Black Knights Await Grapple At The Garden

Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith

Nov. 29, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army wrestling team will take part in the second annual Grapple at the Garden at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 1. The Black Knights are set to compete in dual matches against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rivals Hofstra (10 a.m.) and Princeton (noon).

The event will feature 12 teams from around the country including, Cornell, which is ranked seventh in the Intermat national poll, No. 10 Illinois and T-#17 Maryland. Tickets are for sale through Madison Square Garden, and Twitter updates will be available via the official handle of Army wrestling (@Army_Wrestling).

Army stands 2-0 overall and 1-0 in EIWA matches so far this season. Hofstra is 2-4 and 0-1, while Princeton will compete in its first dual match of the year on Sunday.

Sophomore Bryce Barnes (197 pounds) went 3-1 to finish second at last Sunday's New York State Championships in Ithaca, N.Y., leading a group of nine Black Knight placewinners. Classmate Brian Harvey (174) took third in the tournament, as Army placed fourth out of 20 teams.

Harvey, senior Paul Hancock (157) and junior Chandler Smith (165) each have nine wins to lead the Black Knights, while junior Cole Gracey (165) and freshman Logan Everett (133) have eight. Senior Alex Smith (174) has seven victories and is tied for the team lead in bonus-point wins (6).

Jahlani Callender (149) and Joe Booth (165), Intermat's 11th-ranked wrestler at his weight class, have 12 and 10 wins, respectively, for Hofstra, while No. 10 Luke Vaith (141) has nine.

Princeton brings in No. 18 Adam Krop (141), who was joined by Garrett Frey (125) and Abe Ayala (165) as a finalist at last Saturday's Navy Invitational.

Army is 6-11-1 all-time versus Hofstra, and dropped a 27-6 decision to the Pride when the sides last met in the 2011-12 season. The Black Knights are 22-13-0 in their series with Princeton, and will battle the Tigers for the first time since winning, 43-9, in 1993-94.

Army will close the book on the 2013 portion of its schedule when it returns to tournament action at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, Dec. 6.

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