Jan. 28, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
Army and Harvard split the 10 bouts right down the middle, but it was senior Daniel Mills' pin in the heavyweight matchup that sealed the Black Knights' 24-17 upset victory over the 25th-ranked Crimson in an EIWA dual match on Saturday afternoon inside the Malkin Athletic Center.
Army (7-5, 4-1 EIWA) began the match with a 12-0 cushion as Harvard forfeited the 125- and 133-pound bouts. Freshman Scott Filbert (125 pounds) and junior Jordan Thome (133) were credited with victories.
Black Knight junior Casey Smith extended Army's lead to 15-0 following a 6-2 victory over Patrick Hogan in the 141-pound matchup.
Harvard (4-5, 1-3 EIWA) trimmed the Black Knights' advantage to 15-8 following major decision verdicts in the next two bouts. Eighth-ranked Corey Jantzen took down Army sophomore Ryan Bilyeu, 11-0, at 149 pounds, while fourth-ranked Walter Peppelman blanked Black Knight senior Jimmy Rafferty, 12-0, at 157 pounds.
Army freshman Cole Gracey made it 18-8 after defeating Ian Roy, 8-2, in the 165-pound bout, but Harvard reeled off three consecutive wins to pull to within 18-17 heading into the final match of the contest.
That set the stage for a winner-take-all heavyweight bout, and Mills wasted little time securing Army's fourth straight victory by pinning Davig Ng in 56 seconds.
Army returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the Black Knights travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the 18th annual All-Academy Championships.
Match Notes: Army improves to 23-11 all-time versus Harvard ... it marks the Black Knights' second victory over a ranked opponent this season ... Army knocked off then-No. 25-ranked Iowa State on Nov. 6, 2011 ... Jordan Thome improves to 20-7 following today's action ... it marks his second straight 20-win season ... Thome is now tied with Jimmy Rafferty for the team lead in victories ... Cole Gracey has won nine straight bouts ... Daniel Mills' pin was his second of the season.
Army 24, #25 Harvard 17
125: Scott Filbert (A) wins by forfeit
133: Jordan Thome (A) wins by forfeit
141: Casey Smith (A) dec. Patrick Hogan, 6-2
149: #8 Corey Jantzen (H) maj. dec. Ryan Bilyeu, 11-0
157: #4 Walter Peppelman (H) maj. dec. Jimmy Rafferty, 12-0
165: Cole Gracey (A) dec. Ian Roy, 8-2
174: Josh Popple (H) dec. Eric Gobin, 9-7
184: Cameron Croy (H) dec. Michael Gorman, 8-2
197: James Fox (H) dec. Derek Stanley, 1-0
285: Daniel Mills (A) pinned David Ng, 0:56