Army Rallies Past Boston University, 22-18

Bryce Barnes

Bryce Barnes

Feb. 10, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Freshman Bryce Barnes pinned his opponent at 197 pounds, and junior Ryan Tompkins recorded a major decision at 184 pounds as the Army wrestling team rallied for a 22-18 victory against Boston University in a non-conference dual match Sunday evening at Gillis Field House.

Army (7-6) trailed 12-0 after two bouts before charging back for its second win of the night. Tompkins' major decision gave the Black Knights their first lead of the match (16-15) with two bouts remaining, while Barnes' pin sealed the deal.

Boston University (7-7) took an early 6-0 lead when Army sophomore Hunter Wood was forced to take an injury default at 125 pounds. The Terriers extended their advantage to 12-0 as Dane Harlowe pinned Black Knight senior Jordan Thome in 6 minutes, 21 seconds.

Army then won six of the final eight bouts to earn the hard-fought victory. The Black Knights got on the scoreboard in the 141-pound matchup as senior Connor Hanafee posted an 8-6 overtime win opposite Tyler Scotton. Hanafee rallied to tie the match late in the third period, and he took Scotton to the mat early in the sudden victory period to collect his second win of the day.

Army junior John Belanger followed with a 4-3 victory versus Nick Tourville at 149 pounds as the Black Knights trimmed BU's lead to 12-6. Belanger trailed for most of the match, but scored a takedown with just 20 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

Boston University reestablished its nine-point cushion as Nestor Taffur took an 8-2 decision from Army senior Patrick Marchetti at 157 pounds. Taffur recorded three takedowns and earned the riding time point to help the Terriers take a 15-6 lead at the midway point of the contest.

Army junior Paul Hancock began Army's comeback bid when he rallied for a 9-8 victory against Mitchell Wightman at 165 pounds, pulling the Black Knights to within 15-9. Hancock trailed 7-6 entering the third period, but he opened the final stanza with an escape and scored a takedown later in the frame to earn the win.

Army continued to chip away at its deficit in the 174-pound bout as sophomore Cole Gracey registered a commanding 5-0 decision versus Kyle Czarnecki at 174 pounds. Gracey racked up four minutes of riding time to secure the win, which cut BU's lead to 15-12.

The Black Knights then moved in front for the first time (16-15) as Tompkins recorded an 18-4 major decision opposite Eric Des Lauriers at 184 pounds. Tompkins totaled four takedowns, two near falls and one reversal en route to the dominant victory.

Barnes sealed the victory for the Black Knights when he pinned Alex Najjar in 2:47. Barnes took Najjar to the mat midway through the first period and was able to turn him and earn the pin.

BU's Kevin Innis edged Army senior Collin Wittmeyer, 4-3, in the heavyweight bout to account for the final margin.

Army returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 24, when the Black Knights host Navy at Christl Arena. The annual Star Match is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Match Notes: Army improves to 7-4 all-time versus Boston University ... Paul Hancock moves to a team-best 27-9 ... Hancock, who leads Army with nine major decisions and 13 bonus-point victories, shows a team-best 12-1 record in dual matches ... Bryce Barnes ranks second on the team with 22 wins this season.

Army 22, Boston University 18
125: Bubba McGinley (B) inj. default Hunter Wood, 1:21
133: Dane Harlowe (B) pinned Jordan Thome, 6:21
141: Connor Hanafee (A) dec. Tyler Scotton, 8-6 (sv1)
149: John Belanger (A) dec. Nick Tourville, 4-3
157: Nestor Taffur (B) dec. Patrick Marchetti, 8-2
165: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Mitchell Wightman, 9-8
174: Cole Gracey (A) dec. Kyle Czarnecki, 5-0
184: Ryan Tompkins (A) maj. dec. Eric Des Lauriers, 18-4
197: Bryce Barnes (A) pinned Alex Najjar, 2:47
285: Kevin Innis (B) dec. Collin Wittmeyer, 4-3

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