Army Prepares For Pair Of Dual Matches In Philadelphia

Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock

Jan. 25, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team will look to extend its two-match winning streak when it faces Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foes Penn and Drexel on Sunday, Jan. 26. The Black Knights will meet the Quakers at 1 p.m. at The Palestra before doing battle with the Dragons at 7 p.m. at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Army (5-3, 4-3 EIWA) came away with a 26-10 victory at American on Jan. 18, which marked its second-straight win after topping Harvard, 25-13, in the Boston Duals on Jan. 12. Seven Black Knights collected were triumphant last weekend, including seniors Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and junior Chandler Smith (165), who all earned bonus-point wins opposite the Eagles. Sophomore Bryce Barnes (197) gave Army its third-consecutive victory to open the match after he bested Daniel Mitchell, who entered the match ranked ninth nationally by Intermat.

Smith leads Army with 25 wins on the year, including a 4-0 mark in dual matches. Among the Black Knights' other top contributors are junior Cole Gracey (165) and sophomore Brian Harvey (174), who have 21 and 20 wins, respectively.

Penn (4-3, 3-1) is coming off a 24-13 win at Bucknell on Jan. 19, during which it picked up victories in six of the 10 bouts. The Quakers' pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers each notched major decisions against the Bison, as No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas (184) posted a 16-2 major decision, and No. 17 Casey Kent (165) knocked off his opponent, 9-1.

Drexel (4-12, 0-3) enters the weekend on a two-match losing streak, most recently falling at Hofstra, 29-9, on Jan. 24. Austin Sommer (157) and Brandon Palik (197) each picked up wins in the match, with Palik pinning his counterpart.

Army is 13-10-1 all-time against Penn, but the Quakers topped the Black Knights, 25-9, during their last meeting in 2007-08. Army holds an 8-5 advantage in its series with Drexel, with the Black Knights picking up a 22-15 victory last season.

Army will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 to compete in the All-Academy Championships in New London, Conn.

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