May 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army wrestling team gathered in Randall Hall Auditorium last Tuesday night to hand out its annual team awards. Senior Daniel Young and junior Paul Hancock, who received two awards each, were among the wrestlers honored for their accomplishments during the 2012-13 season.
The 149-pound Young earned the Mike Natvig Award, presented annually to Army's most outstanding wrestler. The Bloomington, Ind., native capped his season by placing runner-up at the EIWA Championships and advancing to the NCAAs. Young also authored second-place finishes at the Oklahoma-Gold Classic and New York State Championships, en route to a 16-14 overall record.
Young and fellow senior Collin Wittmeyer shared the Pierce Currier Foster Memorial Award, handed out each year to the captain(s) of the Army wrestling team.
Hancock, meanwhile, won the Mr. Intensity and Most Improved Awards. The Mr. Intensity Award is presented in honor of legendary Army coach LeRoy Alitz, and goes to the most dedicated worker on the Army team. The Most Improved Award is handed out to the wrestler that improves the most in terms of skill level, work ethic and accomplishments.
Hancock had compiled just 15 wins over his first two seasons at the Academy before exploding as a junior this year. The Dearborn, Mich., product led Army with 32 wins, compiling a 32-12 overall record. He forged a team-best 13 dual victories with a 13-1 mark in dual matches. Hancock also paced the Black Knights with 10 major decisions and 14 bonus-point victories. He placed third at the EIWA Championships en route to a spot in the NCAAs. Hancock added second-place showings at the All-Academy Championships and New York State Championships.
Senior Patrick Marchetti took home the Arvin Memorial Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class that best distinguishes himself in leadership, scholarship and commitment to the Army wrestling team. The Nashville, Tenn. native compiled a 16-11 record at 157 pounds, including four technical falls. Marchetti finished third at the All-Academy Championships and fourth at the Buffalo Invitational.
Freshman Brian Harvey landed the Wally Crum Memorial Award, which honors the most courageous member of the freshman class. Harvey finished his plebe campaign with a 13-17 overall record to go along with a 4-4 dual mark.
Three new awards were presented for the first time at this year's banquet with junior Ryan Tompkins earning the Unsung Hero Award, junior Tyler Rauenzahn collecting the 11th Man Award and sophomore Chandler Smith picking up the Leadership Realm Award.
The Unsung Hero Award is presented to the individual who embodies the program's "Build and Believe" philosophy and displays outstanding leadership qualities with no intent of recognition. The 11th Man Award is given to a non-starter who demonstrates through work ethic and selfless team commitment the potential to not only lead, but develop wrestling skills at a significant rate. The Leadership Realm Award, meanwhile, is handed out to the individual who achieves greatness in all five categories of the Leadership Realm: Academics, Athletics, Military, Strength and Social.
Under the guidance of third-year head coach Joe Heskett, Army compiled a 7-7 dual meet record before finishing sixth at the EIWA Championships. The Black Knights qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, which was the program's highest total since 2008. Young, Hancock, senior Connor Hanafeee and freshman Bryce Barnes all ended the season at the national tournament.