Dec. 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Seniors Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and Ryan Tompkins (184) both went 3-1 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the consolation bracket in their respective weight classes during Friday's action at the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Army stands tied in 27th place out of 33 schools after day one of the two-day tournament. Hancock, who placed seventh at 165 pounds at last year's Cliff Keen Invitational, and Tompkins will continue competition when action resumes on Saturday.
Seeded 12th in the 157-pound bracket, Hancock began his day with a 4-2 win over Purdue's Doug Welch. Hancock fell in his next match, falling to Cal Poly's Max Schneider, who is ranked 19th at 157 pounds in Intermat's national poll, but rebounded with a pin against Joel Smith from Arizona State. In his final bout of the day, Hancock slipped past No. 14 Andy McCulley from Wyoming , 11-10, to reach to final eight of the consolation round.
Tompkins began his path to the 184-pound consolation quarterfinals by topping Oregon State's Bryan Engdahl, 7-1, but dropped a 10-2 major decision to No. 9 Kenny Courts from Ohio State in his following match. Tompkins finished his day with wins over Dan Seidenberg (5-1) of Rutgers and California Baptist's Caleb Gerl (6-0).
Black Knight junior Cole Gracey (165) and sophomore Brian Harvey (174) also posted multiple victories on Friday, each ending the day 2-2.
Gracey claimed a 9-1 major decision against California Baptist's Daniel Urban, and bettered Joe Grandominico from Ohio State, 8-4. Harvey topped Phillip Bakuckas from Rutgers, 5-4, in his opening match, while taking an 8-6 tiebreaker win to outlast Grand Canyon College's Martin Fabbian in his third bout. Harvey's day came to an end with a narrow 3-1 defeat to 17th-ranked Cody Caldwell of Northern Iowa.
Hancock and Tompkins will conclude competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 7.