Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Association was established in 1951 with the purpose of supplying collegiate wrestling referees to the schools of the EIWA conference. The four founding fathers of the EIWOA are Richard DiBatista of Penn, John Engel of Lehigh, Carl Frankett of Moravian and Muhlenberg Colleges and Art Weiss, legendary Clearfield PA High School coach.
In 1951, the EIWA consisted of Army, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, F&M, Harvard, Lehigh, Navy, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and Yale. Pitt joined a few years later. Boston University, Colgate, Dartmouth, East Stroudsburg University, US Coast Guard Academy, Wilkes, and William & Mary have also been members of the EIWA. Pascal Perri, EIWA and EIWOA Hall of Fame member, served as EIWOA Assignor/ Coordinator of Officials from the later 1950’s through 2013, well over a half century of service to the organization.
EIWOA Hall of Fame Members:
Joe Alissi, Robert Bach, Fred Brown, Dave Camaione, Tom Corey, Bill Cramp, Richard DiBatista, Jan Dutt, John Engel, Carl Frankett, Joe Geesey, John Hosage, Solomon “Spike” Israel, Reggie Jones, Alan Katz, Carl Koenig, Charles Kunes, Ed Lanahan, Jake Llewellyn, Pat McCormick, Leland Merrill, Jr., Francis “Yogi” Michael, Pascal Perri, Mark Piven, Fred Richardson, Richard Santoro, Marshall Schlosberg, Joe Solomon, Marty Strayer, John “Moose” Tettis, Art Weiss, Clyde “Red” Witman and Vince Zuaro.

The EIWOA also provides referees for other Division 1, 2 and 3 schools in the Northeast.  Currently, the EIWOA has over 75 members.

           2009 EIWA at U Penn

           2010 EIWA at Lehigh


          2011 EIWA at Bucknell

         2012 EIWA at Princeton

          2013 EIWA at Rutgers

          2014 EIWA at U Penn








2016 EIWA at Princeton

2017 EIWA at Bucknell

2018 at Hofstra

2019 at Binghamton



EIWOA Officials that have worked the Division 1 NCAA Championship Tournament:

Joe Alissi

Joe Bartell

Dave Camaione

Nathan Chatman

George Chilmonik

Rick Cole

Jeff Cook

Tom Corey

Bill Cramp

Ken Daws

Richard DiBatista

Bill Doran

Jan Dutt

John Engel

Carl Frankett

Randy Gehris

Lenny Gino

Brian Green

Nick Grosso

Ryan Hagan

John Hnath

John Hosage

Spike Israel

JR Johnson

John Johnston

Gary Kessel

Henry Kittle

Jake Llewellyn

Brian Manzi

Pat McCormick

Lee Merrill

Francis "Yogi" Michael

John Mulligan

Brian Murphy

Kevin Neville

Pascal Perri

Mark Piven

George Popella

Fred Richardson

Jim Rivello

Angel Rivera

Rey Santiago

Dick Santoro

Marshall Schlosberg

Joe Solomon

Matt Sorochinsky

Ray Sparks

Bill Stecklein

Marty Strayer

Murl Thrush

Clyde Witman

Vince Zuaro