@AU_Wrestling Notes: EIWA Gets 47 Slots for NCAAs

Jeric Kasunic battles an opponent this season.

WASHINGTON, D.C – The NCAA announced the allocations given to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association for potential slots available for the NCAA Division I National Championships.

The EIWA received 47 slots, second only to the 80 given to the Big Ten Conference.

EIWA Allocations per weight class – 125 (1), 133 (3), 141 (4), 149 (4), 157 (6), 165 (6), 174 (5), 184 (7), 197 (6), 285 (5).

American will participate in the EIWA Championships, hosted by Hofstra University, on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.

Ticket information and the schedule of events can be found at this link: http://gohofstra.com/sports/2017/10/3/2018-eiwa-championships-tournament-central.aspx



New rankings from the NCAA Coaches Panel were released this week and the NCAA posted new RPI calculations for the top wrestlers in the country.

American's four student-athletes who have been ranked throughout the season, stayed basically in the same positions in the newest rankings.

Redshirt junior Josh Terao (133 pounds) will head into the EIWAs in 11th in the coaches panel list and 10th in RPI. Fellow junior Michael Sprague was 18th at 149 pounds and 20th in the RPI.

Senior Jeric Kasunic is AU's highest-ranked wrestler, tying for eighth at 197 pounds in the coaches panel and 13th in RPI. Fifth-year senior heavyweight Brett Dempsey stayed 26th in the coaches list and was 25th in RPI.

Redshirt freshman Gage Curry was 28th in the RPI list at 125 pounds.



The National Wrestling Coaches Association this week released its only mid-major poll of the season. American placed 16th in the ranking, which included schools not in conferences traditionally listed among the "power 5".

The Eagles were one of six teams from the EIWA listed in the ranking, which was topped by EIWA members Lehigh and Cornell. In a testament to AU's strength of schedule, there were six Eagle opponents listed in the ranking, including No. 10 Binghamton, which AU defeated, 20-14, in early February.