March 1, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team returns to action this weekend (March 3-4) when the Black Knights travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete at the 108th EIWA Championships. The prestigious tournament will be contested inside Jadwin Gym on the campus of Princeton University.
The event will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m., while Sunday's action is slated to get under way at 10 a.m. Sunday's championship finals are tentatively set for 3 p.m.
Advanced tickets for the EIWA Championships are available for purchase via the Princeton University box office. Tickets may be purchased online or over the phone. Click HERE for more information.
Fans that are unable to make the trip to Princeton this weekend can watch the entire event online via GoPrincetonTigers.TV. The subscription-based service can be purchased for $9.95 (one-mont plan). The results for each match in the tournament will be tweeted on the EIWA Championships' official Twitter handle (@2012EIWAChamps).
Army (8-6, 5-2 EIWA) has been idle since dropping a 27-9 decision at conference rival Navy on Feb. 17.
The Black Knights will be looking to improve on last season's ninth-place showing at the EIWA Championships. Army won its only conference title in 1987.
Senior co-captain Jimmy Rafferty (23-14) and junior Jordan Thomeenter the weekend tied for the team lead with 23 wins apiece. Thome, who is 23-9 overall, also tops the team with 11 pins and 12 bonus-point victories.
Freshman Cole Gracey, who has won 13 of his last 14 bouts, reached the 20-win plateau after pinning Navy's Mason Bailey the last time out. Gracey (20-12) also lists second on the team with seven pins and 10 bonus-point victories.
Seniors Michael Gorman (184 pounds) and Derek Stanley (197) are tied with freshman Scott Filbert(125) for fourth on the squad with 18 wins apiece.
Gorman (18-15) has won nine of his last 13 bouts and is tied with Gracey for the team lead in major decisions (three).
Stanley, who has recorded three pins on the year, has won 12 of his last 15 matches to improve to 18-12 overall.
Filbert (18-17) ranks third on the team with six pins and eight bonus-point wins.
Cornell will be gunning for its sixth straight EIWA title this weekend. The Big Red will be joined at the championships by American, Army, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Lehigh, Navy, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers and Sacred Heart.
Army will be hoping to qualify as many wrestlers as possible for the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.