113th EIWA Championships beginning Friday at Bucknell

113th EIWA Championships beginning Friday at Bucknell

2017 Bracket
2017 EIWA Consensus Preseeds

LEWISBURG, Pa.
 — The American University wrestling team is heading to Lewisburg, Pa., this weekend, March 3-4, for the 113th EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) Championships, hosted by Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion. Action begins Friday at 11 a.m. and will conclude Saturday at 4 p.m.

ABOUT THE EIWA: This year, the EIWA will receive 43 automatic qualifiers, earning spots based on the final coaches' panel rankings, ratings percentage index (RPI) and Division I winning percentage.  The breakdown of the automatic bids per weight class for the EIWA is as follows - 125 (2), 133 (4), 141 (5), 149 (3), 157 (4), 165 (4), 174 (6), 184 (7), 197 (4) and 285 (4).

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 49 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7.  All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.  The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches' rankings; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.

LAST YEAR AT THE EIWA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Senior captain John Boyle earned a second-place finish at 157 pounds to lead the Eagles at the 2016 EIWA Championships, held at Princeton University's Jadwin Gymnasium. 

Meanwhile, five other AU wrestlers finished as place-winners, as American placed seventh in the team standings with 63 points.  Cornell led the team field with 170.5 points, followed by Lehigh and Bucknell in second and third, respectively.

Senior captain David Terao (125) and sophomore Jeric Kasunic (197) each placed fifth, junior Tom Page (149) and redshirt senior Mitchell Wightman (165) placed sixth, and redshirt senior Tyler Scotton (141) finished seventh.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: 
125: Josh Terao (#10 NCAA // #11 FloWrestling // #11 OpenMat // #12 InterMat)
133: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (#27 NCAA)
197: Jeric Kasunic (#30 NCAA)

HAWAII 5-0: Redshirt Sophomore Josh Terao is nearing is 50th career win as a member of the Eagles. Entering the EIWA Championship, Terao is 46-21 with 25 wins coming this season. He finished first at the Wolfpack Open and third at Midlands Championships. Terao is on a seven-match winning streak with his last defeat coming to Lehigh's Darian Cruz on Jan. 14. Terao has a victory over Drexel's Tanner Shoap, Binghamton's Steve Bulzomi and Bucknell's Jordan Gessner.

MR. 305: Redshirt Senior Esteban Gomez-Rivera has battled illness this season but had a terrific comeback picking up three wins at the AU Duals. Gomez-Rivera has 72 career wins and enters the championship with a 21-3 record this season. Gomez-Rivera is 9-1 since the calendar jumped to 2017. Gomez-Rivera holds win over Drexel's Kevin Devoy, Army's Austin Harry. His lone defeat in the calendar year is to Bucknell's Joey Gould.

MAJOR PAYNE: Junior Jeric Kasunic is ranked 30th in the latest NCAA Coaches Poll is 20-8 on the season. For his career, Kasunic is 62-30 with eight major decisions and 28 falls. He has won his last four bouts and took a major decision at Ohio defeating Nate Hall. In a home dual against Old Dominion, Kasunic pinned Kaleab Fetahi in 2:52. He placed third at the Wilkes Open and fifth at the Wolfpack Open. He has four major decisions and seven falls as a junior.

Pre-EIWA Interview with head coach Teague Moore
Mar 2, 2017

2017 EIWA Championships Information
Friday, March 3
Session 1:
      - 11 a.m.: Championship First Round
      - 2:15 p.m.: First Round Wrestlebacks
Session 2:
      - 6 p.m.: Championship Quarterfinals
      - 7:30 p.m.: Wrestleback Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 4
Session 3:
      - 10 a.m.: Semifinals
      - 11:45 p.m.: Wrestleback Semifinals
      - 12:35 p.m.: 7th-Place Matches
Session 4:
      - 4 p.m.: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Place Matches

Ticket Information
Advance All-Session Ticket: (Purchase Now)
Adult: $75
Student/Children: $30

At the Door All-Session Ticket:
Adult: $90
Student/Children: $40

Single-Session Tickets:
Session 1: Adult ($30)/Student ($15): Purchase Tickets to Session 1
Session 2: Adult ($30)/Student ($15): Purchase Tickets to Session 2
Session 3: Adult ($25)/Student ($12): Purchase Tickets to Session 3
Session 4: Adult ($25)/Student ($12): Purchase Tickets to Session 4

Note: Student ticket valid for competing institution student with valid ID and children 18 and under