Junior #2 Steve Fittery placed third and freshman #5 Daniel Mitchell placed fourth at the 106th EIWA Championships, earning themselves an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. Fittery and Mitchell will join EIWA finalists #1 Mike Cannon and #7 Jordan Lipp at Nationals.
American will boast a team record seven placewinners at tournament's end, highlighted by Cannon and Lipp who will be competing in this afternoon's finals. Cannon, a four-time EIWA placewinner, will be vying for his second consecutive title at 184 lbs. while Lipp is a first-time placewinner. Other placewinners include Fittery, Mitchell, #2 Kyle Borshoff (5th), #3 Jasen Borshoff (6th) and #7 Thomas Williams (7th). American's previous record for placewinners at the EIWA's was six which the team acheived last year.
With Cannon, Fittery, Lipp and Mitchell all automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships, the Eagles have matched their program record for NCAA qualifiers in a single-season. American sent Josh Glenn, '08, Christopher Stout, '09, Cannon and J. Borshoff to the 2008 NCAA Championships where Glenn and Cannon each earned All-America honors. K. Borshoff and J. Borshoff can still qualify for Nationals by receiving an at-large bid. The NCAA has reserved 46 spaces for at-large qualifiers to this year's championship and will announce the recipients of those bids on Wednesday, March 10.
American is currently in fifth place of the team standings with 92.5 points. The Eagles' previous best finish at the tournament is sixth place which they have acheived each of the last three years.
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125 lbs. - #3 Jasen Borshoff
Borshoff fell behind Harvard's Steven Keith midway through the first period of the consolation semifinals and was unable to mount a comeback. Keith controlled the tempo throughout the match en route to a 9-3 victory. In the fifth-place match, Borshoff was again unnable to get on his offense and dropped a 6-4 decision to fourth-seeded Aaron Kalil from Navy to place sixth.
133 lbs. - #7 Thomas Williams
Williams squared off with Army's Travis Coffey, seeded sixth, in the seventh place match where he was forced to fight back from a 2-1 third-period deficit with Coffey also holding riding time advantage. With less than a minute remaining, Williams reversed Coffey and caught the Black Knight on his back for the pin to place seventh.
149 lbs. - #2 Kyle Borshoff
Borshoff took a 2-0 lead over Navy's Glenn Shober, seeded fourth, after scoring the first takedown of the match but could not hold on to his lead as the Midshipmen took a 4-3 advantage into the third period. Borshoff chose to begin down but was unable to escape from Shober who rode out the period for the win. The 2009 All-American returned in the fifth-place match where he caught Columbia's Steve Santos with a takedown and two sets of back points in the first period for a 6-0 lead. He would tack on an escape point in the second period and another takedown in the third. With riding time advantage, Borshoff earned the 9-1 victory for a fifth-place finish.
157 lbs. - #2 Steve Fittery
Fittery scored his first fall of the tournament with a second round pin of fifth-seeded Matt Dragon from Penn. The junior scored the match's first takedown and later used a reversal and three back points to build a 7-2 advantage. He added another set of back points in the second period before pinning Dragon's shoulders to the mat for the victory. In the consolation finals, Fittery picked up an escape point in the second period and rode out Rutgers' Daryl Cocozzo, seeded fourth, in the third period for a 2-1 victory and third place.
184 lbs. - #5 Daniel Mitchell
Mitchell earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships with a dramatic victory over seventh seeded Lamar Brown of Rutgers. Mitchell trailed early but worked his way to a one-point lead with an escape and takedown in the third period. A Brown escape tied the score before Mitchell was able to counter a shot and put Brown on his back for the fall.