March 20, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – All three Army wrestlers dropped their first matches as the NCAA Wrestling Championships got underway at the Chesapeake Energy Center.
Paul Hancock (157), Brian Harvey (174) and Bryce Barnes (197) will all wrestle in the consolation round when Session II gets underway at 7 p.m. Eastern time in the 330-wrestler double elimination tournament.
Thursday’s matches marked the second NCAA competition for Hancock and Barnes and the initial appearance for Harvey.
Harvey, making his first appearance at the national tournament, drew Joe Latham of Oregon State in a pigtail match. Following a scoreless first period, Harvey chose down to start the second. He secured an escape and two backs points to build a 4-0 lead. Latham countered with a reversal before Harvey escaped. Latham secured a takedown later in the period and Harvey led 5-4 after two periods.
Latham was in the down position in the third period and escaped to tie the match. Latham then picked up a takedown with 20 seconds left. Harvey (28-12), who received a point for riding time, was unable to escape and knot the match and fell into the consolation bracket.
Hancock (27-13) also dropped his opening match to fifth-seeded Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin. The match was scoreless in the opening minute. Jordan secured the first takedown and then used a cradle for a fall in 1:26.
Barnes also drew a ranked wrestle, the sixth-seed Richard Perry from Bloomsburg.
Barnes scored a takedown in the opening minute, a call that was confirmed after the officials reviewed the move at the end of the mat. Perry later escaped.
Barnes chose the down position to start the second and quickly escaped. Perry, though, secured two takedowns and led 7-5 after the second as Barnes picked up two escape points.
Barnes (21-14) allowed Perry an escape point in the third period and then Perry picked up two additional takedowns for the 12-6 victory.
Perry improved to 32-1 with the win.
Paul Hancock, 157 pounds
First Round: pinned by #5 Isaac Jordan, Wisconsin, 1:26
Next Match: First round consolation vs. Tristan Warner, Old Dominion
Brian Harvey, 174 pounds
Pigtails: lost to Joe Latham, Oregon State, 7-6
Next Match: First round consolation vs. Levin Clemons, Tennessee Chattanooga
Bryce Barnes, 197 pounds
First Round: lost to #6 Richard Perry, Bloomsburg, 12-6
Next Match: First round consolation vs. Shane Woods, Wyoming