March 8, 2009
WASHINGTON - Junior Mike Cannon scored a takedown with four seconds remaining in sudden-victory overtime to claim the 174 lbs. EIWA Championship, 3-1, Sunday at the Palestra. Cannon swept through the field with a 4-0 record on the weekend to remain undefeated on the year at 30-0 and qualify for the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Classmate Kyle Borshoff placed third at 149 lbs. to also qualify for NCAA's. The Eagles placed sixth overall at the 105th EIWA Championships, matching their best-ever finish at the conference tournament.
`Winning the EIWA Championship is an important step for me on my way to hopefully winning an NCAA Championship,' Cannon commented. `I am very excited about what I have accomplished to this point in the season but know that I still have one more important goal to reach.'
Cannon, the top seed at 174 lbs., defeated Cornell's Steve Anceravage, the second seed, in the championship bout 3-1 in sudden victory overtime. Anceravage was the aggressor early in the match and shot in twice on Cannon in the first period. Cannon, however, was able to defend against Anceravage's advances and the two went scoreless into the second. Cannon chose to begin the second period down and escaped after only 35 seconds to take a 1-0 lead. In the third period it was Anceravage who began down and quickly escaped to even the score at one. Neither wrestler was able to score a takedown late in the period, sending the match into overtime.
Anceravage was again the aggressor in the overtime period but could not get through Cannon's defense to score. As time wound down in the extra session the two were locked in a scramble when suddenly Cannon gained a dominant position and was awarded the takedown for the 3-1 victory with just 0:04 remaining.
Cannon's EIWA Championship is the first of his career and the sixth for American since joining the conference. Cannon will now take his perfect 30-0 record into the NCAA Championships where he earned All-America honors last season by placing sixth at 165 lbs.
Cannon advanced to the championship bout with a 4-3 victory over Navy's Luke Rebertus in the semifinals Sunday morning. On Saturday, Cannon earned two major decisions, 14-4 over Princeton's Travis Erdman and 17-7 over Rutgers's Michael Whalen.
K. Borshoff also qualified for the NCAA Championships by way of his third-place finish at 149 lbs. The junior defeated Lehigh's Trevor Chinn, 3-2, in the third-place match after defeating Kevin LeValley from Bucknell in his first wrestleback match, 3-1, in sudden victory. K. Borshoff began the day in the semifinals but was beaten by top-seeded Matt Kyler from Army, 3-2, in tiebreakers. K. Borshoff went ahead 2-1 with an escape in the first tiebreak but was reversed by Kyler in the second set to give the Black Knight the victory.
K. Borshoff pinned Brown's Dave Foxen at 3:46 in his first match of the weekend on Saturday and then topped Penn's Cesar Grajales in his second match, 2-1, in tiebreakers.
American placed four others on the EIWA podium as the team finished in sixth-place overall with 68 points. The Eagles placewinners include Jasen Borshoff (6th, 133 lbs.), Matt Mariacher (6th, 141 lbs.), Christopher Stout (6th, 165 lbs.) and Andrew Silber (5th, 197 lbs.). AU's sixth-place finish matches the team's best-ever finish at the tournament. The six placewinners also matches the team's highest total.
Cannon and K. Borshoff will now prepare themselves for the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament will begin Thursday, March 19 and will conclude Saturday, March 21.