Army Hosts Navy Sunday At Christl Arena

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Head Coach Joe Heskett

Feb. 21, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team will close out its home schedule on Sunday, Feb. 24, when the Black Knights host Navy in the annual Star Match. The service academy showdown will be contested inside Christl Arena at 4 p.m.

The contest will be video streamed live on Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com) via Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform. Seth Cantor (play by play) and Paul Merritt (color analysis) will call the action.

Twitter updates will also be available throughout the match via the official Twitter handle of Army wrestling (@Army_Wrestling). Fans are encouraged to follow @Army_Wrestling for bout-by-bout updates.

It will be Senior Day for the Black Knights, and the 10 senior members of the Army wrestling program will be honored in a special ceremony prior to the opening bout.

Army (7-6, 3-2 EIWA) has been idle since sweeping EIWA rival American (34-8) and non-conference foe Boston University (22-18) on Feb. 10. Five Black Knights delivered bonus points in the win over the Eagles, while Army rallied from an early 12-0 deficit to slip past BU.

Junior 165-pounder Paul Hancock, who boasts a 12-1 mark in dual matches, leads Army with 27 wins, nine major decisions and 13 bonus-point victories. Senior 133-pounder Jordan Thome leads the Black Knights with nine pins and ranks third on the team with 20 victories.

Freshman Bryce Barnes, who was named Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11, ranks second on the club with 22 wins. Barnes also lists among the team leaders with five pins, three major decisions and 10 bonus-point victories.

Navy (5-1, 2-1 EIWA) has not wrestled since defeating EIWA rival American, 32-9, on Feb. 9. The Midshipmen have won four straight duals, defeating Maryland (22-18), North Carolina (27-6) and Rutgers (19-15) prior to knocking off AU.

The Mids boast four wrestlers with at least 25 wins on the season, led by senior 157-pounder Bobby Barnhisel, who shows a 27-5 overall record. Senior 184-pounder Mason Bailey (26-12), senior 197-pounder Oscar Huntley (25-8) and sophomore 165-pounder Peyton Walsh (25-8) have eclipsed the 25-win plateau as well.

Army and Navy have met 56 times previously, and the Midshipmen own a commanding 46-5-5 advantage in the all-time series. Navy has won the last 12 meetings, and boasts a 14-0-1 mark since Army's last series victory in 1997.

Following Sunday's dual match, the Army wrestling team will enjoy next weekend off before making the short trek to Piscataway, N.J., to compete at the 109th EIWA Championships (March 8-9).

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