Army Cruises Past Brown, 29-9

Jordan Thome

Jordan Thome

Jan. 27, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Jordan Thome pinned his opponent at 133 pounds and seven other Black Knights won bouts to lead the Army wrestling team past Brown, 29-9, in an EIWA dual match Sunday afternoon at Gillis Field House.

Juniors John Belanger (149 pounds) and Paul Hancock (165) added major decisions to help Army (5-5, 2-1 EIWA) to the victory. Billy Watterson recorded a pin at 125 pounds to lead Brown (6-5, 1-3 EIWA).

The match began at 125 pounds, and Brown opened up a quick 6-0 advantage as Watterson pinned Army sophomore Hunter Wood in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. The Black Knights responded by winning the next six bouts to establish a comfortable 23-6 edge en route to the victory.

Thome began Army's string of consecutive victories by pinning Beau Martino in the 133-pound matchup. Thome took Martino to the mat early in the first period and was able to score the fall in 1:29.

Army took its first lead (9-6) of the contest following the 141-pound bout as junior Tyler Rauenzahn took a 5-2 decision from Cortlandt Choate. The match was tied early in the third period, but Rauenzahn registered a pair of takedowns in the final stanza to secure the win.

The Black Knights extended their lead to 13-6 thanks to Belanger's 14-6 major decision opposite Grant Overcashier at 149 pounds. Belanger totaled three takedowns in the third period to pull away from Overcashier and pick up the bonus-point victory.

Army made it 16-6 as freshman Brian Harvey downed Phil Marano, 5-3, in overtime at 157 pounds. Harvey rallied to tie the bout in the third period and scored a takedown late in the first sudden-victory stanza to collect the win.

Hancock continued Army's dominance by posting a 16-7 major decision versus Austin Rugraff at 165 pounds. Hancock accumulated six takedowns and racked up more than two minutes of riding time en route to the decisive victory, which increased the Black Knights' advantage to 20-6.

Army sophomore Cole Gracey followed with a 9-7 win against Ricky McDonald at 174 pounds. Gracey trailed 7-2 late in the second period before rallying for the victory, which ran the Black Knights' margin to 23-6.

Brown halted Army's string of victories in the 184-pound matchup as Ophir Bernstein defeated Black Knight junior Ryan Tompkins, 10-7. Army freshman Bryce Barnes helped Army restore its 17-point edge in the following bout as the first-year standout came from behind to post a 13-7 decision opposite Sterling Hecox at 197 pounds.

Army junior Curtis Garner capped the match by registering a 6-4 decision against DJ Ingham in the heavyweight bout. The match was knotted up at 4-all after regulation time, but Garner took Ingham to the mat early in the first sudden-victory period to earn the victory.

Army returns to action later today (Jan. 27) when the Black Knights host EIWA rival Harvard at Gillis Field House beginning at 3 p.m.

Match Notes: Army improves to 18-5-2 all-time versus Brown ... Jordan Thome leads Army with six pins this season ... Thome is now tied for sixth place on Army's all-time pins list with 34 career falls ... Paul Hancock leads Army with 22 victories this season (22-8) ... he also leads the Black Knights with nine dual wins (9-1) ... Hancock moved into a tie for the team lead with his sixth major decisions of the season ... Bryce Barnes ranks second on the team with 18 wins (18-13).

Army 29, Brown 9
125: Billy Watterson (B) pinned Hunter Wood, 3:59
133: Jordan Thome (A) pinned Beau Martino, 1:29
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) dec. Cortlandt Choate, 5-2
149: John Belanger (A) maj. dec. Grant Overcashier, 14-6
157: Brian Harvey (A) dec. Phil Marano, 5-3 (sv1)
165: Paul Hancock (A) maj. dec. Austin Rugraff, 16-7
174: Cole Gracey (A) dec. Ricky McDonald, 9-7
184: Ophir Bernstein (B) dec. Ryan Tompkins, 10-7
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Sterling Hecox, 13-7
285: Curtis Garner (A) dec. DJ Ingham, 6-4 (sv1)
Referee: Mike Letcher

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