Army Storms Past The Citadel, 27-19

Jordan Thome

Jordan Thome

Jan. 11, 2013

HAMPTON, Va. - Four Army wrestlers recorded pins to help the Black Knights overcome an early deficit and defeat The Citadel, 27-19, to reach the consolation quarterfinals at the 33rd annual Virginia Duals on Friday afternoon at Hampton Coliseum.

Senior Jordan Thome (133 pounds), sophomore Cole Gracey (174) and freshmen Travis Mallo (184) and Bryce Barnes (197) all registered wins by fall to lift Army (3-3) into a consolation quarterfinal date with fifth-seeded Boise State tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Army and The Citadel (1-3) split the 10 bouts, but Army's four pins proved to be the difference. The Bulldogs led by nine points following the first five matchups, but the Black Knights rallied to earn the victory.

The Citadel opened a 3-0 lead after winning the 125-pound bout, but Thome pinned Aaron Hansen in 1 minute, 52 seconds to give Army a 6-3 edge. The Citadel won the next three bouts to assume a 15-6 cushion, but the Black Knights stormed back by winning four straight matches (including three pins) to clinch the match.

Junior Paul Hancock began Army's comeback by posting a 10-3 decision versus Nathaniel Harper in the 165-pound bout. Gracey then pulled the Black Knights even (15-15) after taking John Duane to the mat in 4:42.

Mallo needed just 1:52 to collect his first collegiate pin in the next bout, and Barnes completed Army's comeback and clinched the match for the Black Knights when he pinned Marshall Haas in 0:56. Barnes' victory gave Army an insurmountable 27-15 lead.

The Citadel ended the match by posting a major decision verdict in the heavyweight bout to account for the final margin.

Match Notes: Army improves to 2-0 all-time versus The Citadel ... Jordan Thome moves into a tie for seventh place on Army's all-time pins list (33) ... Paul Hancock improves to 6-0 in dual matches this season ... Hancock boasts a team-best 19 wins this year (19-7).

Army 27, The Citadel 19
125: Joaquin Marquez (C) dec. Nathan Santhanam, 8-3
133: Jordan Thome (A) pinned Aaron Hansen, 1:52
141: #8 Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (C) dec. Connor Hanafee, 5-4
149: Jordan Dix (C) pinned Tyler Rauenzahn, 2:42
157: Matthew Frisch (C) dec. Chandler Smith, 4-3
165: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Nathaniel Harper, 10-3
174: Cole Gracey (A) pinned John Duane, 4:42
184: Travis Mallo (A) pinned Josh Tuck, 1:52
197: Bryce Barnes (A) pinned Marshall Haas, 0:56
285: #14 Odie Delaney (C) maj. dec. Stephen Snyder, 20-6

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