The Dragons travel for a unique match with American

Drexel (2-6, 1-2 EIWA) vs. Bucknell (1-8, 0-2 EIWA)
When: Sunday, Jan. 30 – 1 p.m.
Or: Bender Arena – Washington, D.C.
Look: ESPN+
Follow on Twitter: @DrexelWrestling
US Spectator Policy: aueagles.com

MATCHUP HISTORY

The Dragons and Eagles have faced each other 30 times in the history of their rivalry, which dates back to February 16, 1972. The last clash was in January 2020 when the Americans took a 27-14 victory. Drexel currently holds the advantage in all-time records, with an overall record of 21-9.

DREXEL CATEGORY LEADERS
Wins: Barczak (15)
Double victory: Barczak (7)
EIWA double wins: O’Malley (2)
Pins: O’Malley (8)
Technical falls: Tied two (2) – O’Malley, Stillings
Major decisions: Barczak (4)

• The Dragons are currently 2-6 (1-2 EIWA) after losing 23-13 to Bucknell on January 23.
• O’Malley (16th at 174) and Evan Barczak (28th at 165) was in this week’s Intermat rankings.
• Three wrestlers currently host a winning record with 12 or more wins.
• Four Dragons have received first-round nominations from the NCAA Coaches Panel, including Luke Nichter (#32), Parker Kropman (#32), Evan Barczak (#30) and Mickey O’Malley (#13).
• O’Malley is close to joining the Drexel record books for most falls in a single season. He currently has 8 and needs 10 to make the roster.
• At the 2021 EIWA Championships, Drexel placed fifth with 89.5 points. Six Dragons have qualified for the NCAA championships, with Parker Kropman (157) and Michael O’Malley (174) qualify for their second day of competition.
• All but one of the 2021 NCAA qualifiers returned for the 2021-22 season. In addition to Kropman and O’Malley, the returning Dragons from NCAA qualifying include Luke Nichter, Evan Barczak and Bryan McLaughlin.



BUCKNELL SCOUTING
Wins: Patrick Ryan (15)
Double win: Jack Maida (5)
EIWA double wins: Max Leete (2)
Bowling: Three tied (4) – Leete, Righter, Zimmerman
Technical falls: tied five (1)
Major Decisions: Five tied (2)

• The Eagles are currently 1-8 overall and 0-2 in EIWA competition after tough defeats to Sacred Heart and Hofstra.
• The American returns two of his three 2021 EIWA winners. Tim Patrick was third at 174lbs and Patrick Ryan was eighth at 141lbs.
• Ryan (15) and Max Leete (14) are currently American overall and are two of six wrestlers with more than 10 head-to-head wins this year.
• Gage Curry and Tim Fitzpatrick were two American representatives at the NCAA tournament.


DREXEL PROBABLES


125 | Antonio Minino Where Kyle Waterman

133 | nice deon

141 | Jared Donahue

149 | Luke Nichter Where Tyler Williams

157 | Parker Kropman

165 | Evan Barczak Where Riley Onorato

174 | Mickey O’Malley

184 | Bryan McLaughlin Where Josh Stilling

197 | Santino Morina

285 | Eli Anthony Where Liam Dietrich



LIKELY AMERICANS

125 | Maximilian Leete

133 | Jack Maida or Andy Fallon

141 | Ethan Szerencsits

149 | patrick ryan

157 | Antonio Segura

165 | Breon Phifer

174 | Tim Fitzpatrick

184 | Colin Shannon

197 | Carsten Rawls or Connor Bourne

285 | isaac righter
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DRAGONS ON FLOWRESTLING/NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA
Drexel Wrestling and FloSports have renewed their agreement to provide live and on-demand coverage of all home games for the 2021-22 season on FloWrestling. Additionally, two of the Dragons matchups will receive regional coverage on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The following Drexel home matches will appear on FloWrestling:
January 23 // Bucknell
February 5 // Hofstra & LIU
February 6 // Cornell

The following Drexel home games will appear on NBC Sports Philadelphia:
January 9 // Oregon State
February 18 // Rider

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
The Dragons conference slate will include seven of EIWA’s 17 member schools.
January 14 // at Brown
January 15 // in Binghamton
January 23 // vs. Bucknell
January 30 // at American
February 5 // vs. Hofstra & LIU
February 6 // vs. Cornell
February 13 // at Penn

THE FINAL
118and The EIWA tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Cornell University on Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 in the Newmann Arena at Bartels Hall. The EIWA Championships serve as automatic qualification for the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships and is recognized as one of the most competitive conference tournaments in the nation. It’s also the largest, with 17 schools competing for the prestigious EIWA tag team title and plenty of automatic NCAA championship berths.
The NCAA Tournament will take place March 17-19 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

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