Courtesy Columbia Athletics– Markus Scheidel and Tyrel White earned automatic bids into the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Tournament when Columbia earned their best finish at the EIWA Championships since 2004-05, taking fourth place with 82 points.
White earned a spot in the third place match after an impressive victory over Johnathan Schleifer of Princeton. In a re-match of a multiple-overtime loss for White, the first-year had it today. The score was tied, 3-3, going into the third, but White was able to add three points in the final period, defeating securing at least fourth place in a weight class that had four automatic bids.
In his final match of the day, White held a 2-1 lead on Army’s Coleman Gracey going into the third period. Gracey was able to earn an escape and a takedown, knocking off White, 4-2. The first-year ended the EIWA’s in fourth place at 4-2, but more importantly earns the NCAA automatic bid.
For Scheidel, the EIWA’s produced his first match since Jan. 25, in what had been an injury-ridden season for the sophomore. In a tough weight class that produced the most NCAA automatic bids in the conference with seven, Scheidel did exactly what he needed to do in order to advance.
The No. 5 seed started his tournament with a 7-0 win over Princeton’s Rich Eva. After a loss to Russell Parsons of Army, Scheidel got by Hofstra’s Jahlani Callender, 3-2. Scheidel looked well on his way to the third place match, but Penn’s Brooks Martino denied the Bay Village, Ohio native in a 8-1 win for the Quaker.
The loss to Martino sent Scheidel to the seventh place match, with a win producing an NCAA bid. Scheidel caught Eva early, pinning him in 30 seconds to earn a trip to St. Louis.
A few Lion wrestlers will wait it out, with at-large bids to the NCAA Championships still to be announced this next week.
Columbia tied the record for the most place winners for the Lions at the EIWA Championships with the 2007 squad that also placed eight wrestlers. In addition to Scheidel and White, Johnson Mai (125),Angelo Amenta (133), Shane Hughes (174), Zack Hernandez (184), Matt Idelson (197) and Garrett Ryan (HWT) all got their pictures taken on the podium.
125 – Johnson Mai, 6th
L, 5-3 vs. No. 2 David Terao/American
W, 11-2 vs. Ryan Cash/Princeton
W, 10-5 vs. No. 6 David White/Binghamton
L, 10-4 vs. No. 4 Scott Parker/Lehigh
5th place match – L, 5-0 vs. No. 5 Billy Watterson/Brown
133 – Angelo Amenta, 4th
W, 7-0 vs. Ryan Osleeb/Harvard
W, 6-4 vs. No. 3 Caleb Richardson/Penn
L, 3-2 vs. No. 2 Kevin Devoy/Drexel
W, 7-3 vs. No. 5 Josh Terao/American
3rd place match – L, 7-4 vs. No. 4 Mark Grey/Cornell
157 – Markus Scheidel, 7th
W, 7-0 vs. Rich Eva/Princeton
L, 3-1 vs. No. 4 Russell Parsons/Army
W, 3-2 vs. Jahlani Callender/Hofstra
L, 8-1 vs. No. 8 Brooks Martino/Penn
7th place match W, Fall :30 vs. Rich Eva/Princeton
165 – Tyrel White, 4th
L, Fall vs. Nicholas Elmer/Drexel
W, 9-1 vs. Brad Mutchnik/American
W, Fall vs. Devon Gobbo/Harvard
W, 8-4 No. 6 Marshall Peppleman/Lehigh
W, 6-3 vs. Jonathan Schleifer/Princeton
3rd place match L, 4-2 vs. Coleman Gracey/Army
174 – Shane Hughes, 5th
W, Fall vs. Joey Krulock/Bucknell
L, 13-3 vs. No. 3 Santiago Martinez/Lehigh
W, Fall vs. No. 5 Brad Wukie/Penn
W, 5-1 Steven Schneider/Binghamton
L, 5-2 No. 1 George Pickett/Cornell
5th place match vs. W, Fall vs. Conan Schuster/Sacred Heart
184 – Zack Hernandez, 8th
W, 3-1 vs. No. 7 Jeric Kasunic/American
L, Fall vs. No. 2 Nathaniel Brown/Lehigh
W, 4-1 vs. Josh Popple/Harvard
L, 3-2 vs. Jack McKeever/Binghamton
7th place match L, 4-2 vs. No. 8 Mike Woulfe/Navy
197 – Matt Idelson, 6th
W, Fall vs. Caleb Wallace/Binghamton
L, 8-0 vs. No. 2 Jace Bennett/Cornell
W, 10-9 vs. Charles Kerkesner/Franklin & Marshall
W, 7-6 vs. Steben Cervantes/Navy
L, 8-3 vs. No. 1 Abram Ayala/Princeton
5th place match L, 11-5 vs. Bryce Barnes/Army
HWT – Garrett Ryan, 6th
W, Fall vs. Daniel Hayden/Sacred Heart
W, 3-1 vs. No 5 David Ng/Harvard
L, 9-4 No. 1 Tyler Deuel/Binghamton
L, 5-4 vs. Jacob Aiken-Phillips/Cornell
5th place match L, 2-0 vs. David Ng/Harvard