PRINCETON, N.J. -- Five Columbia wrestlers are in the third-place semifinals and the Lions stand in sixth place with 60.5 points following the first day of the 2012 EIWA Championships on Saturday at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym.
Kyle Gilchrist (133), Steve Santos (149), Jake O'Hara (157), Stephen West (174) and Kevin Lester (285) will start Sunday in the consolation semifinals in their respective brackets. Their hopes for an NCAA auto bid remain alive.
Here is the schedule for Sunday:
9 a.m. - Doors Open
10 a.m. - Session III begins (semi-consolations)
11 a.m. - Place finals
1 p.m. - Jadwin cleared and reset
2 p.m. - Doors re-open
2:45 p.m. - EIWA Hall of Fame introductions
3 p.m. - Session IV begins (championships)
STILL IN CONTENTION FOR NCAA AUTO-BID:
Top 5 Earn NCAA Bids
Senior Kyle Gilchrist went 3-1 on the day, bouncing back strong in the consolation bracket. After losing to third-seeded Mason Beckman, 3-0, in his first match of the day, Gilchrist pinned Sacred Heart’s Andrew Polldora in 2:13, took a 7-0 decision over sixth-seeded Mike DeMarco of Rutgers and won by default in 5:40 over eighth-seeded Christopher Perez of Princeton. Gilchrist opens Sunday in the third-place semifinals against seventh-seeded Naryman Arujau of Cornell.
Top 6 Earn NCAA Bids
Fourth-seeded junior Steve Santos was 3-1 on the day. He opened with a 9-2 win over Navy’s Peyton Walsh but got knocked out of the championship bracket with an 8-4 loss to Penn’s Stephen Robertson, the sixth seed. Santos responded with a 6-1 win over Army’s Ryan Bilyeu and am 11-0 major decision over Franklin & Marshall’s Andrew Murano. Santos will open Sunday in the third-place consolation round against second-seeded Corey Jantzen of Harvard.
Top 6 Earn NCAA Bids
Sixth-seeded Jake O'Hara went 2-1 and came back strong in the wrestle back after losing a 4-0 decision to third-seeded Walter Peppelman of Harvard in the championship bracket. O’Hara pinned Sacred Heart’s Joseph Evangelista in 2:40 and edged Penn’s Troy Hernandez, 5-3 to earn his spot in tomorrow’s third-place semifinals. He will face fourth-seeded Daniel Kolodzik of Princeton.
Top 4 Earn NCAA Bids
Third-seeded Stephen West started the day strong with a 13-5 major decision over American’s Phillip Barreiro. A 5-2 loss to Brown’s Dave Foxen sent him to the consolation bracket, but West battled back. He defeated Harvard’s Josh Popple, 9-2, and claimed a 3-1 sudden victory over Franklin & Marshall’s Matt Fullowan. West will face top-seeded Greg Zannetti of Rutgers in the third-place semifinals.
Top 3 Earn NCAA Bids
Fifth-seeded Kevin Lester lost to Cornell’s Maciej Jochym, 8-1, in his first bout of the day but came back strong in the wrestle backs. Lester defeated Harvard’s David Ng by major decision, 10-1, and pinned eighth-seeded Daniel Mills of Army in 18 seconds to earn a spot in Sunday’s third-place semifinals. Lester will face third-seeded Steven Graziano of Penn. Of all of Columbia’s wrestlers still fighting for NCAA auto-bids, Lester has the smallest margin for error as he will have to take third place to get a guaranteed trip to the national championships.