March 12, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and sophomores Bryce Barnes (197) and Brian Harvey (174) will represent the Army wrestling team at the NCAA Championships from March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The three-day event will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Barnes, Hancock and Harvey will join 327 other Division I wrestlers from across the country in the national tournament. By virtue of his finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships last week, Barnes collected one of the NCAA's 285 automatic bids, while Hancock and Harvey earned at-large selections that were announced on Tuesday. Hancock and Harvey make up a group of 45 at-large selections for NCAA Championships.
Barnes placed sixth at the EIWA Championships after posting a 2-3 record that included an 8-6 win over top-seeded Brandon Palik of Drexel. Barnes, who makes the NCAAs for the second year in a row, went 20-14 this season, including an 8-4 mark in dual matches. The sophomore finished the regular season with wins in 13 of 17 matches, with five in a row coming between Jan. 18 and Feb. 1. Barnes recorded eight bonus-point wins and finished tied for third on the team with two technical falls. Barnes will take on sixth-seeded Richard Perry of Bloomsburg in the first round of the NCAA Championships on March 20.
Hancock will also be making his second appearance at the NCAAs after qualifying for the first time last year. Since winning 15 matches during his first two seasons at Army, Hancock has collected 59 victories, including 27 as a senior. Hancock finished the regular season with a team-leading 10 dual-match wins, 12 bonus-point victories and eight major decisions. The senior put together three separate five-match winning streaks this season, while dropping consecutive bouts just once. Hancock, who took seventh at the EIWAs after going 3-2, will face fifth-seeded Isaac Jordan from Wisconsin in the opening round on March 20.
Harvey makes his first trip to the NCAA Championships after finishing second on the team with 28 wins. The sophomore registered a 7-1 showing in duals, including a 7-0 start before falling to 10th-ranked Matt Miller of Navy in the Black Knights' regular-season finale on Feb. 21. Harvey won eight consecutive matches from Jan. 12 to Feb. 1 that included triumphs in six dual matches. Harvey tied Barnes for third on the team in technical falls (2), while also tallying three major decisions and a pin. The New Palestine, Ind., native will begin his tournament with a match against Oregon State's Joe Latham on March 20.
The NCAA Championships will begin on Thursday, March 20, with Session I getting underway at 11 a.m. Session II will follow with a 6 p.m. start time. March 21 will feature Sessions III and IV, while competition will end on March 22 with Sessions V and VI.