Wrestlers Begin NCAA Quest Thursday

Paul Hancock

Paul Hancock

March 19, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Senior Paul Hancock and sophomores Bryce Barnes and Brian Harvey will begin their quest for All-America honors when the NCAA Championships get underway Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Hancock, Barnes and Harvey are among the 327 wrestlers who qualified for the national tournament.

Wrestling will begin at 11 a.m. Central Time on Thursday with pigtails and first-round competition and concludes with the championship finals at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

REPRESENTING ARMY
Barnes placed sixth at 197 pounds at the EIWA Championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. He went 2-3 at EIWAs, including an 8-6 win over top-seed Brandon Palik of Drexel.

Barnes enters the NCAA Tournament with a 20-14 mark that includes eight bonus point victories.

Barnes will face sixth-seeded Richard Perry of Bloomsburg in the opening round. Barnes is 31-1.

Hancock is also making his second trip to the NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large bid at 157 pounds. He finished seventh at the EIWA Championships.

Hancock is 27-12 this season. He posted a team-best 10 wins in dual matches and owns 12 bonus point wins, including eight major decisions.

Hancock will face Tristan Warner (19-11) of Old Dominion in the opening round.

Harvey is making his first trip to the NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large bid at 174 pounds. He placed second on the team with 28 wins and collected six bonus point victories.

Harvey finished fifth at the EIWA Championships. He will compete against Joe Latham (27-14) of Oregon State in a pigtail match.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All times are Eastern
Thursday, March 20
12 p.m.: Session I, pigtails and first-round matches
7 p.m.: Session II, first-round wrestlebacks, second round and consolation round

Friday, March 21
11 a.m.: Session III, quarterfinals and second and third round wrestlebacks
8 p.m.: Session IV, semifinals and fourth and fifth round wrestlebacks

Saturday, March 22
11 a.m.: Session V, wrestleback semifinals, third, fifth and seventh place matches
8 p.m.: Session VI, championship finals

FOLLOW ALONG
ESPNU will provide coverage of Sessions I, II, III and V. Sessions IV and VI will be shown on ESPN.

In addition, ESPN3 will offer streaming of the entire tournament.

In addition, Twitter updates will be provided at @Army_Wrestling.

LAST YEAR
Army qualified four wrestlers for the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, including Barnes and Hancock.

Hancock and Barnes both dropped their opening matches.

ALL-AMERICAN
The top eight finishers at each weight class earn All-America honors. Army's last All-American was Matt Kyler, who played sixth at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Army has had 15 wrestlers collect All-American status.

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