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Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

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The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) is an NCAA Division I collegiate wrestling conference. It held its first championship tournament in 1905, making it the oldest wrestling conference in the NCAA; the charter members were Columbia, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. Thirty-two different schools have been members of the EIWA during its history, all schools from the Eastern United States. Its current members are schools in the Northeast whose main conferences do not sponsor wrestling, including the Patriot League, America East Conference, Northeast Conference, and Colonial Athletic Association, as well as all of the Ivy League schools that sponsor wrestling. Franklin & Marshall is the only Division III school that competes in Division I wrestling.


Current members

The EIWA currently has 16 members:

Recent success and developments

At the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championship, three EIWA teams placed in the top 10, two in the top 5, and one in the top 3. Cornell placed 2nd, American University was 5th, and Lehigh finished 8th. In 2012, Cornell finished 4th and Lehigh 8th; Cornell was also 5th in 2013 and 7th in 2014.

In the same period, the EIWA had forty-four All-Americans; also, Kyle Dake of Cornell was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy as national wrestler of the year and was named most outstanding wrestler of the NCAA tournament after becoming the first NCAA wrestler ever to win four national championships in four different weight classes in consecutive years.

In 2013, the EIWA absorbed Boston University, Hofstra, Drexel, and Binghamton after the Colonial Athletic Association ceased sponsorship of wrestling, making an 18-team conference for the 2013-14 season. The EIWA was reduced to 16 in 2014-15 with the departure of Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference and discontinuation of the BU program.

Former EIWA schools

  • Penn State University - Moved to the Eastern Wrestling League then to the Big Ten Conference
  • Temple University*
  • Syracuse University*
  • Yale University*
  • University of Pittsburgh - Moved to the Eastern Wrestling League and later the Atlantic Coast Conference
  • College of William & Mary*
  • Dartmouth College*
  • Wilkes University - Moved to Division III
  • United States Coast Guard Academy - Moved to Division III
  • University of Virginia - Moved to the ACC
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy - Moved to Division III
  • East Stroudsburg University - Moved to Division II
  • Boston University*
  • Rutgers University - Moved to the Big Ten Conference
  • " * " = School dropped the program

    League champions

    * Tie for team title


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