Daniel Young Punches NCAA Ticket At EIWA Championships

Daniel Young

Daniel Young

March 8, 2013

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Senior Daniel Young wrestled into the championship bout at 149 pounds to help lead the Army wrestling team into eighth place after the first day of competition at the 109th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships on Friday inside Rutgers Athletic Center on the campus of Rutgers University.

Six other Black Knights remain in contention in the consolation bracket following a productive opening day. Army racked up 64 points to reside near the middle of the 14-team field. Cornell leads the team standings with 109.5 points, followed by Navy (94 points) and Pennsylvania (91.5).

Young, seeded third in the 149-pound bracket, cruised past Princeton's sixth-seeded Zachary Bintliff (7-2) and Navy's seventh-seeded Raymond Borja (6-3) to reach the championship bout and clinch a spot in the NCAA Championships. Young will face top-seeded Steve Santos of Columbia in Saturday's final. He will be looking to become Army's first EIWA champion since Matthew Kyler won the 149-pound crown in 2010.

Junior Paul Hancock advanced to the consolation semifinals at 165 pounds after authoring a 2-1 mark today. The fourth-seeded Hancock responded after falling into the consolation bracket, upending Pennsylvania's third-seeded Casey Kent (5-1) and posting an 8-0 major decision opposite American's eighth-seeded Phillip Barreiro. Hancock will battle Rutgers' sixth-seeded Nicholas Visicaro in the consolation semifinals on Saturday.

Freshman Bryce Barnes, the fourth-seeded wrestler at 197 pounds, lost his opening bout, but bounced back to score a 12-2 major decision against Sacred Heart's Sam Morrison and post a 3-1 decision versus Rutgers' Dan Seidenberg. Barnes will meet Navy's third-seeded Oscar Huntley in Saturday's consolation semifinals.

Sophomore Hunter Wood dropped his first bout of the day, but battled back to reach the consolation semifinals at 125 pounds. Wood fell to fifth-seeded Jeffrey Ott of Harvard in his opening match, but got past third-seeded Joseph Langel of Rutgers (medical forfeit) and Columbia's Penn Gottfried (8-4) to earn a spot in Saturday's consolation semifinals. Wood needs to defeat American's fourth-seeded David Terao tomorrow morning to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

Senior Jordan Thome, seeded fifth at 133 pounds, opened the day by pinning Princeton's Andrew Hirai in 44 seconds. Thome then knocked off Harvard's Shay Warren (6-2), but fell to Columbia's eighth-seeded Matt Bystol (7-0) in the semifinals to drop into the consolation bracket. Thome will face Pennsylvania's seventh-seeded Jeff Canfora in the consolation semifinals on Saturday morning.

Senior 141-pounder Connor Hanafee will wrestle for a spot in the NCAA Championships in the seventh-place bout versus Navy's eighth-seeded Joe Locksmith on Saturday after compiling a 2-2 record during the first day of action. The sixth-seeded Hanafee downed Brown's Cortlandt Choate (11-4) in his first bout before falling into the consolation draw after dropping a 7-3 decision to Pennsylvania's third-seeded Charles Cobb (7-3). Hanafee then knocked off Bucknell's Derrik Russell (8-3), before suffering a 6-4 setback to Lehigh's sixth-seeded Anthony Salupo.

Sophomore Cole Gracey, the sixth-seeded grappler at 174 pounds, defeated Franklin & Marshall's Colin Gironda (5-0) and Princeton's Ryan Callahan (4-3) to reach the championship semifinals. He was unable to get past Navy's second-seeded Mathew Miller, however, suffering a 6-4 setback and dropping into the consolation semifinals. He needs to defeat Rutgers' third-seeded Greg Zannetti on Saturday morning to lock up a second consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships.

Army will conclude competition at the 109th EIWA Championships on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Finals are set for 3 p.m.

Tournament Notes: Paul Hancock improves to 30-10 on the season ... Hancock leads the Black Knights with 30 wins and 10 major decisions on the year ... Jordan Thome recorded his team-leading 10th pin of the season in today's opening round win ... Connor Hanafee reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in his career (20-13) after posting a 2-2 mark today.

Hunter Wood (125 Pounds)
Lost to #5 Jeffrey Ott (Harvard), 18-3; 3:54 (TF)
Defeated #3 Joseph Langel (Rutgers), medical forfeit
Defeated Penn Gottfried (Columbia), 8-4

Jordan Thome (133 Pounds)
Pinned Andrew Hirai (Princeton), 0:44
Defeated Shay Warren (Harvard), 6-2
Lost to #8 Matt Bystol (Columbia), 7-0

Connor Hanafee (141 Pounds)
Defeated Cortlandt Choate (Brown), 11-4
Lost to #3 Charles Cobb (Pennsylvania), 7-3
Defeated Derrik Russell (Bucknell), 8-3
Lost to #7 Anthony Salupo (Lehigh), 6-4

Daniel Young (149 Pounds)
Defeated #6 Zachary Bintliff (Princeton), 7-2
Defeated #7 Raymond Borja (Navy), 6-3

John Belanger (157 Pounds)
Lost to #3 Bobby Barnhisel (Navy), 16-1; 7:00 (TF)
Lost to #4 Scott Winston (Rutgers), Def.

Paul Hancock (165 Pounds)
Lost to #5 Peyton Walsh (Navy), 5-2
Defeated #3 Casey Kent (Pennsylvania), 5-1
Defeated #8 Phillip Barreiro (American), 8-0 (MD)

Cole Gracey (174 Pounds)
Defeated Colin Gironda (Franklin & Marshall), 5-0
Defeated Ryan Callahan (Princeton), 4-3
Lost to #2 Mathew Miller (Navy), 6-4

Ryan Tompkins (184 Pounds)
Defeated Drew Rebling (Columbia), 5-3
Lost to #1 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), fall, 4:15
Lost to Robert Marchese (Bucknell), 7-3

Bryce Barnes (197 Pounds)
Lost to #5 John Bolich (Lehigh), 3-2
Defeated Sam Morrison (Sacred Heart), 12-2 (MD)
Defeated Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers), 3-1

Collin Wittmeyer (285 Pounds)
Lost to #5 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell), 3-0
Lost to #3 Stryker Lane (Cornell), 7-2

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