Gold Beats Black, 20-14, In Annual Scrimmage

Connor Hanafee

Connor Hanafee

Oct. 29, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Hunter Wood and Connor Hanafeeboth registered major decision victories to help the Gold team secure a 20-14 victory over the Black squad in the team's annual preseason scrimmage last Friday at Arvin Gymnasium.

Jordan Thome, John Belanger, Jared Ross and Collin Wittmeyer each won by decision to help the Gold team take the measure of the Black unit. Paul Hancock and Bryce Barnes both posted major decisions to pace the Black team. Cole Gracey and Stephen Snyderalso secured wins for the Black squad.

The Gold team jumped out to a commanding 14-0 lead after four bouts and never looked back en route to the victory. Wood set the tone for the match when he took a 9-1 major decision from Nathan Santhanam at 125 pounds. Thome followed with a 6-0 triumph over Charlie Costanzo in the 133-pound bout. Hanafee then cruised past Shane Connolly (20-7) at 141 pounds and Belanger earned a 6-0 win over Javier Rodriguez at 149 pounds.

Hancock got the Black team on the scoreboard after recording an 11-3 major decision versus Brian Harvey in the 165-pound matchup. Ross got three of those points back in the 174-pound bout as Ross downed Derek Allen, 9-3.

The Black team won three of the final four bouts to close the gap. Gracey upended Ryan Tompkins (8-2) at 174 pounds, Barnes picked up an 18-4 major decision versus William Gray at 197 pounds and Stephen Snyder edged Curtis Garner(2-1) in the heavyweight bout.

Wittmeyer eased past Robert Doyle, 8-1, in the 184-pound matchup.

The Black Knights officially open their 2012-13 campaign on Sunday, Nov. 4, when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to compete at the Buffalo Invitational.

Gold 20, Black 14
125: Hunter Wood (G) maj. dec. Nathan Santhanam, 9-1
133: Jordan Thome (G) dec. Charlie Costanzo, 6-0
141: Connor Hanafee (G) maj. dec. Shane Connolly, 20-7
149: John Belanger (G) dec. Javier Rodriguez, 6-0
157: Paul Hancock (B) maj. dec. Brian Harvey, 11-3
165: Jared Ross (G) dec. Derek Allen, 9-3
174: Cole Gracey (B) dec. Ryan Tompkins, 8-2
184: Collin Wittmeyer (G) dec. Robert Doyle, 8-1
197: Bryce Barnes (B) maj. dec. William Gray, 18-4
285: Stephen Snyder (B) dec. Curtis Garner, 2-1

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