March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -
Junior Jordan Thome (133 pounds) forged a 2-2 record, and senior Derek Stanley (197) and freshman Cole Gracey (165) both posted 1-2 marks at the NCAA Championships, but all three bowed out of the event on Friday inside the Scottrade Center.
Thome began Friday morning's third session by defeating 12th-seeded Bryan Ortenzio of Pennsylvania, 2-1, in sudden victory. The Troy, Ohio, native then saw his NCAA run halted in his next bout when he suffered a 7-5 setback to seventh-seeded Aaron Schopp of Edinboro.
Stanley, who posted a 1-1 mark on Day One, dropped a 4-2 (sudden victory) decision to Binghamton's Cody Reeb in his first bout of Day Two. Gracey, meanwhile, lost a hard-fought match to Virginia's Nicholas Sulzer, 10-8.
Tournament Notes: Jordan Thome finishes his junior campaign with a 28-13 overall record ... he led the team with 28 wins, 13 pins and 15 bonus-point victories this season ... Thome's 13 pins rank tied for ninth on Army's single-season list ... his 28 career pins rank 10th on the Academy's all-time ledger ... Derek Stanley ends his final season at West Point with a 23-16 overall mark ... his 23 wins more than double his career total entering this season (11) ... Cole Gracey wraps up his freshman campaign with a 25-15 overall record.