Fourteen Black Knights Place At Oklahoma-Gold Classic

Daniel Young

Daniel Young

Nov. 10, 2012

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. - Daniel Young (149 pounds), Collin Wittmeyer (184) and Bryce Barnes (197) each finished runner-up and 11 other Black Knights placed within the top six as the Army wrestling team turned in a third-place showing at the Oklahoma-Gold Classic on Saturday.

The Black Knights racked up 110 points to finish within the top half of the six-team field. Oklahoma won the tournament with 155.5 points. Maryland placed runner-up with 127.5 points, followed by Army, American (102), Buffalo (90.5) and Brockport (22.5).

Young began his run through the 149-pound draw by pinning Brockport's Xavier Thomas (0:37) and blanking Buffalo's Blake Roulo (7-0). The senior grappler reached the title bout by pinning American's Kevin Tao in 4:20, but his championship quest ended with a 5-2 setback to Oklahoma's Nick Lester.

Wittmeyer, who finished third at last week's Buffalo Invitational, performed even better this week. The senior wrestler, who was seeded second at 184 pounds, pounded Maryland's Tony Gardner (MD, 10-0) in his opening round match. He then defeated American's Tom Barreiro (8-2), before dropping a 15-6 major decision to Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock in the championship bout.

Barnes, wrestling in just his second collegiate tournament, finished with an impressive 2-1 mark in the 197-pound draw. The freshman started strong, collecting an 11-3 major decision versus Buffalo's Zach Ward. He then slipped past Oklahoma's Brad Johnson (10-7), before dropping a hard-fought 11-9 verdict to Maryland's Christian Boley in the finals.

Jordan Thome (133 pounds) and Tyler Rauenzahn (141) both authored third-place finishes in their respective weight classes.

Thome, who went 3-1 on the day, took a 3-0 decision from American's Esteban Gomez-Rivera in the consolation final.

Rauenzahn also posted a 3-1 mark and knocked off teammate Connor Hanafee in the third-place bout. Hanafee, who registered a 2-2 mark in his first action of the season, settled for fourth place at 141 pounds.

Jared Ross (165 pounds), Ryan Tompkins (174) and Stephen Snyder (285) also turned in fourth-place finishes for the Black Knights.

Ross won two of his first three bouts on the day, but was pinned in the consolation final and finished with a 2-2 record. Tompkins began the tournament with a pin and also picked up a win by decision in the consolation draw before falling by major decision in the third-place bout. Snyder, meanwhile, ripped off three straight victories in the consolation bracket before suffering a 4-0 setback to Buffalo's Justin Heiserman in the third-place match.

Patrick Marchetti (157 pounds) and Robert Doyle (197) both recorded fifth-place finishes, while Javier Rodriguez (149), Brian Harvey (157) and Matt Pennings (174) each placed sixth in their respective weight classes.

Marchetti began the day with a 9-2 victory over Maryland's Brady Massaro and an 18-1 technical fall win opposite American's Zach Brown. He then suffered back-to-back losses before defeating Harvey (4-2) in the fifth-place bout.

Doyle went 2-2 and knocked off Maryland's Matthew Snook (2-1) to take fifth. Rodriguez won his first two bouts, before suffering three straight setbacks. Pennings, meanwhile, went 1-3 with a pin in placing sixth at 174 pounds.

Army resumes its tournament slate next Saturday, Nov. 17, when the Black Knights travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete at the New York State Championships.

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