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Josh Houldsworth (165) finished second at the 2013 EIWA Championships
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NCAA Bids Up For Grabs as Wrestling Embarks on EIWA Championships

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 03/06/2014
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NEW YORK – One year removed from one of the most historic performances by the Columbia wrestling team at the 2013 EIWA Championships, expectations remain just as high. Columbia, along with the 17 other schools in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association will meet in Philadelphia at The Palestra this weekend to determine the conference’s 47 automatic qualifiers to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City.

Last year, a trio of grapplers reached the finals of their respective weight classes, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1912 season. Steve Santos (149 pounds) became the 19th EIWA Champion in program history, while juniors Matt Bystol and Josh Houldsworth each claimed runner-up finishes. Santos graduated last season as an All-American, but Bystol and Houldworth return to lead a group of talented and highly-motivated wrestlers that will be seeking to continue to raise the bar on a program that has risen its profile exponentially in recent years.

As senior co-captains, Bystol (141) and Houldsworth (165) have guided the Lions to an 8-6 dual meet record that featured five EIWA victories and an undefeated (5-0) mark at home.  Houldsworth was one of four All-Ivy League selections for the Lions, as Angelo Amenta (133) and Shane Hughes (174) were selected to the first team and Penn Gottfried (125) garnered second team recognition.

The EIWA Championships will feature 18 teams vying for the second most automatic qualifiers (47) of any conference. The conference added Boston University, Hofstra, Drexel and Binghamton last summer. The conference tournaments will determine 29 of the qualifiers at each weight classes, with the final four spots being determined via wildcard selection by the NCAA on March 12, creating the field of 33 wrestlers at each weight.

AUTOMATIC QUALIFER BREAKDOWN

Conference

125

133

141

149

157

165

174

184

197

285

Total

Atlantic Coast Conference

3

2

5

4

2

2

3

4

5

4

34

Big 12 Conference

3

2

3

3

2

2

4

1

2

2

24

Big Ten Conference

7

8

6

6

8

8

7

7

8

9

74

Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

6

4

5

4

5

5

3

4

7

4

47

Eastern Wrestling League

2

3

2

3

2

2

2

3

1

2

22

Mid-American Conference

4

5

5

4

5

3

5

5

2

3

41

Pacific-12 Conference

1

3

1

1

1

1

3

2

2

2

17

Southern Conference

1

1

1

3

2

3

1

1

1

2

16

West Regional

2

1

1

1

2

3

1

2

1

1

15

TOTAL QUALIFIERS

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

290

COLUMBIA PROBABLES

125 – Penn Gottfried (15-13)
Gottfried capped the regular season with consecutive wins against Harvard’s Max Mejia and Brown’s Vincent Moita to finish the Ivy League season 3-2, earning a spot on the All-Ivy League second team. Of his 15 wins, he has earned bonus points in six bouts with two majors, two tech falls and two pins. One of his tech falls came at the New York State Championships where he finished as the ‘A’ division runner-up.

133 – Angelo Amenta (17-9)
Amenta put together a strong dual campaign as sophomore, running the table through the final five bouts against Ivy League opponents to earn a spot on the conference’s first team. In 14 dual bouts, Amenta posted an 11-3 record that included two major decisions and a fall against Brown’s Anthony Finocchiaro in the season finale. He also earned placewinner honors at the New York State Championships, claiming fifth.

141 – No. 32 Matt Bystol (17-10)
Bystol, who finished as the runner-up at last year’s EIWA Championships at 133 pounds, will look to make his mark at 141 pounds this weekend.  He began the 2013-14 season with consecutive runner-up finishes at the Michigan State Open and the New York State Championships and has accumulated 17 wins over the course of the year. Bystol brought his season fall total up to four with a pin of Brown’s Zachary Tanenbaum in the Lions final dual bout against the Bears on Feb. 23.

149 – Ryan Ponte (12-8)
Ponte raced out of the gate this season, winning nine of his first 11 bouts. The junior won five bouts at the Wilkes Open before winning his first four duals that included a major decision against Gardner Webb’s Tyler Ziegler. Ponte split the final two dual bouts of the season, topping Harvard’s Nick Stager, 3-2, but dropping a decision by the same score to Brown’s Steven Galiardo.

157 – Markus Scheidel (23-9)
Scheidel wasted no time adapting to the collegiate level, as the first-year racked up a team best 23 victories and a 10-4 mark against opponents from EIWA schools. His 10 major decisions is double that of any other grappler in the Lions’ lineup. Scheidel began his Columbia career with a fifth-place finish at the Michigan State Open and then claimed third at the New York State Championships. In dual action, the Bay Village, Ohio, native is 9-5.

165 – No. 25 Josh Houldsworth (21-10)
Houldsworth joins Scheidel as the only two Lions to top 20 wins this season, posting a 21-10 record and a 10-4 mark in dual bouts. The senior from White Lake, Mich. earned a spot on the podium at three early season tournaments, taking third at the MSU Open, fourth at the NYS Championships and sixth at Midlands.  Houldsworth highlighted his All-Ivy League honorable mention selections with a pin of Harvard’s Brennan Smith and a 10-2 major decision against Brown’s Philip Marano in the final two duals of the year.

174 – No. 30 Shane Hughes (18-6)
Hughes extended his current win streak to 11 bouts with wins over Harvard’s Ian Roy and Brown’s Ricky McDonald to earn a spot beside Amenta on the All-Ivy League first team. During that win streak, Hughes has posted six falls and four major decisions, with 12 of his 18 wins this season coming with bonus points (seven falls, five majors). In 10 dual competitions, he has lost just once to No. 15 Elliot Riddick of Lehigh in an 8-4 decision.

184 – No. 30 Zack Hernandez (19-9)
Hernandez reeled off seven wins in the first seven bouts of the season, winning the 184-pound freshman/sophomore bracket at the MSU Open and then claiming fourth in the ‘A’ division at the NYS Championships. The sophomore put together another seven-bout win streak to start the 2014 calendar year, all by decision in dual bouts. He split the final two bouts of the year, winning by injury default against Harvard’s Cameron Croy and then dropping a narrow 6-3 decision to No. 9 Ophir Bernstein from Brown.

197 – Matt Idelson (7-12)
Idelson snapped a five-bout losing streak in the season finale when Brown’s Sebastian Levin was unable to continue after being injured, giving the Lions six team points and Idelson his first dual vistory since pinning Gardner-Webb’s Terry Henderson on Jan. 19. The pin was one of two this year for the Glen Mills, Pa., native.

285 – Mike Fetchet (10-8)
Fetchet carries a 10-8 overall mark into the EIWA Championships, with three falls and three major decisions. He will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping the season finale to Harvard’s David Ng in a 5-3 decision. In the season’s first two tournaments, Fetchet placed sixth in the 197-pound freshman/sophomore bracket at the MSU Open and fifth in the same weight class in the ‘B’ division of the NYS Championships.

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