Nov. 21, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army wrestling team opens the dual match portion of its 2012-13 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Black Knights travel to Troy, N.Y., to compete at the Northeast Duals.
Army will begin the event by battling Big Ten conference foe Purdue at 9:30 a.m. The Black Knights then face Binghamton at 11:25 a.m., before closing out the busy day by taking on EIWA rival Rutgers at 3:30 p.m.
Army is coming off a fifth-place showing at last weekend's New York State Championships. Senior Daniel Young (149 pounds) and junior Paul Hancock (165) recorded runner-up finishes and seven other Black Knights placed within the top eight.
Senior 184-pounder Collin Wittmeyer, who has finished either second or third at each of Army's first three tournaments of the season, ranks second on the team with nine wins. His four major decisions pace the Black Knights.
Young, who is ranked 20th nationally by Intermat this week, is tied for the team lead with six bonus-point victories and ranks tied for third on the squad with eight victories.
Freshman 197-pounder Bryce Barnes, who placed within the top six at his first three collegiate tournaments, has authored an 8-6 record with one pin and two major decisions this season.
Sophomore Hunter Wood (125 pounds), junior Charlie Costanzo (133), senior Connor Hanafee (141), sophomore Chandler Smith (157), junior Ryan Tompkins (174) and sophomore Stephen Snyder (285) figure to round out Army's lineup this weekend.
Freshman Peter Stanley (125), senior Jordan Thome (133), junior Tyler Rauenzahn (141), junior John Belanger (149), freshman Brian Harvey (157), freshman Ryan Marble (165), freshman Travis Mallo (174), senior Robert Doyle (197) and junior Curtis Garner (285) are also making the trip and may be called upon.
Army shows a 5-2 all-time record versus Binghamton following the Bearcats' 20-13 victory at last season's Northeast Duals. The Black Knights are 2-2 all-time versus Purdue, though the two programs have not squared off since the 1990-91 season. Army and Rutgers have met 42 times, and the Black Knights hold a comfortable 29-12-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Scarlet Knights secured a 27-10 victory versus Army last season at West Point.
Following the Northeast Duals, Army will return to its tournament slate on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, when the Black Knights travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational.