NEW YORK - The Columbia wrestling team will make the short journey to Piscataway, N.J. and the campus of Rutgers this weekend for the 2013 EIWA Championships.

Six Columbia wrestlers enter the tournament seeded:
133 - Matt Bystol, 8th
149 - Steve Santos, 1st
157 - Jake O'Hara, 5th
165 - Josh Houldsworth, 7th
174 - Stephen West, 4th
197 - Nick Mills, 8th

Competition will begin Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. (through 3 p.m.) with Session 1 and continue at 5:30 p.m. (through 9 p.m.) with Session 2 (semifinals and wrestle-backs). Action picks back up Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. (Session 3, through 12 p.m.) with the wrestle-back semifinals and seventh-place final. The tournament will conclude with the final session (4) slated to begin at 3 p.m. with the fifth, third and first-place matches.

Tickets are on sale for $22 per session ($25 for the finals) or $70 for the tournament. Student tickets can be purchased for $12 per session ($14 for the finals). Orders can be made online or by calling the Rutgers ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). Parking is available on-site at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Fans seeking to watch the EIWA Championships on-line can find the first three sessions on Flo Wrestling and the final session on Rutgers RVision. Both streams will be fee-based.

Rutgers and the EIWA will also be providing results and tournament info via the official twitter account of the 2013 EIWA Championships, @2013EIWARutgers.

The EIWA is historically among the most competitive conferences in Division I wrestling each year. A total of 13 grapplers earned All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships, while 15 EIWA student-athletes are ranked in the top 10 of the latest AWN poll.

Wt.    Rank    Name (School, Yr.)
125     5          Nahshon Garrett (Cornell, Fr.)
141     8          C.J. Cobb (Penn, So.)
          9          Mike Nevinger (Cornell, Jr.)
149     5          Steve Santos (Columbia, Sr.)
157     3          Joey Napoli (Lehigh, Jr.)
165     1          Kyle Dake (Cornell, Sr.)
184     3          Robert Hamlin (Lehigh, Sr.)
          4          Steve Bosak (Cornell, Sr.)
          10        Dan Rinaldi (Rutgers, Sr.)
197     8          Micah Burak (Penn, Sr.)

On Feb. 28, the NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, held inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, March 21-23. The EIWA received 45 qualifier spots. The total is good for second-best in the nation behind the Big Ten Conference's 74 spots.

The number of EIWA wrestlers that will receive automatic bids per weight class:













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For each weight class, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships features 33 wrestlers with 29 auto qualifiers from the conference tournaments and four at-large qualifiers selected by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee. In the final NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings of individual wrestlers, three Columbia wrestlers were ranked in the top 33 of their respective weight classes: Steve Santos (149, fifth), Jake O'Hara (157, 20th) and Stephen West (174, 21st).

The Lions closed out the 2012-13 regular season with a 25-12 triumph over EIWA and Ivy League foe Brown. Columbia went 6-8 in dual action this season and 3-5 against EIWA opponents.

On an individual level, four Columbia wrestlers garnered spots on All-Ivy League teams, highlighted by West's unanimous first-team selection for the second consecutive season. Santos joined West on the first team, while O'Hara and Matt Bystol (133 pounds) were selected to the All-Ivy League Second-Team. All four Lions placed at last year's EIWA Championships, with Santos and O'Hara picking up bids to the NCAA Championships in the process.

Columbia Lineup
125 - Penn Gottfried (6-15 overall, 6-14 at 125 pounds)
Top Four Receive NCAA Bids
After starting the season with victories in three of his first four matches at the New York State Championships, the Columbia junior has just three wins in his last 17 bouts. Against EIWA opponents this season, Gottfried is 3-8 with two wins over Army's Hunter Wood and a triumph over Princeton's Max Rogers.

133 - Matt Bystol (7-9 overall, 4-1 at 133 pounds)
Top Two Receive NCAA Bids
Bystol has had a resurgence on the mat after dropping down to 133 pounds. For the final five matches of the season, the junior has gone 4-1 at his new weight. Bystol turned in decisions against Cornell's Bricker Dixon, Harvard's Shay Warren and Brown's Anthony Finocchiaro to go with a pin of Princeton's Andrew Hirai.  Including his time at 141 pounds, Bystol is 4-4 against EIWA foes.

141 - Alec Mooradian (5-5 overall, 3-4 at 141 pounds)
Top Seven Receive NCAA Bids
Mooradian saw his first collegiate action at the Mustang Duals in California on Jan. 6. Filling in for an injured Santos at 149 pounds in three dual matches, the first-year went 2-1, including a sudden victory over Cal Poly's Damien Arredondo. Following that trip, Mooradian dropped down to 141 pounds and has gone 3-3 against EIWA opponents. The Novi, Mich. native has three wins via decision over American's John Boyle, Princeton's Kevin Moylan and Brown's Cortlandt Choate in the season finale.

149 - No. 5 Steve Santos (22-2)
Top Four Receive NCAA Bids
Favored to be the top seed at 149 pounds, Santos enters the EIWA Championships with a 22-2 overall record and is a perfect 7-0 against EIWA competition, all by decision. Santos has won each of his matches since the Midlands Championships at the end of December. The senior co-captain placed first at both the Michigan State Open and NYS Wrestling Championships, while placing fourth at the Midlands. The prestigious Midwest tournament was the site of Santos' only two blemishes. His only collegiate loss was to Binghamton's Donnie Vinson who ranks fourth in the nation, while his other loss was a close 5-4 decision to former All-America and Iowa wrestler Montell Marion.

157 - Jake O'Hara (19-5)
Top Five Receive NCAA Bids
Fellow senior co-captain, O'Hara recorded a 7-2 record against EIWA foes. O'Hara will enter this weekend with six major decisions, tied with Houldworth for the highest on the team. In his last six wins, O'Hara has three major decisions over Bucknell's Vincent Favia, American's Mark Cirello and Brown's Phillip Marano. He also notched a pin of Princeton's Brandon Rolnick.  

165 - Josh Houldsworth (18-6)
Top Five Receive NCAA Bids
Houldsworth has earned the title of 'breakout performer' this season for the Lions. After going 7-8 as a sophomore, the White Lake, Mich. native has posted an 18-6 overall mark and is 5-5 in EIWA bouts. As well as matching O'Hara for the team-lead with six major decisions, Houldsworth has two falls, including a 1:51 pin of Brown's Giuseppi Lanzo in the regular-season final.

174 - Stephen West (22-5)
Top Four Receive NCAA Bids
With 22 victories, the senior co-captain is tied with classmate Santos for the most wins on the team. He has posted an 8-1 record in EIWA bouts, including five straight victories to end the season. West also leads the Lions in falls and dual points scored. The Fresno, Calif. native has pinned six opponents this season and racked up 45 dual match points. His most recent pin came on Feb. 2 at home against Cornell's Duke Pickett.

184 - Drew Rebling (9-16)
Top Five Receive NCAA Bids
Rebling will enter the EIWA Championships sporting a 9-16 overall record and a 2-6 mark against conference opponents. Rebling's two EIWA wins came on the road against Bucknell's Robert Marchese and Harvard's Michael Mocco, both by decision.

197 - Nick Mills (14-12)
Top Five Receive NCAA Bids
Mills improved to .500 (5-5) in EIWA bouts with an 8-5 decision over Augustus Marker in the season finale.  Mills has downed three opponents this season with pins, including American's Devon Bradley on Jan. 26. The runner-up at the NYW Wrestling Championships, Mills began that tournament with a pin of Alfred State's Travis Harvey.

285 - Chris Manna (5-16)
Top Four Receive NCAA Bids
Manna will be seeking his first win of the season against an EIWA opponent after going 0-8 in the regular season. Manna will also be looking to get back in the win column, following an eight bout losing streak that dates back to the Mustang Duals at Cal Poly where he defeated San Francisco State's Richard Segovia for his last win.