Army Nips Binghamton, 16-15

Collin Wittmeyer

Collin Wittmeyer

Nov. 24, 2012

TROY, N.Y. - Army and Binghamton split 10 bouts, but the Black Knights won on the third tie-breaker to sneak past the Bearcats, 16-15, and earn their first victory of the young season Saturday afternoon at the Northeast Duals.

Army (1-1) and Binghamton (0-3) both won five bouts by decision and the score was tied at 15-15 at the end of the match, but the Black Knights earned the win because they outscored the Bearcats, 37-36, in total match points.

Sophomore Hunter Wood gave the Black Knights an early 3-0 lead following his 8-2 victory over Mike Sardo in the 125-pound bout.

Army's advantage was short-lived, however, as Binghamton won the next three matches to move in front of the Black Knights, 9-3. Army freshman Brian Harvey began a run of four straight Black Knight wins by taking a 7-6 decision from Brian Conrad at 157 pounds.

Juniors Paul Hancock and Ryan Tompkins followed with victories of their own to supply Army with a 12-9 edge. Hancock knocked off Vincent Grella, 8-2, in the 165-pound bout and Tompkins earned a 5-3 verdict opposite Caleb Wallace at 174 pounds. Black Knight senior Collin Wittmeyer capped Army's run with a 2-0 blanking of Cody Reed in the 184-pound contest.

Binghamton rallied to win the final two weights, forging a 15-15 tie. With both teams winning five bouts, and neither team producing a fall or technical fall victory, the third tie-breaker had to be used, and Army came out on top thanks to its one-point edge in total match points.

Army will wrap up competition at the Northeast Duals at 3:30 p.m., when the Black Knights face EIWA rival Rutgers.

Match Notes: Army improves to 6-2 all-time versus Binghamton ... Paul Hancock is the only Army wrestler to post wins in both duals today.

Army 16, Binghamton 15
125: Hunter Wood (A) dec. Mike Sardo, 8-2
133: Derek Steeley (B) dec. Jordan Thome, 7-2
141: Joe Bonaldi (B) dec. Connor Hanafee, 3-1 (sv)
149: #4 Donnie Vinson (B) dec. #20 Daniel Young, 1-0
157: Brian Harvey (A) dec. Brian Conrad, 7-6
165: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Vincent Grella, 8-2
174: Ryan Tompkins (A) dec. Caleb Wallace, 5-3
184: Collin Wittmeyer (A) dec. Cody Reed, 2-0
197: #7 Nate Schiedel (B) dec. Bryce Barnes, 9-4
285: Tyler Deuel (B) dec. Stephen Snyder, 3-0

Army wins on total match points, 37-36
Note: National rankings are from Intermat

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