Army Travels To Franklin And Marshall For Season Opener

Bryce Barnes

Bryce Barnes

Nov. 1, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team will kick off its 2013-14 campaign with a dual match at Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rival Franklin and Marshall on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. The match will be held at the Mayser Center in Lancaster, Pa.

A live video stream of the match will be available via Franklin and Marshall's website (GoDiplomats.com/live).

Seven upperclassmen are listed in Army's projected lineup for Saturday's match, including senior Paul Hancock (157), who led the team with 32 overall wins and 13 dual-match victories a season ago, and was one of four Black Knights to qualify for the NCAAs.

Senior co-captains Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and Ryan Tompkins (184) each posted 14 wins last year, while classmates Ryan Bilyeu (149) and Alex Smith (174) will look to compete for the first time in over a year after each missing last season due to injury.

Juniors Cole Gracey (165) and Hunter Wood (125) totaled 17 and 13 overall decisions, respectively, last season, while sophomore Bryce Barnes, who is set to compete at 197 pounds, qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships. Logan Everett (133) and Trevor Smith (285) round out Army's projected starters, as the Black Knights begin the season with freshmen in the opening day lineup for the third year in a row.

Franklin and Marshall's projected lineup features junior Richard Durso (141), who is ranked seventh in the InterMat Wrestling's national poll. Durso went 39-5 last season while reaching the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships. Senior Andrew Murano (157) and junior Robert Ruiz (133) each won 20-plus matches last year, collecting 25 wins and 23 wins, respectively.

Following Saturday's meet, the Black Knights will open their home slate against Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at West Point's Gillis Field House. The non-conference match is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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