Nov. 6, 2011
Sophomore Wil Brown recorded a pin, junior Connor Hanafee posted a major decision and six other Black Knights added victories as the Army wrestling team stormed past Boston University, 28-9, on Sunday evening at Case Gym.
The victory over the Terriers capped a successful opening day to the 2011-12 campaign for the Black Knights, who improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Army jumped all over BU, winning the first eight bouts of the night to build an insurmountable 28-0 advantage.
"There was no doubt we were on an emotional high after the Iowa State victory, but controlling our emotions after a major victory was common talk in our room all week," said Army head coach Joe Heskett. "As we know, talk and action are two different worlds. I have never been so proud of a team. They executed an 'emotional flat line', refocused and surged out to a 28-0 run over a top 25 ranked team. That is just special."
Black Knight sophomore David White opened the match by posting an 8-2 victory over Bubba McGinley in the 125-pound bout. Army junior Jordan Thome then took a 7-1 decision from B.J. Suitor at 133 pounds to make it 6-0 in favor of the Black Knights.
Hanafee kept the ball rolling by turning in a dominant 10-1 major decision opposite Peter Ishiguro in the 141-pound matchup, pushing Army's advantage to 10-0.
Army increased its lead to 13-0 following junior Daniel Young's 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Nestor Taffur at 149 pounds. Young trailed Taffur 4-0 early in the first period and faced a 6-2 deficit entering the third period before rallying for the win.
Black Knight senior Jimmy Rafferty edged Nick Tourville, 3-2, in the 157-pound bout to provide Army with a 16-0 cushion.
Army's run of consecutive wins reached six straight as Black Knight sophomore Alex Smith used a late takedown to slip past Kyle Czarnecki, 5-3, at 165 pounds.
Army junior Collin Wittmeyer then registered one of the Black Knights' most memorable wins of the entire day as the third-year wrestler upset fifth-ranked Hunter Meys, 3-0, in the 174-pound matchup. The bout was scoreless heading to the third period, but Wittmeyer took Meys to the mat in the final minute and added a riding time point to earn a hard-fought victory. The win made it 21-0 and effectively clinched the victory for Army.
Brown punctuated the Army victory as the 184-pounder pinned Najjar in 3 minutes, 46 seconds. Brown's victory made it 28-0 in favor of the Black Knights.
Boston University (0-1) closed out the match by winning the final two bouts. The Terriers made it 28-3 as 15th-ranked John Hall snuck past Army senior Daniel Mills, 3-2, in the 197-pound matchup. BU's Kevin Innis then pinned Army freshman Stephen Snyder in 2:54 in the heavyweight bout to account for the final margin.
"We successfully cleared some high hurdles today and executed to near perfection, but today was merely preparation for more challenges that lay ahead," said Heskett. "We will once again hone in on our 'emotional flat line' and prepare for Tuesday evening versus Rider."
Army returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when the Black Knights host Rider in the team's home opener at Christl Arena. The dual match, which will be video streamed live on ITT Knight Vision, is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m.
Match Notes: Army improves to 6-4 all-time versus Boston University ... the Terriers handed Army a 29-12 setback last season at West Point, but the Black Knights were able to flip the script this season ... Thome, Hanafee, Young, Rafferty and Wittmeyer each posted perfect 2-0 records today ... Hanafee's major decision is the first of his career ... Brown's pin was the fifth of his career.
Army 28, Boston University 9
125: David White (A) dec. Bubba McGinley, 8-2
133: Jordan Thome (A) dec. B.J. Suitor, 7-1
141: Connor Hanafee (A) maj. dec. Peter Ishiguro, 10-1
149: Daniel Young (A) dec. Nestor Taffur, 10-8
157: Jimmy Rafferty (A) dec. Nick Tourville, 3-2
165: Alex Smith (A) dec. Kyle Czarnecki, 5-3
174: Collin Wittmeyer dec. #5 Hunter Meys, 3-0
184: Wil Brown (A) pinned Alex Najjar, 3:46
197: #15 John Hall (B) dec. Daniel Mills, 3-2
285: Kevin Innis (B) pinned Stephen Snyder, 2:54