Army Welcomes American & Boston University To West Point

Austin Wilding

Austin Wilding

Feb. 7, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After placing fourth at last weekend's All-Academy Championships, the Army wrestling team returns to its dual match schedule on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the Black Knights host EIWA rival American and non-conference foe Boston University at Gillis Field House.

The Army-American dual will begin at 5 p.m., while the Army-BU match is slated for 7 p.m. American and Boston University will also square off, with that contest set to get under way at 3 p.m.

Both of Army's matches will be video streamed live on Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com) via Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform.

Twitter updates will also be available throughout both contests via the official Twitter handle of Army wrestling (@Army_Wrestling). Be sure to follow @Army_Wrestling for bout-by-bout updates.

Senior Jordan Thome (133 pounds), junior Paul Hancock (165), junior Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and freshman Bryce Barnes (197) each finished runner-up in their respective weight classes to lead the Black Knights (5-6, 2-2 EIWA) at the All-Academy Championships last Saturday.

Hancock, who boasts an impressive 10-1 mark in dual matches, leads Army with 25 wins, eight major decisions and 12 bonus-point victories. Thome leads the Black Knights with eight pins and ranks third on the team with 19 victories. Barnes, who is in the midst of an outstanding plebe season, ranks second on the club with 20 wins, while listing among the team leaders with four pins and three major decisions.

American (5-5, 1-2 EIWA) upset 19th-ranked Binghamton, 26-14, last Saturday to halt its two-match losing streak. The Eagles will wrestle at Navy on Saturday evening before making the trek to West Point to face Army on Sunday night.

Boston University (7-5, 1-4 CAA) saw its modest two-match win streak snapped last weekend. The Terriers are coming off a 22-12 setback to Drexel on Feb. 1. BU has posted wins versus Sacred Heart, George Mason and Davidson this season.

Army and American have met just three times previously, and the Black Knights hold a slim 2-1 lead in the all-time series. American won the most recent meeting, taking a 26-6 decision from Army during the 2010-11 campaign.

Army and Boston University will be locking horns for the 11th time when the two programs meet this evening. The Black Knights own a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series after last year's 28-9 win in Boston.

Following Sunday's action, Army will have two weeks off to prepare to face Navy in the annual "star" match on Feb. 24. The service academy showdown will be held inside West Point's Christl Arena beginning at 4 p.m.

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