Sept. 28, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Black Knight seniors Collin Wittmeyer and Daniel Young have been elected co-captains of the 2012-13 Army wrestling team, it was announced by third-year head coach Joe Heskett on Friday.
Wittmeyer and Young will help lead an Army team that defeated five EIWA opponents and knocked off a pair of nationally-ranked foes en route to an 8-6 overall record last season.
"We are fortunate to have excellent senior leadership throughout our team," said Heskett. "I'd like to congratulate both Collin and Daniel. They complement one another as leaders and captains, and will lean on their fellow senior leaders to help this team not only reach our short term goals, but also to position their teammates for continued success down the road."
Army's projected starter at 184 pounds, Wittmeyer carries a 48-36 career record into his final season at West Point. The Platte City, Mo., native persevered through an injury-riddled junior year, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with an 8-6 overall mark. Wittmeyer, who set a career high with 24 wins as a freshman in 2009-10, owns eight career pins and seven career major decisions.
"Being named team captain is a huge honor for me," said Wittmeyer. "No matter the sport or organization, being selected to be one of the leaders is something that you cannot really explain. I am much more reserved in my leadership style than most cadets here at West Point, but I think that I will be able to set an example of what is expected from an Army wrestler."
Young, who missed almost all of last season after suffering an early-season injury, returns and is penciled in as Army's starter at 149 pounds. The Bloomington, Ind., product went 11-4 last year before getting hurt at the Cliff Keen Invitational. Young, who won a career-best 27 bouts as a sophomore in 2010-11, brings a career-record of 54-33 into his senior campaign. The talented grappler has 25 career bonus-point victories, having piled up 10 pins, 10 major decisions and five technical falls over his first three seasons at the Academy.
"I have wanted to be captain of the Army wrestling team since I was a freshman," said Young. "Looking up to those before me and knowing the great men that have come before me as captains of the Army wrestling team is definitely humbling. I feel honored and privileged to be selected captain of such amazing group of men. The experiences I have endured with this brotherhood will stick with me for the rest of my life. I can't wait for this Army wrestling team to make its mark in history."
The Army wrestling team will usher in its 2012-13 season on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Black Knights travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to compete at the Buffalo Open.