PHILADELPHIA – The Columbia wrestling team concluded a successful first day at the 2014 EIWA Championships in fifth place as a team with 50.5 points, just 1.5 behind Hofstra for fourth place. Markus Scheidel (157 pounds), Josh Houldsworth (165) and Shane Hughes (174) all remain in contention for an EIWA Individual Championship after reaching the semifinals with two wins on the day.

 Scheidel, competing in his first EIWA Championship tournament, showed some veteran resolve in his quarterfinals bout against Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. The No. 2 seed at 157 pounds, Realbuto held a 3-1 lead entering the third period, but seventh-seeded Scheidel closed the gap with and early escape. Realbuto fended off Scheidel for most of the period, but the Columbia rookie scored a takedown with just 16 seconds remaining to capture the 4-3 decision, securing a spot in the semifinals on Sunday against Lehigh’s Joseph Napoli. That match will be a rematch of a Nov. 30 meeting at the Northeast Duals won by Napoli, 3-2.

Senior Josh Houldsworth, the fourth seed at 165 pounds, was a force to be reckon with in the quarterfinals. Binghamton’s Vincent Grella kept it close, trailing Houldsworth just 2-0 after one period, but Columbia’s co-captain posted a six-point second period to go up 8-0. An escape preceded a strong takedown just nine seconds into the period. Houldsworth kept Grella down for the remainder of the second period, scoring a three-point nearfall in the latter stages. He would add a pair of takedowns in the final two minutes to record the 13-1 major decision. Houldsworth will need to bring the same intensity in the semifinals, facing off against the top seed, Dylan Palacio from Cornell on Sunday.

Second-seeded Shane Hughes competed in his second very tough bout of the day in the 174-pound quarterfinals, knocking off Brown’s Ricky McDonald with a 4-2 decision. Hughes held a 2-1 lead after the first period, but McDonald evened things up with an escape late in the second period. Choosing bottom to start the third, Hughes escaped with 1:31 remaining and held on for the victory. Navy’ Matthew Miller awaits Hughes in the semifinals.

Fifth-seeded Angelo Amenta lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals to fourth-seeded Vincent Dellefave. Wrestling to a 3-3 tie through the first three periods, Amenta and Dellefave headed to overtime, completing the first extra minute without any additional scoring. The second overtime saw the tie split with Dellefave escaping with six seconds left. He would keep Amenta down in the final overtime to move onto the semifinals. The Columbia sophomore bounced back in strong fashion in the consolation bracket, racing out to a 7-0 lead in the first period and then capping the bout with an eight point third period to post the tech fall against Penn’s McKendry Bade.

Senior Matt Bystol recovered from his opening round loss with a pair of wins via decision in the consolation bracket to remain in contention for an NCAA bid heading into Sunday. American’s Tom Page went down in a 5-3 decision to Bystol to begin consolation action. In the next round, Lehigh’s Laike Gardner scored the first points on an escape in the second period, but Bystol responded with a takedown 30 seconds later. Bystol added an escape in the third period to earn the 3-1 decision, setting up a meeting the Franklin & Marshall’s Richard Durso in the consolation quarterfinals.

Zack Hernandez battled the third-seeded Ophir Bernstein from Brown valiantly in the quarterfinals, but went down in a 6-0 decision. Hernandez came right back with a shutout of his own in the consolation bracket, scoring a first period takedown and the riding time point to defeat Rutgers’ Dan Seidenberg, 3-0.

Penn Gottfried (125), Ryan Ponte (149) and Matt Idelson (197) each won bouts via decision in the consolations before being eliminated from the tournament.

Day two of the EIWA Championships from The Palestra in Philadelphia commences at 10 a.m. Sunday morning with the championship quarterfinals and the remaining rounds of the consolation brackets. The championship finals are slated for a 4 p.m. start.


Session 1 Midpoint Update

Columbia finished the early portion of the first day of the 2014 EIWA Championships with five student-athletes advancing through the first round of the championship brackets, earning the Lions 13 team points to stand in 10th place.

Columbia’s 133-pounder, sophomore Angelo Amenta came out with a dominant performance in the first round, posting an 8-0 major decision against Franklin & Marshall’s Robert Ruiz. Amenta scored his first points a minute into the bout, taking down Ruiz. He added a second takedown late in the second period to go up 4-0 and then started the third period with an escape 20 seconds in. Looking to add to his point total, Amenta took down Ruiz one more time with 17 seconds remaining before adding the riding time point to complete the major decision.

At 157 pounds, first-year Markus Scheidel notched an 11-6 decision over Navy’s Zack Johnson. Scheidel built a 6-2 advantage heading into the final period, where nine points would be scored in an exciting final minute. Scheidel scored a reversal with 54 seconds remaining, but Johnson quickly escaped, but was back on the ground via another Scheidel takedown. Johnson was able to notch a reversal and earned another point on a stalling penalty, but Scheidel escaped one last time to bring the final score to 11-6.

Senior Josh Houldsworth continued the winning for Columbia with another decision at 165 pounds. Going up against a familiar foe in Princeton’s Judd Ziegler, Houldsworth went up 4-0 early in the second period with a two-point nearfall. The White Lake, Mich., native tallied an escape and takedown in the first minute of the final period to extend his lead to 7-0. Ziegler got on the board with an escape in the waning seconds, but Houldsworth added the riding time for the 8-1 decision.

The 174-pound first round bout was a vicious battle between Columbia’s Shane Hughes and Bucknell’s Robert Schlitt. Schlitt scored the initial two points on a takedown 25 second in, but Hughes escaped and scored his own takedown to carry a 3-2 lead into the second period. The middle period passed without any scoring, setting the stage for a tough third period. Hughes began the third with an escape, but Schlitt evened the bout up with a takedown with 39 seconds remaining. The tie was short-lived, as Hughes escaped and then added the riding time point for the 6-4 decision.

Zack Hernandez picked up bonus points for Columbia at 184 pounds, scoring the 9-0 major decision in the first round against Paul Alessandrini. Hernandez registered two takedowns in the first two periods, before exploding for five points in the third period. An escape and takedown extended Hernandez’s lead to 7-0 and was awarded penalty point and the riding time at the end of the bout.

Ryan Ponte won the first bout of the tournament at 149 pounds, defeating Army’s Mark Marchetti in the pigtail round, 2-0, but fell in the round of 16 to Lehigh’s Mitch Minotti, 4-0.

R16: David Terao (Amer) won by decision over Penn Gottfried (Col), 9-2
CON: Penn Gottfried (Col) won by decision over Caleb Richardson (Penn), 4-0
CON: Darien Cruz (Lehigh) won by decision over Penn Gottfried (Col), 2-1

R16: Angelo Amenta (Col) won by maj. dec. over Robert Ruiz (F&M), 8-0
QF: Vincent Dellefave (Rutgers) won in tie breaker over Angelo Amenta (Col), TB-1 4-3
CON: Angelo Amenta (Col) won by tech fall over McKendry Bade (Penn), 15-0, 7:00

R16: Tyler Rauenzahn (Army) won by decision over Matt Bystol (Col), 7-3
CON: Matt Bystol (Col) won by decision over Tom Page (Amer), 5-3
CON: Matt Bystol (Col) won by decision over Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 3-1

Pigtail: Ryan Ponte (Col) wins by decision over Mark Marchetti (Army), 2-0
R16: Mitch Minotti (Lehigh) won by decision over Ryan Ponte (Col), 4-0
CON: Ryan Ponte (Col) won by decision over Nick Stager (Harv), 2-0
CON: Richard Krop (Prince) won by maj. dec. over Ryan Ponte (Col), 14-1

R16: Markus Scheidel (Col) won by decision over Zach Johnson (Navy), 11-6
QF: Markus Scheidel (Col) won by decision over Richard McDonald (Brown), 4-2

R16: Josh Houldsworth (Col) won by decision over Judson Ziegler (Prince), 8-1
QF: Josh Houldsworth (Col) won by maj. dec. over Vincent Grella (Bing), 13-1

R16: Shane Hughes (Col) won by decision over Rob Schlitt (Buck), 6-4
QF: Shane Hughes (Col) won by decision over Richard McDonald (Brown), 4-2

R16: Zack Hernandez (Col) won by maj. dec. over Paul Alessandrini (F&M), 9-0
QF: Ophir Bernstein (Brown) won by decision over Zack Hernandez (Col), 6-0
CON: Zack Hernandez (Col) won by decision over Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers), 3-0

R16: Abram Ayala (Prince) won by decision over Matt Idelson (Col), 8-3
CON: Matt Idelson (Col) won by decision over Alex Najjar (BU), 5-4
CON: Brandon Palik (Drexel) won by decision over Matt Idelson (Col), 5-0

R16: Joe Stolfi (Buck) won by fall over Mike Fetchet (Col), 6:14
CON: Michael Hughes (Hof) won by maj. dec. over Mike Fetchet (Col), 11-0