Dec. 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Junior Paul Hancock placed seventh at 165 pounds, and senior Daniel Young finished eighth in the 149-pound draw to lead the Army wrestling team on the second and final day of competition at the 31st annual Cliff Keen Invitational on Saturday.
Hancock, who began the tournament unseeded in the 165-pound bracket, finished the weekend with an impressive 5-2 mark. He posted a 3-1 record yesterday to reach Saturday's action, and the third-year grappler began today's competition by upsetting Boise State's Holden Packard, 10-4.
Then, after falling to 10th-ranked Taylor Mass of Michigan, Hancock responded with an emphatic 16-3 major decision opposite South Dakota State's Joseph Brewster in the seventh-place bout.
Young, seeded 10th at 149 pounds, wrapped up the weekend with a 4-3 overall record. He forged a 3-1 mark during Friday's action to opened Saturday's competition with an impressive 2-1 victory versus 12th-ranked Derek Valenti of Virginia. Young then dropped a 5-2 decision to Oregon State's fourth-ranked Scott Sakaguchi, and medically forfeited the seventh-place match.
Army racked up 19 points as a team and finished tied for 24th out of 32 schools. Ohio State (124.5 points) edged Missouri (123.5) for the tournament title. Cornell (104.5), Oregon State (98.5) and Nebraska (89.5) rounded out the top five.
The Black Knights return to action on Thursday, Dec. 6, when they host Drexel in their home debut. The non-conference dual match will get under way from Gillis Field House at 6 p.m.