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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Cornell claimed its 11th-straight EIWA Championship and 21 Ivies are heading to the NCAA Wrestling Championships after two days of competition at Bucknell’s Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa.
The 21 automatic qualifiers going to NCAAs is the most for the Ivy League since 2013.
Cornell garnered 163 points and was followed in the standings by Princeton (third, 113), Harvard (10th, 63.5), Penn (11th, 61), Columbia (12th, 50) and Brown (13th, 31.5). Big Red head coach Rob Koll and Tigers head coach Chris Ayres shared EIWA Coach of the Year honors.
The title is the 25th overall for the Big Red, who led the League with four individual EIWA champions in sophomore Brandon Womack (165) and seniors Dylan Palacio (157), Brian Realbuto (174) and Gabe Dean (184). Senior Mark Grey (133) and sophomore Ben Honis (197) will join them in St. Louis at the 2017 Championships.
Princeton matched the Big Red with six qualifiers for NCAAs, led by a pair of champions in Matthew Kolodzik (141) and Jordan Laster (149). Pat D'Arcy (fourth, 133), Mike D'Angelo (third, 157), Jonathan Schleifer (fifth, 174)) and Ray O'Donnell (fourth, heavyweight) also clinched automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.
Four Quakers will be making the trip to St. Louis, led by Frank Mattiace, who won the title at 197-pounds. He’ll be joined there by Brooks Martino (second, 165), Casey Kent (third, 174) and Joe Heyob (seventh, 184).
Harvard will send three to NCAAs. Freshman Hunter Ladnier and senior Jeffrey Ott placed second at 149 and 133, respectively, while junior Josef Johnson finished sixth at 174. Ladnier is the first Crimson freshman to earn a berth to NCAAs since JP O’Connor in 2007.
Columbia junior Garrett Ryan won the heavyweight title to become the first Lion to take an EIWA crown since Steve Santos at 149 in 2013. He’ll be joined at NCAAs by teammate and fellow classmate Tyrel White, who placed fourth at 165.
At-Large bids will be announced on Tuesday, with full brackets coming out on Wednesday. The 2017 NCAA Championships will take place in St. Louis, March 16-18.