Jan. 11, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
After competing in a pair of tournaments over the last month, the Army wrestling team will return to dual match-action when it competes at the Boston Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Boston University's Case Gym. The Black Knights will battle a trio of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) squads in the event, including Brown, Boston University and Harvard.
Army will begin the day with a match against Brown at 10 a.m. before the Black Knights take the mat opposite Boston University at 2 p.m. Army will conclude the day with a 4 p.m. match versus Harvard.
Army (2-2, 1-2 EIWA) is coming off a 33rd-place finish at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1 and 2, where junior Chandler Smith (165 pounds) and sophomore Austin Wilding (197) finished 2-2 and 1-2, respectively. Both wrestlers advanced to the second day of the tournament, but neither were able to secure wins in their respective brackets in day two action.
Smith leads the Black Knights with 22 wins, while classmate Cole Gracey (165) is second with 17 victories. Other Army wrestlers entering the weekend with double-digit wins are 174-pound sophomore Brian Harvey (16 wins), 184-pound senior Ryan Tompkins (15 wins), 157-pound senior Paul Hancock (14 wins) and 197-pound sophomore Bryce Barnes (10 wins).
Brown will compete in its first dual match of the year when it faces Army, while Boston University stands 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the league so far in 2013-14. The Terriers EIWA losses have come against Rutgers (16-15), Penn (25-9), Hofstra (35-6) and Navy (33-3). Harvard is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the EIWA after suffering a 24-15 setback at Rutgers on Jan. 5.
Next up for Army will be an away dual match against EIWA opponent American on Saturday, Jan. 18. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m.