Rick Johnston talks with this week's Athletes of the Week Michael Gorman, Cole Gracey and Jordan Thome.
MILESTONES: Named EIWA Freshman of the Year following his plebe campaign ... earned Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week plaudits twice as a freshman.
2013-14: Finished fifth on team with 21 wins ... went 21-13 overall and 2-3 in dual matches ... wrestled exclusively at 165 pounds ... led team with four technical falls ... tied for fourth on team with four pins ... recorded two major decision victories ... earned first place at the Franklin and Marshall Open ... took fifth at both the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational and New York State Championships ... won four straight bouts at the Shorty Hitchcock tournament ... notched two wins at the Cliff Keen Invitational.
2012-13: Put together a 17-10 overall mark, including a 7-3 finish in dual matches ... competed exclusively at 174 pounds ... recorded one major decision win ... tied for second on the team with six pins ... notched a pair of pins en route to a third-place finish at the Shorty Hitchcock Invitational on Jan. 20 ... finished fourth at the All-Academy Championships on Feb. 2 ... took fifth place at the EIWA Championships on March 8-9.
2011-12: Capped an incredible freshman season with a trip to the NCAA Championships ... became just the fourth Army freshman in the last 25 years to qualify for the NCAAs ... automatically qualified for the national tournament after placing third at the EIWA Championships ... was named EIWA Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Army wrestler to earn the prestigious honor since Darrel Nerove won the award in 1985 ... wrapped up his memorable plebe campaign with an overall record of 25-15 ... began the season 7-11 before finishing the year by winning 18 of his final 22 bouts ... won 12 straight matches over the span of a month, stretching from the Rutgers dual to the All-Academy Championships ... led the team with three major decisions and ranked second on the team with 25 victories, eight dual match wins, seven pins and 11 bonus-point victories ... won individual titles at the New York State Championships and All-Academy Championships ... went 4-0 with a pair of bonus-point wins en route to the New York State crown ... authored a 3-0 mark with a pin on his way to the All-Academy title ... finished sixth at the Body Bar Invitational after going 3-3 with a pin during the tournament ... won two of three bouts at the Northeast Duals, defeating opponents from Arizona State and Sacred Heart ... also collected dual wins versus Rutgers, Columbia, Drexel, Brown, Harvard and Navy ... also wrestled at the Oklahoma-Gold Classic, Cliff Keen Invitational and Southern Scuffle ... twice named Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week ... shared the honor with teammates Michael Gorman and Jordan Thome after each wrestler won an individual title at the New York State Championships in late January ... collected the award for a second time after placing third at the EIWA Championships in early March.
HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOL: Captured a pair of state titles at Iron Tuttle High School, winning championships as a sophomore and senior ... placed runner-up as a junior ... was a state placewinner as a freshman ... attended the United States Military Academy Prep School last year.
PERSONAL: Coleman Dee Gracey was born July 10, 1991 in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... son of Greg and Tina Gracey ... has one sister, Katie ... majoring in Geospatial Information Science.