The EIWA's 4 Most Dominant Wrestlers This Season

Certainly, everyone has their eyes on the EIWA's lone returning NCAA champion, Darian Cruz, heading into this weekend's conference tournament. But this year the EIWA has been dominated by a trio of freshmen and a super-sized heavyweight.

EIWA Championships

Date: March 3-4 | Time: 10 AM CT | Where: Hempstead, NY
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Mike Hughes, Hofstra

Let’s start with the big guy. Mike Hughes has proved to be a terror. He finished fifth at the Southern Scuffle to start out 2018 and will now look to be a beam of light for Hofstra at EIWAs after the Pride were unable to record a win in the first round of last year’s tournament. 

By The Numbers

Pins: 17

Techs: 2

Majors: 2

Record: 30-2

Watch Hughes dominate in the first round at the Southern Scuffle:

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Ben Darmstadt, Cornell

Ben Darmstadt, aka the 197-pound pinning machine, has climbed his way to the top of the weight class and avenged his only loss of the year by completely flipping the result. That loss came in November. Since then he has been perfect.

By The Numbers

Pins: 16

Techs: 3

Majors: 5

Record: 27-1


Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell

Let’s move to another part of the Big Red's lineup, specifically where true freshman Yianni Diakomihalis resides in the 141-pound spot. Yianni D came in with high expectations and has lived up to the hype. He’s already taken out an NCAA finalist in Bryce Meredith en route to his Cliff Keen Las Vegas title. 

By The Numbers

Pins: 8

Techs: 7

Majors: 6

Record: 28-1

Watch Yianni and Meredith in a wild match:

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Austin Desanto, Drexel

Lastly is the man with one of the highest paces we have ever seen. Austin DeSanto has really turned heads this year with his breakneck pace. As the true freshman approaches his first EIWA championship tournament, he is the projected top seed at 133 with his eyes on the top of the podium.

Also, check out "Austin Desanto’s Vision Quest" to get a peek behind the curtain of the rising star.

By The Numbers

Pins: 2

Techs: 10 (6 in the first period, 4 in under 2 minutes, 1 in 58 seconds)

Majors: 3

Record: 23-4

FRL 362: The Pre-NCAA Tournament Mega Show!

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FRL 362 - The Pre-NCAA Tournament Mega Show!

Kyle Conel Seeking Medical Redshirt & Transfer

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Kyle Conel was one of, if not, the biggest story of the 2018 NCAA tournament. 

NCAA Tournament Team Scoring Based On Seeds

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How would the NCAA Tournament team race go if every match went according to seed? That's a good question, and luckily for us, we can answer it, as the NCAA seeding committee has, for the first time in tournament history, seeded all 33 entries per weight class. 

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2019 NCAA Tournament Preview + Predictions: 184 Pounds

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The 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships are nearly here! But you already knew that, didn't you? This is our eighth preview article, there's no way you're just now hearing about the NCAAs. 

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Betting Odds For The NCAA Wrestling Tournament Are Here

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You've spent five months watching the greatest season in the sport. You know the results. You know the brackets. Now it's time to make some picks.

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2019 NCAA Tournament Preview + Predictions: 174 Pounds

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We're just days away from the start of the 2019 NCAA tournament, and the previews are still flying in. The 330 best college wrestlers in the nation will all soon converge on Pittsburgh for three of the most grueling days of their lives.

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2019 NCAA Tournament Preview + Predictions: 165 Pounds

The NCAA Championship is coming to Pittsburgh, bringing 330 of the raddest and baddest dudes on the planet to Steel City. To prepare for the most fantastic three days on the calendar, we've written these previews for you, the savviest and most intelligent sports fans on Planet Earth.

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2019 NCAA Tournament Preview + Predictions: 157 Pounds

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We've come to the halfway point of the 100-mile ultra marathon that is previewing the NCAA tournament. But as wrestlers, we all love the grueling pain of agonizing over every bracket, poring through results, and making a pick for all 640 matches.

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2019 NCAA Tournament Preview + Predictions: 149 Pounds

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As the great Canadian poet Shania Twain once said, "Looks like we made it. Look how far we've come." And folks, we are here to tell you that we have indeed made it to the 2019 NCAA Championships. The regular season and conference weekend are over. Time to have some fun.

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Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Breakdown

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Some of the most talented high school wrestlers in the country are set to battle. Before we see the best in the country claim NCAA titles, we will get a glimpse of some future stars as Team PA takes on Team USA.

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