Black Knights Fall Twice In Grapple At The Garden

Cole Gracey

Cole Gracey

Dec. 1, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team was handed a pair of setbacks at the second annual Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, falling to Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rival Hofstra, 23-16, before slipping to EIWA challenger Princeton, 21-15, at Madison Square Garden.

The Black Knights go to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the EIWA, while the Pride move to 3-4 and 1-1 with their win over Army. The Tigers improve to 2-0 and 2-0 after defeating Drexel in their first match of the day.

Seven different wrestlers posted wins for the Black Knights including senior Ryan Tompkins (184 pounds), who went 2-0. Sophomore Austin Wilding (197) finished the day 1-0, while seniors Paul Hancock (157), Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and Alex Smith (174), and juniors Cole Gracey (165) and Hunter Wood (125) split their respective matches.

Hofstra raced out to a 16-0 lead in the opening match after wins in each of its first four bouts before Army answered with victories in four of the next five. Hancock claimed a 15-6 major decision over redshirt junior Nick Terdick in the 157-pound bout, while Gracey suffered a 14-4 major decision loss to graduate student Joseph Booth, who is ranked 11th at 165 pounds by Intermat.

At 174 pounds, Smith slipped past redshirt freshman Frank Affronti, 3-1, to pull the Black Knights to a 20-7 deficit. Tompkins pinned sophomore Victor Pozsonyi in the 184-pound bout, and Wilding won an 8-4 decision at 197, cutting Army's deficit to four. Sophomore Bryce Barnes took the mat at 285 pounds for just the second time in his career, and the first since Feb. 24, 2013, but was bested by Hofstra freshman Michael Hughes, 6-4, as the Pride held on for the dual match victory.

In the second event of the day, Army stood deadlocked with Princeton through eight bouts, with the sides trading each of the first four matches. Wood pinned his opponent at 125 pounds to give the Black Knights an early 6-0 cushion before the Tigers won the 133-pound match to cut their deficit to three. Army extended its lead to six after Rauenzahn's 8-4 win against sophomore Christopher Perez in the 141-pound bout, but Princeton earned decisions at 149 and 157 to tie the match at 9-9.

Gracey bettered sophomore Judd Ziegler, 4-1, at 165 pounds, before the Tigers recorded a fall in the 174-pound mach to move ahead for the first time, 15-12. Tompkins took a 9-4 decision in the 184-pound bout to bring the tally to 15 apiece, but Princeton would go ahead for the final time, using decisions by senior Daniel Santoro (197) and Cole Lampman (285) to seal the victory.

Army will finish off the 2013 portion of its schedule on Friday, Dec. 6, when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Cliff Keen Invitational.

Match Notes: Army moves to 6-12-1 against Hofstra and 22-14-0 versus Princeton ... senior Ryan Tompkins remains the only Black Knight without a loss (6-0) ... senior Paul Hancock becomes the first Army wrestler to reach 10 wins (10-4) in 2013-14 ... Tompkins' pin was his first of the season.

Hofstra 23, Army 16

125: Jamie Franco (H) dec. Hunter Wood, 3-1
133: Jamel Hudson (H) maj. dec. Logan Everett, 11-3
141: #10 Luke Vaith (H) pinned Tyler Rauenzahn, 5:15
149: Cody Ruggirello (H) dec. Mark Marchetti, 4-0
157: Paul Hancock (A) maj. dec. Nick Terdick, 15-6
165: #11 Joseph Booth (H) maj. dec. Cole Gracey, 14-4
174: Alex Smith (A) dec. Frank Affronti, 3-1
184: Ryan Tompkins (A) pinned Victor Pozsonyi, 0:50
197: Austin Wilding (A) dec. David Heitman, 8-4
285: Michael Hughes (H) dec. Bryce Barnes, 6-4

Princeton 21, Army 15

125: Hunter Wood (A) pinned Josh Aslanian, 4:28
133: Jordan Laster (P) dec. Logan Everett, 5-2
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) dec. Christopher Perez, 8-4
149: Kevin Moylan (P) dec. Mark Marchetti, 7-4
157: Mathew Gancayco (P) dec. Paul Hancock, 5-3
165: Cole Gracey (A) dec. Judson Ziegler, 4-1
174: Brett Harner (P) pinned Alex Smith, 2:52
184: Ryan Tompkins (A) dec. Scott Gibbons, 9-3
197: Daniel Santoro (P) dec. Bryce Barnes, 6-4
285: Cole Lampman (P) dec. Stephen Snyder, 3-2

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