EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Junior Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) will continue his pursuit towards a berth in the NCAA Championships at 174 pounds at the 2007 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships on Saturday, March 3. Whalen is the lone Scarlet Knight still alive in the tournament, as Rutgers sits 11th in the team standings with 19.5 points, with Columbia leading all squads with 112.5 points.
With a win in the consolation semifinals, Whalen would post a third-place finish, earning a bid to the national tournament. Following a first-round loss, Whalen rattled off three-straight decision wins to land in the consolation semifinals. He first won an 8-3 decision over John Clore, before a 4-2 win over Lehigh's Dave Helfrich. In the consolation quarterfinals, he won a tight 3-2 match over Army's Brent Smith, an opponent he fell to earlier in the year.
Following a first-round loss, senior Dan Hilt (Manalapan, N.J.) won his first consolation match in a 3-1 overtime victory over Franklin & Marshall's Austin Reed at 133 pounds. In his second wrestle back match, Hilt was eliminated after an 11-3 loss to Navy's Joseph Baker.
In the 141-pound bracket, Kyle Milanese (Delran, N.J.) won two consolation matches, including a 2-0 win over Princeton's Danny Scotton. In the consolation semifinals, Milanese fell to American's Kyle Borshoff in a technical fall.
Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) went 2-2 in the tournament. The No. 7 seed won his first match, 9-8, over Lehigh's Kevin Vinh before dropping a 9-0 major decision to Harvard's JP O'Connor. In the consolation round, he defeated Army's Austin Milster, 8-5, before being eliminated by American's Damian Swietlk in a tight 10-9 decision.
Freshman Chris Norrell (Phillipsburg, N.J.) fell to first-seeded Matt Dragon of Pennsylvania before winning two consolation matches. In his first win, he pinned ESU's Ben Bishop at the 3:38 mark, followed by another pin, this time against Brown's Tom Fazio, at the 1:01 mark. Norrell dropped his final match, an 8-4 decision to Columbia's Devin Mesanko. With the two pins at the event, Norrell finished the year with team-best 10 victories by fall.
At184 pounds, freshman Keith Dobish (Lodi, N.J.) kept it close with the No. 1-seeded David Craig of Lehigh, dropping a 2-0 decision in the opening match. In the consolation bracket, he pinned ESU's Dave Williams at the 6:57 mark, before winning a 5-4 decision over Army's Scott Ferguson. In the quarterfinals of the wrestle backs, he was eliminated on a 6-4 decision loss to Columbia's Justin Barent.
At 197 pounds Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, posting a 7-4 win over Princeton's Zackary Morse. Brown lost by fall in his next match, missing the consolation semifinal round.
Heavyweight Mike D'Amico (Kenilworth, N.J.) went 1-2 on the day, posting an 11-4 decision win in the consolation bracket over American's Evan Murtaugh, before falling to Columbia's Kevin Lester, 10-8.