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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Columbia wrestling stands in fifth place
with 42 points and nine wrestlers still alive after the first session of the
2013 EIWA Championships. Matt Bystol (133), Steve Santos (149), Jake O'Hara
(157) and Josh Houldsworth (165) have advance to the semifinals of the
championship round slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
The total of four is the most wrestlers Columbia has ever had reach the semifinals of the championship round since the 1930s. Columbia last had three wrestlers reach the semis at the 2005 EIWA Championships held at Navy.
Still in action in the consolation bracket are: Penn
Gottfried (125), Alec Mooradian (141), Stephen West (174), Nick Mills (197) and
Chris Manna (HWT).
Santos highlighted the first round for Columbia with a pair
of falls as the top-seed of the 149-pound bracket. Bystol upset the top seed in
the 133-pound bracket, Vincent Dellafave from Rutgers, with a 6-1 decision in
the quarterfinals. Houldsworth also provided Columbia with an upset, downing
the second-seeded Corey Lear from Bucknell with a 10-3 decision to reach the
semifinals of the 165-pound bracket. At 157 pounds, O'Hara opened the
tournament with a major decision over Princeton's Brandon Rolnick.
The semifinals and wrestlebacks will begin tonight at 5:30
p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Complex. Check back tonight for a complete recap
of the days events from Piscataway, N.J.