Black Knights Get Past American, 26-10

Bryce Barnes

Bryce Barnes

Jan. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Black Knights posted bonus-point victories to help the Army wrestling team earn a 26-10 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) win over American on Saturday evening at Bender Arena. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the league, while the Eagles slip to 4-4 and 3-2.

Seniors Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and junior Chandler Smith (165) each notched bonus-point wins, with Rauenzahn pinning his opponent and Hancock and Smith each winning by major decision.

The match began with the 174-pounds bout, where sophomore Brian Harvey tallied a 4-0 decision over American's Keithen Cast to give Army an early 3-0 advantage. The Black Knights extended their lead to 9-0 after senior Ryan Tompkins (184) won 7-2 and sophomore Bryce Barnes (197) defeated Daniel Mitchell, who stands ninth at 197 pounds in Intermat's national poll, by a count of 2-1. Junior Stephen Snyder fell by major decision in the heavyweight match before 11th-ranked David Terao used a 12-5 decision over junior Hunter Wood to bring the Eagles back to a two-point deficit at 9-7.

In the 133-pound match, Black Knight freshman Logan Everett topped Esteban Gomez-Rivera, 5-4, to give his team a 12-7 cushion before Rauenzahn's pin made the score 18-7 with three bouts remaining. American's Mark Cirello won a decision over freshman Mark Marchetti at 149 pounds, but Army closed the match with consecutive major decisions, as Hancock and Smith topped their counterparts 8-0 and 12-4, respectively.

The Black Knights are back in action on Sunday, Jan. 26, when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., where they will face Penn at 1 p.m. and Drexel at 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army improves to 4-1 all-time against American ... Chandler Smith increases his team-leading win total to 25 (25-8).

Army 26, American 10
174: Brian Harvey (Army) dec. Keithen Cast, 4-0
184: Ryan Tompkins (Army) dec. Jason Grimes, 7-2
197: Bryce Barnes (Army) dec. #9 Daniel Mitchell, 2-1
285: Blake Herrin (American) maj. dec. Stephen Snyder, 11-1
125: #11 David Terao (American) dec. Hunter Wood, 12-5
133: Logan Everett (Army) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera, 5-4
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (Army) pinned Spencer Slishman, 1:38
149: Mark Cirello (American) dec. Mark Marchetti, 6-0
157: Paul Hancock (Army) maj. dec. John Boyle, 8-0
165: Chandler Smith (Army) maj. dec. Cristian Masaya, 12-4

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