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

David Taylor Will Miss Final X: Rutgers And The 2019 World Championships

David Taylor will not be wrestling at Final X: Rutgers or the 2019 world championships.

Arkansas Little Rock Will Become The Pac-12's Sixth Team

Big news today out of Arkansas today as Little Rock announced they will be a member of the Pac-12 this fall. The full release from the UALR athletic department.

Sassari Freestyle Preview

Frank Chamizo often travels around the world for competition. This time, he didn't have to travel far.

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Sassari Greco-Roman Recap: Hancock Scores A Silver

Tim Hands of 5 Point Move recaps all the Greco-Roman action from the Sassari City Ranking Series Event.

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Match Order Released For Final X: Rutgers And Final X: Lincoln

The field for Final X in 2019 has been finalized, based upon the results of the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., May 16-19.

How Sassari Could Affect The UWW World Rankings

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As the name implies, the Sassari City Rankings Series Event is an opportunity for competitors to improve their position in the UWW World Rankings. Below, we will take a look at how the entrants in Italy might upgrade their official standings and potentially secure a top four seed at the World Championships. 

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FRL 379: What Inspired Lizak Against Piccininni + Final X Confidence Picks

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FRL 379: What Inspired Ethan Lizak's Comeback Against Nick Piccininni, Plus Final X Confidence Picks

Sassari Women's Preview

I thought the Greco field was solid. But the ladies are in Sassari at full force. With 34 of the 100 ranked women in the World here, Sassari is full of can't-miss matches that will impact seeding at Worlds. 

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Here Comes Hancock: Sassari Greco Preview

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Tim Hands of 5 Point Move previews the next Greco-Roman rankings series event, the Sassari City Open.

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Lock Haven University To Add Women's Wrestling In 2019-20

Exciting news out of Pennsylvania today as the first school with a Division 1 wrestling program has announced their intentions to add a women's wrestling program.