Dec. 8, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Steve Bonanno, P.J. Gillespie and Paul Snyder recorded major decisions to help lead the Hofstra wrestling team past Army, 27-6, in a non-league dual match Thursday evening at Christl Arena.
Army won just two of the 10 bouts contested as the Black Knights fall to 3-4 on the season. Hofstra (2-0) jumped out to a comfortable 13-0 lead as the Pride won the first four matchups and never looked back.
The visitors took control of the match in the opening bout as Bonanno scored a 14-5 major decision versus Army freshman Scott Filbert at 125 pounds. Bonanno, who is ranked 11th nationally at 125 pounds, took Filbert to the mat six times en route to the victory.
The Pride made it 7-0 as Jamie Franco edged Black Knight junior Jordan Thome, 2-1, at 133-pounds. The bout was scoreless heading into the third period, but a Franco takedown with 48 seconds remaining in the final stanza proved to be the difference.
Luke Vaith made it three straight wins for Hofstra as the Pride sophomore posted a 6-2 victory over Army junior Connor Hanafee in the 141-pound bout. Vaith registered one takedown in the second period and another in the third in the win, which increased Hofstra's lead to 10-0.
Hofstra ran its streak of consecutive victories to four in a row as Justin Accordino earned an 8-3 decision versus Army junior Casey Smith at 149 pounds. The verdict gave the Pride a commanding 13-0 advantage.
Army senior co-captain Jimmy Rafferty put the Black Knights on the scoreboard as he blanked Tyler Banks, 4-0, in the 157-pound bout. After a scoreless first period, Rafferty began the second frame with an escape and a takedown to open up a 3-0 cushion. He then accumulated more than three minutes of riding time to earn the extra point. Rafferty's decision trimmed the Black Knights' deficit to 13-3.
Hofstra extended its lead to 17-3 following the 165-pound matchup as Gillespie took a 15-7 major decision from Army freshman Cole Gracey. Gillespie, who is ranked fourth in the country at 165 pounds, was credited with six takedowns during the bout.
Army pulled to within 17-6 as Army sophomore Ryan Tompkins slipped past Jermaine John, 4-3, at 174 pounds. Tompkins trailed 3-2 midway through the third period following a reversal by John, but the second-year grappler picked up a point on an escape and earned another when John was cited for a stall to secure the victory.
Hofstra's Ben Clymer clinched the match for the Pride by edging Army senior Michael Gorman, 2-1, in the 184-pound bout. The win gave Hofstra an insurmountable 20-6 lead with just two bouts remaining.
The Pride capped the scoring by winning the final two bouts of the night. Matt Loew nipped Army sophomore Wil Brown, 6-5, at 197 pounds, and Snyder parlayed five takedowns into a 12-2 major decision opposite Curtis Garner in the heavyweight matchup.
Army will take three weeks off before returning to the mats at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2) in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Match Notes: Army falls to 6-11-1 all-time versus Hofstra ... Rafferty improves to 12-8 on the season ... his 12 wins are tied with Thome for the team lead ... Rafferty owns 66 career victories ... Tompkins is now 8-6 on the season.
Hofstra 27, Army 6
125: #11 Steve Bonanno (H) maj. dec. Scott Filbert, 14-5
133: Jamie Franco (H) dec. Jordan Thome, 2-1
141: Luke Vaith (H) dec. Connor Hanafee, 6-2
149: Justin Accordino (H) dec. Casey Smith, 8-3
157: Jimmy Rafferty (A) dec. Tyler Banks, 4-0
165: #4 P.J. Gillespie (H) maj. dec. Cole Gracey, 15-7
174: Ryan Tompkins (A) dec. Jermaine Johns, 4-3
184: Ben Clymer (H) dec. Michael Gorman, 2-1
197: Matt Loew (H) dec. Wil Brown, 6-5
285: Paul Snyder (H) maj. dec. Curtis Garner, 12-2
Referee: Bill Doran