Nine Black Knights Win As Army Tops F&M In Season Opener

Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock

Nov. 2, 2013

LANCASTER, Pa. - Junior Cole Gracey (165 pounds) pinned his opponent, and eight others won bouts as the Army wrestling team opened its season with a 34-4 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) victory over Franklin and Marshall on Saturday evening at the Mayser Center. With the victory, the Black Knights open 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Diplomats start 0-1 and 0-1.

Army seniors Paul Hancock (157) and Alex Smith (174) posted major decisions, while sophomore Bryce Barnes earned a technical fall in the 197 bout.

Army jumped out to a 6-0 lead after junior Hunter Wood topped freshman Jason Bing, 6-5, in the 125-pound match, and freshman Logan Everett bettered junior Robert Ruiz, 7-3 at 133 pounds to notch his first college victory. Junior Richard Durso, the seventh-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds in the Intermat national poll, grabbed an 11-1 major decision to bring Franklin and Marshall back to a 6-4 deficit before the visitors would take the final seven matches.

Army senior Ryan Bilyeu posted an 8-7 win at 149 pounds before Hancock took a 13-3 major decision in the 157-pound bout to extend the Black Knights’ lead to 13-4. Gracey made it 19-4 after pinning his opponent in 1:29, and Smith grabbed a 14-1 major decision to put the visitors in front by 19.

Sophomore Nathan Dow slipped by junior Paul Alessandrini, 7-5, in the 184-pound match to give Army the decision before Barnes’ 15-0 technical fall lifted the Black Knights to a 31-4 advantage. Freshman David Farr won his collegiate debut at 285 pounds, topping junior Alex Henry, 3-1.

The Black Knights are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 6, when they host Stevens Institute of Technology in their home opener at Gillis Fieldhouse. The non-conference match is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Match Notes: Army improves to 25-7-1 all-time versus Franklin and Marshall … freshman Logan Everett (133) and David Farr (285) each recorded their first college victories.

Army 34, Franklin & Marshall 4

125: Hunter Wood (A) dec. Jason Bing, 6-5
133: Logan Everett (A) dec. Robert Ruiz, 7-3
141: #7 Richard Durso (F) maj. dec. Tyler Rauenzahn, 11-1
149: Ryan Bilyeu (A) dec. Sharron Townsend, 8-7
157: Paul Hancock (A) maj. dec. Andrew Murano, 13-3
165: Cole Gracey (A) pinned Theodore King, 1:29
174: Alex Smith (A) maj. dec. Colin Lahiff, 14-1
184: Nathan Dow (A) dec. Paul Alessandrini, 7-5
197: Bryce Barnes (A) tech. fall Charles Kerkesner, 15-0 (7:00)
285: David Farr (A) dec. Alexander Henry, 3-1

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