Nov. 9, 2013
BROCKPORT, N.Y. - Senior Ryan Tompkins finished atop the 184-pound bracket and 10 others posted top-six placements, as the Army wrestling team took third place at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday at Vlogianitis Gymnasium.
The Black Knights collected 101 points to finish third in the six-team field. Oklahoma, which is ranked fifth in the Intermat national poll, won the tournament with 168 points, while Bloomsburg was second with 133 points. Buffalo (95.5), American (91) and SUNY Brockport (31.5) rounded out the field.
Army placed four other wrestlers in the top three, including runner-up finishes from senior Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and sophomore Brian Harvey (174), and third-place showings from junior Chandler Smith (165) and freshman Logan Everett (133).
Tompkins defeated Oklahoma freshman Daniel Chaid, 5-3, before topping Bloomsburg redshirt senior Sam Shirey, 5-2, to reach the finals of the 184-pound bracket. Tompkins earned a 6-3 victory over sophomore Tony Lock from Buffalo to claim the title in the weight class.
Hancock pinned Bloomsburg sophomore Mark Granahan (4:18) to open his bracket before tallying an 18-3 technical fall over Buffalo redshirt freshman John Northrup (2:59) in the 157 semifinals. Hancock dropped a 10-8 decision to redshirt junior Justin DeAngelis of Oklahoma in the championship match.
In the 174-pound field, Harvey recorded wins of 7-5 and 6-0 in his first two bouts, respectively, before winning, 10-8, over Bloomsburg redshirt senior Mike Dessino, who stands 18th in his weight class in Intermat's national rankings. Harvey was pinned by the nation's top-ranked 174-pound wrestler, Oklahoma junior Andrew Howe (6:29) in the championship match.
Everett and Smith each posted bonus-point victories en route to third-place finishes, and sophomore Bryce Barnes (197) and freshman Mark Marchetti (141) placed fourth in their respective brackets. Senior Tyler Rauenzahn (141), junior Cole Gracey (165) and sophomore Austin Wilding (184) each took fifth, while junior Hunter Wood (125) grabbed a sixth-place finish.
Army returns to tournament action on Sunday, Nov. 24, when it competes at the New York State Championships in Ithaca, N.Y.