Nov. 24, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. -
Sophomore Bryce Barnes (197 pounds) finished runner-up, while classmate Brian Harvey (174) placed third, as the Army wrestling team captured a fourth-place finish at the 45th annual New York State Championships on Sunday at Cornell's Newman Arena.
Nine Black Knights finished in the top six, helping Army collect 136.5 points and place near the top of the 20-team field. Cornell, which is tied for seventh in the Intermat national poll, racked up 207 points to win the event, while Hofstra (157) and Binghamton (139) were second and third, respectively.
Barnes began his run in 197-pound bracket by pinning Jamestown Community College's Emanaul Zamora before winning a 12-9 tiebreaker against Tyler Russell from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Barnes got past Buffalo's Angelo Malvestudo, 3-1, to reach the 197 final, but slipped in the championship match to 13th-ranked Jace Bennett from Cornell, 5-2.
After falling 4-2 in his opening match, Harvey strung together six straight victories, including a pin versus SUNY Sullivan's Patrick Sause during his third bout. Following wins over Hofstra's Frank Affronti (4-0) and Cornell's Owen Scott (medical forfeit), Harvey defeated senior teammate Alex Smith on a medical forfeit in the third-place match.
Alex Smith (174) and classmate Paul Hancock (157) each placed fourth, and junior Cole Gracey (165) and freshman Mark Marchetti (141) took fifth in their respective weight classes.
Hancock registered a pair of bonus-point wins on his path to a fourth-place showing in the 157-pound bracket, with the first coming as an opening-round pin opposite Hunter College's Nicholas Wilke. Hancock rebounded from a 12-9 defeat in his second bout by taking a 15-5 major decision over Brendan Dent from SUNY Cortland. The senior collected two more wins before falling to Columbia's Markus Scheidel in the third-place match.
Alex Smith dropped his first match in the 174-pound bracket, but rallied for five consecutive bonus-point wins. The Plaistow, N.H., native pinned Hunter College's RJ Paquette before recording major decisions of 12-1 and 8-0 in his next two bouts, respectively. The senior pinned Victor Pozsonyi from Hofstra, and took a major decision over SUNY Brockport's Roy Daniels before eventually bowing out to Harvey.
Gracey strung together four wins in a row, including three bonus-points triumphs, after dropping his opening match at 165 pounds. Gracey took back-to-back technical falls (16-0, 17-0) versus NYU's John Fitzsimmons and Alfred State's Codie Nichols, respectively, before earning a 6-2 decision against SUNY Oneonta's Shaun Gillen. The junior handled SUNY Cortland's Joseph Cataldo (MD 13-0), but dropped a 5-1 decision in his next match. Gracey ultimately won by medical forfeit against Army teammate Chandler Smith to place fifth.
After slipping in his first match at 141, Marchetti won three straight bouts, including a pin versus Noah Phillips of SUNY Oswego in his opening consolation tilt. Marchetti was 2-1 in his next three matches, but won by medical forfeit over SUNY Cortand's Brian Bistis in the fifth-place bout.
Juniors Chandler Smith (165) and Stephen Snyder (285), and freshman Logan Everett (133) all turned in sixth-place showings for the Black Knights.
Chandler Smith fell to 12th-ranked Joseph Booth from Hofstra in the first round before picking up four wins in succession, including a 15-5 major decision over Alfred State's Josh Smith. The junior suffered an 8-6 sudden victory loss to Cornell's Dylan Palacio before falling to Gracey on a medical forfeit.
Snyder began his day by pinning Branden Jones from SUNY Oswego in just 38 seconds. He topped Ithaca's Chris Ramirez in his second bout in the 285-pound field before dropping his next three matches to settle for sixth.
Everett earned a 12-2 major decision against Nassau Community College's Santiago Valdez before winning his next two matches. The Tioga, Pa., native lost to 10th-ranked Mark Grey from Cornell in the 133 semifinals, and suffered setbacks in his next two bouts to finish sixth.
Army will take a week off before heading to the second annual Grapple at the Garden at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 1. The Black Knights will compete in dual matches against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rivals Hofstra (10 a.m.) and Princeton (noon).