Army Produces Five Place Winners At EIWA Championships

Bryce Barnes

Bryce Barnes

March 9, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Five members of the Army wrestling squad placed in the top-eight during the final day of competition at the 110th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships on Sunday at The Palestra.

Sophomore Brian Harvey (174 pounds) led the way with a fifth-place finish, while classmate Bryce Barnes (197) took sixth to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, which will be held later this month. Seniors Paul Hancock (157) and Ryan Tompkins (184) each placed seventh in their respective brackets, and classmate Tyler Rauenzahn (141) came in eighth.

After going 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semifinals of the championship bracket, Harvey dropped back-to-back matches to begin Sunday's action, falling to eighth-seeded Bradley Wukie from Penn, 6-3, and top-seeded Elliot Riddick from Lehigh, 11-4. Harvey defeated No. 2 Shane Hughes of Columbia in the fifth-place bout by virtue of a medical forfeit to claim the Black Knights' top finish of the tournament.

On Saturday, Barnes went unbeaten to advance to the championship semifinals, but dropped three straight on Sunday to place sixth. Barnes fell to Binghamton's Cody Reed, 5-2, before taking an 8-1 setback to No. 3 Dan Mitchell from American. Barnes was unable to finish out his fifth-place match against Princeton's Abe Ayala, suffering a loss due to medical forfeit.

Hancock went 1-1 on Sunday after posting a mark of 2-1 in Saturday's matches. The senior lost to Rutgers' Anthony Perrotti to begin the day, but rebounded with a 13-5 major decision over sixth-seeded Kevin Moylan from Princeton in the seventh-place bout.

Tompkins suffered a narrow 5-2 setback to Columbia's Zach Hernandez in the consolation quarterfinals on Sunday before topping Binghamton's Caleb Wallace, 5-3, in the seventh-place match. Tompkins dropped his opening bout on Saturday, but collected wins in each of his final two matches to finish the day.

Rauenzahn went 2-1 on Saturday to earn a spot in the consolation quarterfinals on Sunday. The senior lost to sixth-seeded Tyson Dippery from Rutgers in Sunday's opener before falling to seventh-seeded Matt Bystol of Columbia in a closely-contested 1-0 match.

Army finished 14th in the 18-team field with a score of 46.0, while Cornell claimed the EIWA title for the eighth-straight year with 165.5 points. Lehigh (101.0), Rutgers (91.0), Hofstra (81.0) and Columbia (69.0) rounded out the top five.

The Black Knights will take a week off before finishing out the season at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., from March 20-22. The final selections for the tournament will be made on Wednesday, March 12.

No. 10 Tyler Rauenzahn (141 Pounds)
Lost to No. 6 Tyson Dippery (Rutgers), 19-4; TF (6:16)
Lost to No. 7 Matt Bystol (Columbia), 1-0

No. 5 Paul Hancock (157 Pounds)
Lost to No. 8 Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), fall (1:20)
Defeated No. 6 Kevin Moylan (Princeton), 13-5 (MD)

No. 5 Brian Harvey (174 Pounds)
Lost to No. 8 Bradley Wukie (Penn), 6-3
Lost to No. 1 Elliot Riddick (Lehigh), 11-4
Defeated No. 2 Shane Hughes (Columbia), med. forfeit

No. 4 Ryan Tompkins (184 Pounds)
Lost to No. 6 Zack Hernandez (Columbia), 5-2
Defeated No. 8 Caleb Wallace (Binghamton), 5-3

No. 9 Bryce Barnes (197 Pounds)
Lost to No. 5 Cody Reed (Binghamton), 5-2
Lost to No. 3 Dan Mitchell (American), 8-1
Lost to No. 6 Abe Ayala (Princeton), med. forfeit

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