Wrestling Wins Fifth Straight, Tops Bucknell, 24-11

Ryan Tompkins

Ryan Tompkins

Feb. 9, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team collected its fifth win a row after bettering Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rival Bucknell, 24-11, on Sunday's Senior Day at Gillis Field House. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 8-3 overall and 7-3 in the EIWA, while the Bison slip to 7-10 and 3-3.

Seniors Tyler Rauenzahn (141 pounds) and Ryan Tompkins (184) and sophomore Brian Harvey (174) all posted major decisions in their respective matches, while senior Paul Hancock (157), junior Chandler Smith (165), sophomore Bryce Barnes (197) and freshman Logan Everett (133) also grabbed victories.

Bucknell got out to a 4-0 advantage after Paul Petrov registered an 11-3 major decision over senior Nathan Santhanam in the 125 pound bout. Everett picked up a 2-0 win at 133 before Rauenzahn collected a 15-6 major decision over Connor Lapresi at 141 pounds to put the Black Knights in front, 7-4.

In the 149 pound match, Victor Lopez triumphed for a 3-0 win over freshman Mark Marchetti to bring the Bison back to a 7-7 tie. The hosts responded by taking each of the next five matches to move ahead, 24-7. Hancock made the score 10-7 after notching a 10-7 win over Bucknell's Ray Schlitt in the 157 pound weight class, while Smith managed an 8-6 decision at 165. Harvey and Tompkins secured back-to-back major decisions for the Black Knights at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively before Barnes outlasted Tyler Lyster for a 3-1 sudden-victory at 197 pounds.

No. 20 Joe Stolfi tallied the second major decision of the afternoon for the Bison in the 285 pound bout, but Army had already done the necessary damage and came away with the 24-11 win.

Hancock, Rauenzahn, Santhanam, Tompkins, John Belanger (149), Ryan Bilyeu (149) and Alex Dahl (165) were honored during a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.

Army is idle until Friday, Feb. 21, when the Black Knights hit the road for their season finale against Navy. The "Star" Match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army improves to 11-2 all-time versus Bucknell ... Chandler Smith increases his team-leading win total to 30 (30-10) ... Tyler Rauenzahn moved into a tie for second on the team with his fourth major decision of the season.

Army 24, Bucknell 11
125: Paul Petrov (B) maj. dec. Nathan Santhanam, 11-3
133: Logan Everett (A) dec. Grim Gonzalez, 2-0
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) maj. dec. Connor Lapresi, 15-6
149: Victor Lopez (B) dec. Mark Marchetti, 3-0
157: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Ray Schlitt, 10-7
165: Chandler Smith (A) dec. Rustin Barrick, 8-6
174: Brian Harvey (A) maj. dec. Vincent Favia, 12-2
184: Ryan Tompkins (A) maj. dec. Rory Bonner, 13-3
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Tyler Lyster, 3-1 (sv)
285: #20 Joe Stolfi (B) maj. dec. Trevor Smith, 17-4

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