LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Junior Paul Hancock posted a major decision at 165 pounds, and seven other Black Knights registered wins as the Army wrestling team overcame an early 6-0 deficit to defeat Bucknell, 28-9, in an EIWA dual match Saturday afternoon at historic Davis Gym.
Bucknell (4-8, 1-1 EIWA) took a quick 6-0 advantage as Austin Miller pinned Army junior Nathan Santhanam in the 125-pound bout, but the Black Knights (4-4, 1-1 EIWA) responded by winning the next eight matches to assume a commanding 28-6 advantage.
Army senior Jordan Thome began the Black Knights string of consecutive wins by posting a 8-5 victory opposite Paul Petrov in the 133-pound matchup. Junior Tyler Rauenzahn then edged Derrik Russell, 3-2, at 141 pounds to pull Army even with Bucknell at 6-6.
Army junior John Belanger gave the Black Knights a 9-6 advantage after his 3-1 sudden victory decision opposite Adam Heatley in the 149-pound bout, and senior Patrick Marchetti followed with a 6-1 win versus Vincent Favia at 157 pounds.
Hancock dominated Ray Schlitt in the 165-pound bout en route to a 10-2 major decision verdict. The bonus-point win increased the Black Knights' lead to 16-6. Sophomore Cole Gracey continued Army's momentum by securing a win via injury default at 174 pounds to make it 22-6.
Freshman Travis Mallo clinched the match for Army in the 184-pound bout with his 6-5 decision opposite Robert Marchese that provided the Black Knights with an insurmountable 25-6 cushion. Fellow freshman Bryce Barnes followed with a 4-1 victory against Tyler Lyser at 197 pounds.
Bucknell's Joe Stolfi closed the match with a 3-0 win versus Army sophomore Stephen Snyder in the heavyweight bout.
Army returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when the Black Knights travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., to face Rider. The non-league dual match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Match Notes: Army moves to 10-2 all-time versus Bucknell ... Paul Hancock improves to 8-0 in dual matches this season ... Hancock boasts a team-best 21 wins this year (21-7).
125: Austin Miller (B) pinned Nathan Santhanam, 6:23
133: Jordan Thome (A) dec. Paul Petrov, 8-5
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) dec. Derrik Russell, 3-2
149: John Belanger (A) dec. Adam Heatley, 3-1 (sv1)
157: Patrick Marchetti (A) dec. Vincent Favia, 6-1
165: Paul Hancock (A) maj. dec. Ray Schlitt, 10-2
174: Cole Gracey (A) injury def. Stephen McPeek, 2:49
184: Travis Mallo (A) dec. Robert Marchese, 6-5
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Tyler Lyster, 4-1
285: Joe Stolfi (B) dec. Stephen Snyder, 3-0