After day one Cornell leads EIWA Championship with seven semifinalists

By Richard Immel USA Wrestling | March 08, 2014, 6:41 p.m. (ET)
Cornell 125 pounder Nahshon Garrett leading the
charge for the Big Red on day one of the 2014 EIWA
Tony Rotundo/ photo.

Day one of the 2014 EIWA Championships hosted at The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania is in the books with the Cornell Big Red holding a 29.5 point lead over second place Lehigh.

Cornell boasts an impressive seven semifinalists, the most of any team in the competition.

The Big Red are led by the NCAA's No. 1 ranked 125 pound wrestler Nahshon Garrett who earned two victories on the day, each by technical fall. Garrett opened the EIWA Championships with an 18-3 victory over Vincent Moita of Brown followed by a quarterfinal blanking of Brendan Campbell of Navy 17-0.

“I’m just trying to do my best, to score every point and to just dominate people like I know I can,” Garrett said after advancing to the 2014 EIWA semi-finals. “My coach has been doing a great job of training me in the right way and push me in the right direction so I know that I have all the tools to do what I need to do.”

While his Cornell squad is closing in on yet another EIWA Team Championship, Big Red Head Coach Rob Koll admits his team has plenty of work to do on Sunday.

“Our main goal is to get 10 to nationals and right now we are not where we want to be.” Koll said. “This is a great tournament. There are 18 teams and the actual depth is unbelievable this year.”

Even with Cornell boasting such a large lead, another team has caught the eyes of spectators in Philadelphia. Boston University played spoiler on the first day of the EIWA Championships, as two Terrier wrestlers knocked off number one seeds in the early rounds.

Boston’s Tyler Scotton upset defending EIWA Champion and top seed Richard Durso of Franklin & Marshall 4-2 in overtime in the 141 pound quarterfinals. Also, unseeded Terrier Andrew Maksimovic scored a defensive fall over Lehigh’s number one seed Elliot Riddick in the round of 16 with one second left in regulation trailing 14-4 at the time of the fall.

Joining Scotton in the semi-final round will be his Boston University teammate Nestor Taffur, the No. 1 seed at 157 lbs. Taffur won two matches on the day including a 9-5 victory over Anthony Perrotti of Rutgers in the quarter-finals.

In what is slated to be the last season of the Boston University wrestling program, Terrier Head Coach Carl Adams could not be more proud of his team.

“They have worked really, really hard, so I think everything is coming to the forefront,” Adams said. “These guys are incredible. This is the hardest working group I have ever coached.”

At 197 lbs. Army's Bryce Barnes pulled off the other huge upset of the day, downing top seed Brandon Palik of Drexel 8-6. Barnes reversed Palik with one second remaining in regulation to advance to the semi-finals.

The team currently sitting at number two behind Cornell is Lehigh who has put four wrestlers through to the semi-finals.

Leading the way for Lehigh is 133-pound standout Mason Beckman who earned two impressive major decision victories on day one. Beckman defeated Boston’s Dane Harlowe 9-0 in the quarterfinals.

Other Lehigh semifinalists include Mitch Minotti at 149 lbs., Joseph Napoli at 157 lbs. and Max Wessell at 285 lbs.

The 2014 EIWA Championships will resume on March 9 with the semifinals at 10:00 a.m. EST with the Championship finals being wrestled at 4:00 p.m. EST.

For complete brackets and results for the 2014 EIWA Championships please visit

Team Standings
1. Cornell University 93.0
2. Lehigh University 63.5
3. Rutgers University 62.5
4. Hofstra University 54.0
5. Columbia University 51.0

Semifinal Matchups

125 lbs.
No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) vs. No. 4 Paul Petrov (Bucknell)
No. 3 Jamie Franco (Hofstra) vs. No. 2 David Terao

133 lbs.
No. 1 Mason Beckman (Lehigh) vs. No. 4 Vincent Dellefave (Rutgers)
No. 6 Kevin Devoy (Drexel) vs. Mark Grey (Cornell)

141 lbs.
No. 9 Tyler Scotton (Boston) vs. No. 4 Todd Preston (Harvard)
No. 3 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) vs. No. 2 Michael Nevinger (Cornell)

149 lbs.
No. 1 Chris Villalonga (Cornell) vs. No. 5 Ken Theobold (Rutgers)
No. 3 Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) vs. No. 2 Mitchell Minotti (Lehigh)

157 lbs.
No. 1 Nestor Taffur (Boston) vs. Austin Sommer (Drexel)
No. 3 Joseph Napoli (Lehigh) vs. No. 7 Markus Scheidel (Columbia)

165 lbs.
No. 1 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) vs. No. 4 Josh Houldsworth (Columbia)
No. 3 Casey Kent (Penn) vs. No. 2 Joseph Booth (Hofstra)

174 lbs.
No. 8 Bradley Wukie (Penn) vs. No. 5 Brian Harvey (Army)
No. 3 Mathew Miller (Navy) vs. No. 2 Shane Hughes (Columbia)

184 lbs.
No. 1 Gabriel Dean (Cornell) vs. Cameron Croy (Harvard)
No. 3 Ophir Bernstein (Brown) vs. No. 2 Lawrence Thomas (Penn)

197 lbs.
No. 9 Bryce Barnes (Army) vs. No. 5 Cody Reed (Binghamton)
No. 6 Abram Ayala (Princeton) vs. No. 2 Jace Bennett (Cornell)

285 lbs.
No. 1 William Smith (Rutgers) vs. No. 4 Blake Herrin (American)
No. 6 Max Wessell (Lehigh) vs. No. 2 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell)

Quarterfinal Results

125 lbs.
Nashon Garrett (Cornell) tech fall Brendan Campbell (Navy) 17-0
Paul Petrov (Bucknell) dec Darian Cruz (Lehigh) 4-3
Jamie Franco (Hofstra) dec David White (Binghamton) 4-1
David Terao (American) fall Chris McGinley (Boston) 2:48

133 lbs.
Mason Beckman (Lehigh) maj dec Dane Harlowe (Boston) 9-0
Vincent Dellefave (Rutgers) dec Angelo Amenta (Columbia) 4-3 TB1
Kevin Devoy (drexel) maj dec Esteban Gomez-Rivera (American) 17-8
Mark Grey (Cornell) dec Jeffrey Ott (Harvard) 5-1

141 lbs.
Tyler Scotton (Boston) dec Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall) 4-2 SV1
Todd Preston (Harvard) dec Laike Gardner (Lehigh) 6-1
Luke Vaith (Hofstra) tech fall Tyson Dippery (Rutgers) 15-0
Mike Nevinger (Cornell) dec Tyler Rauenzahn (Army) 8-1

149 lbs.
Christopher Villalonga (Cornell) maj dec Noel Blanco (Drexel) 9-0
Ken Theobold (Rutgers) fall Richard Krop (Princeton) 1:42
Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) fall Victor Lopez (Bucknell) 1:44
Mitch Minotti (Lehigh) dec Alex Johnson (Navy) 6-1

157 lbs.
Nestor Taffur (Boston) dec Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers) 9-5
Austin Sommer (Drexel) dec Paul Hancock (Army) 8-7
Joey Napoli (Lehigh) maj dec Kevin Moylan (Princeton) 10-2
Markus Scheidel (Columbia) dec Brian Realbuto (Cornell)

165 lbs.
Dylan Palacio (Cornell) dec Mitchell Wightman (Boston) 7-6
Josh Houldsworth (Columbia) maj dec Vincent Grella (Binghamton) 13-1
Casey Kent (Penn) dec Chandler Smith (Army) 5-3
Joseph Booth (Hofstra) dec Devon Gobbo (Harvard) 9-5

174 lbs.
Bradley Wukie (Penn) dec Andrew Maksimovic (Boston) 5-2
Brian Harvey (Army) dec George Pickett (Cornell) 3-0 SV1
Mathew Miller (Navy) fall Phillip Bakuckas (Rutgers) 4:16
Shane Hughes (Columbia) dec Richard McDonald (Brown) 4-2

184 lbs.
Gabriel Dean (Cornell) tech fall Caleb Wallace (Binghamton) 17-2
Cameron Croy (Harvard) dec Brett Harner (Princeton) 5-1 SV1
Ophir Bernstein (Brown) dec Zach Hernandez (Columbia) 6-0
Lawrence Thomas (Penn) dec Jason Grimes (American) 7-2

197 lbs.
Bryce Barnes (Army) dec Brandon Palik (Drexel) 8-6
Cody Reed (Binghamton) fall James Fox (Harvard) 7:45 SV1
Abram Ayala (Princeton) dec Dan Mitchell (American) 4-3
Jace Bennett (Cornell) dec Francis Mattiace (Penn) 6-3

285 lbs.
William Smith (Rutgers) maj dec Steven Graziano (Penn) 10-2
Blake Herrin (American) dec Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) 8-5
Max Wessell (Lehigh) maj dec Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) 14-5
Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) fall Raymond O’Donnell (Princeton) 3:20