Oct. 24, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Daniel Mills and Collin Wittmeyer both posted major decision victories to help lead the Gold team to a 20-13 victory over the Black squad in the team's annual preseason scrimmage last Friday at Arvin Gymnasium.
David White, Jordan Thome, Connor Hanafee and Derek Stanley each added decisions to help the Gold team edge the Black unit. Daniel Young registered a major decision and Jimmy Rafferty, Alex Smith and Stephen Snyder all notched decisions to pace the Black team.
White edged Hunter Wood, 3-2, in the 125 pound bout, Thome slipped past Charlie Costanzo, 1-0, at 133 pounds and Hanafee defeated John Belanger, 5-1, at 141 pounds as Gold built an early 9-0 advantage.
Young's 14-6 major decision versus Ryan Bilyeu in the 149-pound matchup put Black on the scoreboard, and wins by Rafferty at 157 pounds and Smith at 165 pounds gave the team a 10-9 edge with four bouts remaining. Rafferty got past Paul Hancock, 8-3, while Smith defeated Cole Gracey by that identical score.
Wittmeyer then recorded a dominant 12-3 triumph over Ryan Tompkins in the 174-pound bout gave the Gold team a lead it would not relinquish.
Stanley followed by nipping Wil Brown, 4-3, at 184 pounds and Mills took a 13-4 major decision from Phil Steinberg to increase Gold's lead to 20-10.
Snyder doubled up Christian Botero, 4-2, in the heavyweight bout to round out the scoring.
"This is a different Army Wrestling team from a year ago," said second-year head coach Joe Heskett. "I was optimistic, but uncertain about what I would witness Friday night. Fortunately, my optimism prevailed and was supported by a team that looked tactically and strategically sound.
"It is tough to wrestle off a guy you train with everyday in the room, but when the lights are on it is all about how you compete. Regardless of victory or defeat, this past Friday night I saw effort, point scoring and a team that is ready for the challenges ahead."
The Black Knights officially open their 2011-12 season on Sunday, Nov. 6, with dual matches against Iowa State and Boston University in Boston, Mass.
Gold 20, Black 13
125: David White (G) dec. Hunter Wood, 3-2
133: Jordan Thome (G) dec. Charlie Costanzo, 1-0
141: Connor Hanafee (G) dec. John Belanger, 5-1
149: Daniel Young (B) maj. dec. Ryan Bilyeu, 14-6
157: Jimmy Rafferty (B) dec. Paul Hancock, 8-3
165: Alex Smith (B) dec. Cole Gracey, 8-3
174: Collin Wittmeyer (G) maj. dec. Ryan Tompkins, 12-3
184: Derek Stanley (G) dec. Wil Brown, 4-3
197: Daniel Mills (G) maj. dec. Phil Steinberg, 13-4
285: Stephen Snyder (B) dec. Christian Botero, 4-2