About the EIWA Championships
The 113th EIWA Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at Sojka Pavilion. A total of 16 teams will be competing at the historic event. Cornell has won the team championship each of the last 10 years, while Lehigh won it the previous five years. Tournament seeds and brackets will be released Thursday evening, March 2.

Tournament Schedule (Live Video: FloWrestling ($) | Live Results: FloWrestling
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

Participating Teams
American (6-8, 0-7 EIWA)
Army West Point (7-5, 5-3 EIWA)
Binghamton (9-7, 8-4 EIWA)
Brown (8-7, 6-5 EIWA)
Bucknell (12-4, 9-1 EIWA)
Columbia (3-12, 2-7 EIWA)
Cornell (13-2, 8-0 EIWA)
Drexel (13-6, 8-3 EIWA)
Franklin & Marshall (4-9, 1-7 EIWA)
Harvard (3-8, 3-5 EIWA)
Hofstra (6-11, 2-6 EIWA)
Lehigh (10-4, 7-1 EIWA)
Navy (8-3, 1-2 EIWA)
Penn (6-8, 4-7 EIWA)
Princeton (9-8, 6-3 EIWA)
Sacred Heart (3-12, 0-6 EIWA)

NCAA Qualifiers from EIWA Championships
The EIWA will have 43 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, which will take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Forty-nine additional at-large qualifiers who do not earn automatic berths will be selected at the conclusion of all conference tournaments. 

EIWA Automatic NCAA Qualifiers by Weight Class (43)
125: 2
133: 4
141: 5
149: 3
157: 4
165: 4
174: 6
184: 7
197: 4
285: 4

Return of Bucknell Wrestling

The Bucknell wrestling program was discontinued following the 2001-02 season, but was brought back in 2005 thanks in large part to a generous donation from Bill Graham ’62. The Bison’s first season of competition after reinstatement was 2006-07 and they are 110-101-2 (.521) since then. Sixteen different wrestlers have combined for 33 NCAA appearances and four All-America certificates over that span.

Bucknell’s Year-by-Year Records Since Reinstatement
2006-07: 12-9-1, 3-3-1 EIWA
2007-08: 9-11-1, 4-4 EIWA
2008-09: 11-9, 5-3 EIWA
2009-10: 12-6, 6-0 EIWA
2010-11: 7-11, 2-5 EIWA
2011-12: 4-16, 2-4 EIWA
2012-13: 6-14, 2-5 EIWA
2013-14: 10-11, 5-4 EIWA
2014-15: 15-4, 8-1 EIWA
2015-16: 12-6, 6-3 EIWA
2016-17: 12-4, 9-1 EIWA

Bucknell’s EIWA Championships History
Bucknell first joined the EIWA in 1999-2000 and has wrestled at the EIWA Championships 13 times. The first year the Bison competed they were not awarded team points. Since then, they have nine top-10 finishes, including back-to-back third-place finishes the past two years.

Bucknell’s EIWA Team Finishes
2000: no team points awarded
2001: 10th of 14 (30 points) 
2002: 12th of 13 (12.5) 
2007: 9th of 14 (40) 
2008: 8th of 14 (43.5) 
2009: t-3rd of 14 (79) 
2010: 4th of 13 (103.5) 
2011: 8th of 13 (59) 
2012: 13th of 14 (28.5)
2013: 10th of 14 (47)
2014: 15th of 18 (42.5)
2015: 3rd of 16 (90)
2016: 3rd of 16 (84)

EIWA Individual Titles
Bucknell wrestlers have claimed an EIWA individual title on three occassions. Andy Rendos won the 165-pound crown in 2010, current assistant coach Kevin LeValley captured the 149-pound title in 2011, and Joe Stolfi was the 285-pound champion in 2014.

Double-Figure Wins
• With a 12-4 record this year, Bucknell has reached double figures in victories for a fourth consecutive year for the first time in program history.
• Bucknell has a program-record 39 wins over the last three years, eclipsing the previous record of 37.
• Bucknell’s senior class will graduate with a program record 49 dual victories.

Starting Lineups
• Bucknell used 12 different starting lineups in its 16 dual matches this year.
• Bucknell had two or fewer starters at seven of its 10 weight classes.
• Five Bison wrestlers -- Jordan Gessner, Tyler Smith, Victor Lopez, Tom Sleigh, Tyler Greene -- started all 16 duals.

Difficult Schedule
• Bucknell faced four ranked opponents in 2016-17, including then-No. 1 Oklahoma State in the season opener. The Bison have now wrestled 55 ranked foes over the last 10 campaigns.
• The Bison last defeated a ranked opponent Jan. 10, 2015 when they downed then-No. 17 Rider 25-12 at the Virginia Duals.

Individual Win Streaks
Four Bison enter the EIWA Championships on personal winning streaks: Tom Sleigh (+19), Tyler Smith (+10), Victor Lopez (+6), and Garrett Hoffman (+2).

Wirnsberger Second on Wins List
Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger ranks second on the Bison career wins list with 110. He has guided Bucknell to a 110-101-2 mark over the last 11 years and trails only longtime Bison mentor Bob Ferraro, who posted a 169-175-6 mark from 1974-97. On a career level, Wirnsberger owns a solid 136-123-2 mark.

Bison Headlines
• Three of Bucknell's program-record tying six national qualifiers from last year return to the postseason lineup this year. They are Tyler Smith (141), Victor Lopez (157), and Tom Sleigh (197).
• Bucknell’s EIWA lineup consists of four freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors and three seniors.
• Bucknell outscored its opponents 347-263 in its 16 duals this season.
• During his current 19-match winning streak, Tom Sleigh has recorded bonus points 12 times, including each of his past six matches. He has two falls, three tech falls and 10 major decisions. Sleigh hasn't lost since the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 3, 2016.
Tyler Smith has won three of his past four matches against ranked opponents. The most recent of those victories was a 14-10 overtime win over then-No.16 Logan Everett (Army West Point).
Victor Lopez is 23-5 on the season, giving him at least 23 wins in all four years at Bucknell. He has 17 career falls and six tech falls. Lopez had 10 career wins against ranked opponents, including two this season.
• Senior Tyler Greene stepped into the heavyweight role this season and has excelled in the new spot. He is 17-9 with wins in eight of his final nine regular season matches. Greene went 8-2 in EIWA duals. 

Bucknell Individuals at EIWA Championships
Just four of Bucknell’s 10 projected wrestlers at the EIWA Championships have previous postseason experience. The four wrestlers have combined for a 23-17 career mark at EIWAs.

Bucknell Individuals at EIWA Championships
• Tyler Smith (Career at EIWAs: 6-3)
- 2015: 5-1 (141 pounds) - 3rd place
Patrick Prada (Navy), W, MD 17-5
Jordan Laster (Princeton), L, Dec 7-4
Dylan Caruana (Binghamton), W, Dec 5-3
Dylan Realbuto (Cornell), W, Dec 2-0
Jamel Hudson (Hofstra), W, Fall (2:30)
David Pearce (Drexel), W, Dec 9-8 (sv1)
-2016: 1-2 (141 pounds)
Jamel Hudson (Hofstra), W, Fall (6:31)
Jordan Laster (Princeton), L, Dec 9-5.
Dylan Realbuto (Cornell), L, Fall (6:21)

• Victor Lopez (Career at EIWAs: 9-7)
- 2014: 2-3 (149 pounds) - 8th place
Cole Moseley (American), W, Dec 6-2
Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra), L, Fall (1:44)
Mark Marchetti (Army), W, Dec 8-4
Alex Johnson (Navy), L, Dec 4-2
Noel Blanco (Drexel), L, Inj. Def.
- 2015: 4-2 (149 pounds) - 4th place
Corey Wilding (Navy), W, TF 15-0 (6:24)
Matthew Cimato (Drexel), L, Dec 8-2
Connor Sutton (Columbia), W, MD 11-1
Steve Galiardo (Brown), W, Dec 4-3
Charles Cobb (Penn), W, Dec 3-2
Matthew Cimato (Drexel), L, Dec 5-3
-2016: 3-2 (149 pounds) - 4th place
Frankie Garcia (Binghamton), W, Dec 3-1.
Laike Gardner (Lehigh), W, Dec 5-3 (sv1)
Matt Cimato (Drexel), L, MD 9-0.
Steven Galiardo (Brown), W, Fall (6:27)
Laike Gardner (Lehigh), L, Dec 6-5 (tb2)

• Tom Sleigh (Career at EIWAs: 6-4)
- 2015: 3-2 (184 pounds)
Anthony Mancini (Franklin & Marshall), W, MD 10-1
Jack McKeever (Binghamton), W, Dec 3-0
Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh), L, Dec 7-3
Ophir Bernstein (Brown), L, MD 13-0
Jack McKeever (Binghamton), W, Dec 1-0
- 2016: 3-2 (184 pounds) - 7th place
Cory Damiana (Hofstra), W, MD 11-1.
Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh), L, Dec 5-2.
Stephen Loiseau (Drexel), L, Dec 7-0 
Samson Imonode (Army), L, Dec 8-2.
Elliot Antler (Sacred Heart), W, TF 16-1 (4:52).

• Tyler Greene (Career at EIWAs: 2-3)
- 2016: 2-3 (197 pounds) - 8th place
Omar Haddad (Hofstra), W, Dec 7-3.
Brett Harner (Princeton), L, Dec 6-2.
Joshua Murphy (Drexel), W, Dec 5-2.
Owen Scott (Cornell), L, Dec 13-8.
Michael Woulfe (Navy), L, MD 10-2.

• Jordan Gessner, Joey Gould, Seth Hogue, Logan Kerin, DJ Hollingshead, and Garrett Hoffman (Career at EIWAs: 0-0) 

Up Next
Bucknell’s NCAA qualifiers will participate in the NCAA Championships March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.