Dec. 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Seniors Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and Ryan Tompkins (184) finished competition for the Army men's wrestling team during the second day of the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Invitational on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Both wrestlers went 0-1 on the day, falling in the consolation quarterfinal round of their respective brackets. Hancock and Tompkins each finished the weekend 3-2.
Hancock, who started the tournament seeded 12th in the 157-pound bracket, posted a 3-1 mark on Friday before falling to Oregon State's Roger Pena, who ranks sixth nationally at 157 pounds in the Intermat national poll, on Saturday. Among Hancock's victories on Friday was an 11-10 decision opposite 14th-ranked Andy McCulley from Wyoming.
Tompkins opened his tournament unseeded in the 184-pound bracket and authored a 3-1 record on Friday to earn a chance to compete for a top-eight placing on Saturday. Tompkins bowed out to 14th-ranked Ophir Bernstein of Brown on a medical forfeit in his only match of the consolation quarterfinals.
Army collected 10.5 points to finish tied for 28th in the 33-team field. No. 5 Oklahoma won the tournament with 154.5 points, while No. 7 Nebraska was runner-up with 130.5 points. No. 12 Ohio State (119.5), No. 11 Cornell (115.5) and No. 22 Michigan (108.5) rounded out the top five.
After taking a 24-day break from competition, the Black Knights will head to Chattanooga, Tenn., to take part in the Southern Scuffle on January 1 and 2.