Army Places Fourth At Oklahoma-Gold Classic

Jordan Thome

Jordan Thome

Nov. 12, 2011

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BROCKPORT, N.Y. - Junior Jordan Thome placed runner-up at 133 pounds to lead the Army wrestling team to a fourth-place finish at the 13th annual Oklahoma-Gold Classic on Saturday at Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium on the campus of SUNY Brockport.

Army racked up 125.5 points to place within the top half of the eight-team field. Oklahoma won the event for the 13th straight season, piling up 182 markers to edge runner-up Maryland (174.5 points). Rutgers rounded out the top three, placing third with 163 points.

Clarion (91 points), American (65), Brockport (36.5) and Buffalo (12) finished fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Senior Jimmy Rafferty (157 pounds) and juniors Daniel Young (149) and Collin Wittmeyer (174) each authored third-place showings to help bolster the Black Knights, who produced a total of 13 placewinners.

Thome got off to a fast start in the 133-pound bracket, pinning opponents from Brockport and Maryland in his first two bouts to reach the semifinals. Thome then knocked off Rutgers' Danny White, 6-0, to reach the title bout, where he dropped a 9-0 major decision to Oklahoma's Jordan Keller.

Like Thome, Rafferty posted an impressive 3-1 record in today's tournament. Rafferty won his first match in the 157-pound bracket before falling into the consolation draw. Once there, he slipped past Rutgers' Anthony Volpe (3-1) and Clarion's Mark Havers (3-2) to earn a third-place ribbon.

Young forged a 5-1 mark with a pair of major decisions on his way to a third-place finish at 149 pounds. Young split his first two bouts before reeling off four straight wins. Included in his run to the third-place bout were major decision triumphs versus Maryland's Danny Orem (14-0) and American's Kevin Tao (11-3). Then, in the consolation final, Young blanked Maryland's Ben Dorsey, 4-0.

Wittmeyer, meanwhile, wrestled his way to a 4-1 record in the 174-pound bracket. The third-year performer began the day by pinning opponents from Brockport and Oklahoma to reach the semifinals. Then, after falling into the consolation draw, Wittmeyer posted wins over Army sophomore Ryan Tompkins (5-0) and Rutgers' Brendan Ard (6-2) to claim the bronze.

Tompkins, who went 4-2 with a pin and a major decision, gave the Black Knights a pair of placewinners at 174 pounds by placing fifth.

Sophomore David White compiled a 5-2 mark with a technical fall to take fifth in the 125-pound draw. He edged Black Knight freshman Scott Filbert, 3-2, in the fifth-place bout. Filbert went 4-2 with a pin and a technical fall to take sixth in his first career action.

Sophomore Wil Brown got past Black Knight senior Derek Stanley, 9-4, to place fifth at 184 pounds. Brown authored a 3-2 mark with a pin, while Stanley finished with a 2-3 record to take sixth.

Senior Orion Ross moved up to 197 pounds and turned in a fifth-place showing after putting together a 3-2 record with a pin and a major decision.

Junior Connor Hanafee (141 pounds) and sophomore Alex Smith (165) both posted 3-3 marks to place sixth in their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Paul Hancock rounded out Army's list of placewinners, going 2-3 en route to a sixth-place showing at 157 pounds.

Army returns to its tournament slate on Saturday, Nov. 19, when the Black Knights travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to take part in the Body Bar Invitational.

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