Nov. 21, 2011
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Rob Tadazak Interview
Jordan Thome Interview
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After authoring spectacular individual performances over the weekend, Army freshman hockey goaltender Rob Tadazak and Black Knight junior wrestler Jordan Thome were tabbed Army Athletic Association co-Athletes of the Week on Monday.
Tadazak recorded a career-best 53 saves to help Army to a 1-1 overtime tie against ECAC Hockey rival Brown on Saturday night at Tate Rink. Making his third career start, Tadazak became the first Army goalie to record 50 saves since Jay Clark turned away 56 against No. 2 Miami on Jan. 3, 2009.
Tadazak made 15 saves in the first period, 18 in the second, 16 in the third and five in overtime to move his career record to 0-2-1. Tadazak allowed a second-period goal and then helped Army kill off all eight Brown power play opportunities.
Thome, meanwhile, went 4-0 en route to his first tournament title of the season at the Body Bar Invitational on Saturday. A week after placing runner-up at the Oklahoma-Gold Classic, Thome bested the competition in the 133-pound bracket to take home the crown.
The top-seeded wrestler in the 133-pound draw, Thome began his run to the championship by posting a 12-0 major decision versus Buffalo's Justin Farmer. The Troy, Ohio, native then blanked Binghamton's Patrick Hunter, 7-0, to reach the semifinals. Thome outlasted Virginia's Matt Nelson, 5-4, to make it to the championship bout, where he slipped past Minnesota's Chris Dardanes, 9-8, to capture the title.
Thome, who is ranked 19th nationally at 133 pounds according to the latest InterMat rankings, leads Army with a 9-2 overall record, three pins and four bonus-point victories this season.
Tadazak and the Army hockey team returns to action this weekend (Nov. 25-26) when the Black Knights travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a two-game series versus Atlantic Hockey Association rival Robert Morris.
Thome and the Black Knight wrestling squad is back on the mats on Saturday, Nov. 26, to compete at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. Army is slated to face Arizona State, Binghamton and Sacred Heart at the event.