Nine Black Knights Place At New York States

Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock

Nov. 17, 2012

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ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior Daniel Young finished runner-up at 149 pounds and junior Paul Hancock placed second at 165 pounds to help the Army wrestling team finish fifth at the 44th annual New York State Championships on Saturday.

A total of nine Army wrestlers placed within the top eight to help the Black Knights rack up 125.5 points and finish near the top of the 19-team field. Cornell piled up 183.5 points to win the event, while Columbia (152.5 points) finished second. Hofstra (135.5), Buffalo (130.5) and Army rounded out the top five.

Young, seeded second in the 149-pound draw, cruised into the championship bout with three dominant victories. The fourth-year performer began the day by pinning Oswego's Dustin Jones in 2 minutes, 12 seconds. He then ripped off consecutive technical fall victories versus Brockport's Daniel Palmerino (20-2) and RIT's Brad Mayville (20-4) to reach the finals. Young's run through the 149-pound bracket came to a halt in the championship match, however, when he dropped a 5-2 decision to top-seeded Steve Santos of Columbia.

Hancock was unseeded in the 165-pound bracket, but that didn't stop him from making an impressive run to the championship bout. The third-year grappler began the day by pinning Alfred State's Josh Lord in 3:40. He then registered wins by decision against Hofstra's Nick Terdick (11-5) and Columbia's Josh Houldsworth (9-2), before dropping a 12-6 decision to Buffalo's top-seeded Mark Lewandowski in the title match.

Senior Collin Wittmeyer earned the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds, but the senior had to settle for a third-place finish after being upset in the semifinals. Wittmeyer opened the event by pinning Ithaca's Kyle McKeigham in 2:56. He then eased past Columbia's Drew Rebling (7-2), but was upended by Cortland's Tyler Beckwith, 3-2, in the semifinals and fell into the consolation draw. Wittmeyer rebounded nicely, though, taking major decisions from Buffalo's Anthony Lock (15-3) and Binghamton's Cody Reed (11-2) en route to his third-place finish.

Senior Connor Hanafee (141 pounds) and junior Ryan Tompkins (174) both placed fifth in their respective weight classes. Hanafee began the day by upsetting top-seeded Joseph Stanzione of Cornell, 2-1. He then knocked off Oneonta State's Jacob Goddeau, 9-2, before losing in the semifinals. Hanafee split a pair of matches in the consolation draw to finish fifth. Tompkins, meanwhile, went 4-2 with three pins en route to a fifth-place finish at 174 pounds.

Sophomore Hunter Wood (125), sophomore Stephen Snyder (285) and freshman Bryce Barnes (197) each turned in a sixth-place showing.

Wood dropped his first match of the tournament, but then reeled off three consecutive victories before losing again in the consolation semifinals. The second-year performer then lost to Buffalo's Max Soria, 16-1, in the fifth-place bout.

Barnes started strong at 197 pounds, pinning Ithaca's Richard Dracup in 44 seconds in his first bout of the tourney. He then dropped into the consolation bracket and picked up three more wins en route to his fifth-place finish.

Snyder upset third-seeded Tyler Deuel of Binghamton (7-5) and knocked off sixth-seeded Kyle Sheridan of Oswego (3-1) to reach the semifinals, where he dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to second-seeded Justin Heiserman of Buffalo. Snyder then lost a rematch versus Deuel and suffered a 5-1 setback to Brockport's Josh Wilkinson in the fifth-place bout.

Senior Patrick Marchetti rounded out Army's list of placewinners as the fourth-year wrestler posted a 4-2 mark with two technical falls en route to a seventh-place showing at 157 pounds. He opened the tournament with back-to-back wins to reach the quarterfinals, before dropping into the consolation draw. Marchetti then recorded an 18-2 technical call triumph opposite Hofstra's Jay Lysne, but split his final two matches and settled for seventh place.

Army will open the dual match portion of its schedule on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Black Knights travel to Troy, N.Y., to compete at the Northeast Duals. Army is scheduled to face Binghamton, Purdue and Rutgers at the event.

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