Army Hosts Brown, Harvard This Sunday

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Jan. 24, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team begins a long stretch of home competitions on Sunday, Jan. 27, when the Black Knights host EIWA rivals Brown and Harvard at Gillis Field House. The Black Knights will face the Bears at 1 p.m. and the Crimson at 3 p.m.

Both matches will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, Army's burgeoning subscription-based multimedia platform. To access the broadcasts, log on to the Black Knights' official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). Rich DeMarco and Army director of wrestling operations Paul Merritt will call the action.

Twitter updates will also be available throughout the day via the official Twitter handle of Army wrestling (@Army_Wrestling). Be sure to follow @Army_Wrestling for the most up-to-date information on the Black Knights' program.

Army (4-5, 1-1 EIWA) enters Sunday's action fresh off an 18-12 road setback to non-conference foe Rider on Wednesday evening. Senior Jordan Thome, junior John Belanger, sophomore Hunter Wood and freshman Bryce Barnes each posted a win by decision, but it was not enough as the Broncs won the six remaining bouts.

Junior 165-pounder Paul Hancock leads the Black Knights with a 21-8 overall record. The third-year grappler, who is tied for the team lead with eight bonus-point victories, also shows an impressive 8-1 mark in dual matches.

Freshman 197-pounder Bryce Barnes ranks second on the squad with 17 victories and seven bonus-point wins. Senior 184-pounder Collin Wittmeyer, who lists third on the team with 16 wins, leads Army with six major decisions.

Brown (6-4, 1-2 EIWA) suffered a 31-12 setback to Rutgers last Sunday. The Bears have lost three out of their last four matches after winning three straight.

Harvard (2-4, 0-3 EIWA) has lost two straight matches and four of its last five contests. The Crimson was defeated twice this past weekend, losing home matches to Cornell (24-15) and Rutgers (26-9) last Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Harvard is led by senior 125-pounder Walter Peppelman, who is ranked eighth nationally by Intermat. He picked up his 100th career win last weekend versus Rutgers. Senior 141-pounder Steven Keith is ranked 13th this week by Intermat.

Army and Brown have met 24 times previously, and the Black Knights hold a 17-5-2 lead in the all-time series. Army and Harvard have squared off 34 times, with the Black Knights showing a 23-11 edge in the all-time series. Army defeated Brown and Harvard on the road last season.

Following Sunday's action, Army will host the 19th annual All-Academy Championships on Saturday, Feb. 2. The eight-team event will be contested inside Gillis Field House beginning at 10 a.m.

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