Army Places Fourth At All-Academy Championships

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Feb. 2, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Jordan Thome (133 pounds), junior Paul Hancock (165), junior Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and freshman Bryce Barnes (197) placed runner-up in their respective weight classes to lead the Army wrestling team to a fourth-place showing at the 19th annual All-Academy Championships Saturday inside Gillis Field House.

The Black Knights finished with 71 points to place within the top half of the eight-team field. Navy produced seven individual champions and piled up 128.5 points en route to its fifth consecutive team crown. Air Force finished a distant second with 92.5 points followed by The Citadel (72).

Merchant Marine (17.5 points), VMI (15.5), Coast Guard (12.5) and Norwich (0) rounded out the eight-team field, placing fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Thome, the top-seeded wrestler at 133 pounds, opened the tournament by pinning Merchant Marine's Tom Healey in exactly 2 minutes. The four-year performer then edged Air Force's Dylan Hyder, 1-0, to reach the title bout. Thome's championship hopes were cast aside in the final, however, when he was upset by Navy's second-seeded Colton Rasche, 6-2.

Hancock cruised into the championship match at 165 pounds as the draw's top-seeded wrestler pinned Merchant Marine's Nic Watson (4:51) and scored a major decision opposite Norwich's Dave Pinto (13-5). The third-year performer was pinned by Navy's second-seeded Peyton Walsh (1:36) in the final and settled for second place.

Rauenzahn began his run through the 141-pound draw by posting a dominant 18-3 technical fall victory against Norwich's Tyrell Carstarphen. The second-seeded Rauenzahn then edged Navy Joe Locksmith, 6-4, in sudden victory to reach the title bout. Rauenzahn's run ended in the championship match when he suffered an 8-4 setback to top-seeded Ugi Khishignyam.

Barnes opened the tourney with a convincing 15-0 technical fall win versus Norwich's Sam Kent. The third-seeded Barnes then upset second-seeded Joshua Mohr of Air Force to make the finals. Barnes hung tough with Navy's top-seeded Peter Huntley, but ultimately dropped an 8-5 decision in the championship bout.

Army also totaled a pair of third-place finishes as junior John Belanger (149 pounds) and senior Patrick Marchetti (157) both successfully navigated the consolation draw.

Senior Collin Wittmeyer (285 pounds), sophomore Cole Gracey (174) and freshman Austin Wilding (184) each placed fourth in their respective weight classes.

Army will jump back into its dual match schedule on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the Black Knights host American and Boston University at West Point's Gillis Field House beginning at 5 p.m. That competition will serve as Army's final tune-up prior to welcoming Navy to West Point for the annual "Star" match on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Tournament Notes: Jordan Thome leads Army with eight pins this season ... Paul Hancock leads Army with 25 victories this season (25-9) ... Hancock also tops the team with eight major decisions and 12 bonus-point victories ... Austin Wilding appeared for the first time since the season-opening Buffalo Invitational ... Collin Wittmeyer jumped up two weight classes to wrestle at 285 pounds.

Nate Ohl (125 Pounds)
Lost to Jerico Urmenita (Navy), MD, 12-3
Lost to Costas Rerras (Merchant Marine), medical forfeit

Jordan Thome (133 Pounds)
Pinned Tom Healey (Merchant Marine), 2:00
Beat Dylan Hyder (Air Force), 1-0
Lost to Colton Rasche (Navy), 6-2

Tyler Rauenzahn (141 Pounds)
Beat Tyrell Carstarphen (Norwich), TF, 18-3
Beat Joe Locksmith (Navy), 6-4 (sv1)
Lost to Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel), 8-4

John Belanger (149 Pounds)
Beat Pat McGrath (Norwich), TF, 19-2
Pinned by Cole VonOhlen (Air Force), 1:38
Beat Zeb Stewart (VMI), 7-5 (sv1)
Beat Jordan Dix (Citadel), 7-3

Patrick Marchetti (157 Pounds)
Lost to Joshua Kreimier (Air Force), MD, 16-5
Beat Ted Gottwald (VMI), 3-2 (sv2)
Beat Matthew Frisch (The Citadel), 9-5 (sv2)

Paul Hancock (165 Pounds)
Pinned Nic Watson (Merchant Marine), 4:51
Beat Dave Pinto (Norwich), MD, 13-5
Pinned by Peyton Walsh (Navy), 1:36

Cole Gracey (174 Pounds)
Pinned Charles Constantino (Norwich), 1:56
Lost to Daniel Barringer (Air Force), 6-5
Beat John Dommert (VMI), 7-2
Pinned by Josh Miller (Merchant Marine), 1:34

Austin Wilding (184 Pounds)
Lost to Devin Hightower (Air Force), TF, 16-0
Pinned Mark Wagner (Coast Guard), 4:34
Beat Greg Potemken (Merchant Marine), 11-4
Lost to Josh Tuck (The Citadel), MD, 10-2

Bryce Barnes (197 Pounds)
Beat Sam Kent (Norwich), TF, 15-0
Beat Joshua Mohr (Air Force), 6-5
Lost to Peter Huntley (Navy), 8-5

Collin Wittmeyer (285 Pounds)
Lost to Bentley Alsup (Air Force), 6-2
Pinned Steven Maldonado (Norwich), 2:58
Beat Mark Howard (Coast Guard), 4-0
Lost to Bentley Alsup (Air Force), 6-4

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