Jan. 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Junior Jordan Thome registered a pin at 133 pounds, and three other Black Knights recorded major decisions to lead the Army wrestling team to a 24-15 victory over EIWA rival Brown on Saturday morning inside the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Junior Casey Smith (141 pounds), senior Jimmy Rafferty (157) and senior Daniel Mills (197) each picked up major decisions to help Army (6-5, 3-1 EIWA) to its third straight dual match victory.
Brown (3-4, 2-3 EIWA) took an early 3-0 lead as Billy Watterson edged Army freshman Scott Filbert, 9-7, in the 125-pound bout.
Army responded quickly with Thome pinning Beau Martino in 1 minute, 12 seconds at 133 pounds. Smith followed with a dominant 9-1 major decision victory versus Grant Overcashier in the 141-pound matchup to give the Black Knights a 10-3 advantage.
After Brown's Ricky Bailey slipped past Army sophomore Ryan Bilyeu, 12-11, at 149 pounds, Rafferty delivered a 10-2 major decision opposite Max Lewin in the 157-pound bout to increase the Black Knights' cushion to 14-6.
Army freshman Cole Gracey, who has been on fire of late, posted a 6-0 win versus Jeff Lemmer at 165 pounds, but Brown reeled off wins at the next two weight classes to pull to within 17-15 with two bouts remaining.
The Black Knights were able to hold off the Bears, however, with Mills taking down Ricky McDonald (11-1) at 197 pounds and senior Derek Stanley securing an 8-2 verdict against Marcos Aranda in the heavyweight bout.
Army wraps up its busy Saturday of wrestling later today when the Black Knights travel to Cambridge, Mass., to battle EIWA rival Harvard at 2:30 p.m.
Match Notes: Army improves to 17-5-2 all-time versus Brown ... Jordan Thome's pin was his ninth of the season ... he leads the Black Knights with nine pins and 10 bonus-point victories ... his nine pins tie his single-season career high, which he established as a sophomore last year ... Thome has won seven straight matches ... his 19 wins rank second on the team ... Casey Smith's major decision was the first of his career, and it marked the first bonus-point victory of his career ... Jimmy Rafferty's win was his 20th of the season ... it marks his second straight 20-win season ... Rafferty's major decision was his second of the season ... he has won eight of his last nine matches ... Cole Gracey has won eight consecutive bouts ... Daniel Mills' major decision was his first of the season ... Derek Stanley has won five of his last six matches.
Army 24, Brown 15
125: Billy Watterson (B) dec. Scott Filbert, 9-7
133: Jordan Thome (A) pinned Beau Martino, 1:12
141: Casey Smith (A) maj. dec. Grant Overcashier, 9-1
149: Ricky Bailey (B) dec. Ryan Bilyeu, 12-11
157: Jimmy Rafferty (A) maj. dec. Max Lewin, 10-2
165: Cole Gracey (A) dec. Jeff Lemmer, 6-0
174: Dave Foxen (B) dec. Eric Gobin, 8-6
184: Ophir Bernstein (B) pinned Michael Gorman, 4:28
197: Daniel Mills (A) maj. dec. Ricky McDonald, 11-1
285: Derek Stanley (A) dec. Marcos Aranda, 8-2