Army goes 2-0 in Philadelphia, tops Penn, Drexel

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Seniors Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and Tyler Rauenzahn (141) and sophomores Bryce Barnes (197) and Brian Harvey (174) all finished 2-0 on Sunday to help the Army wrestling team pick up Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) victories over Penn and Drexel. The Black Knights earned a 21-13 win over the Quakers in an afternoon match at The Palestra before taking down the Dragons, 20-19, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Army improves to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the EIWA after extending its winning streak to four matches. Penn drops to 4-4 and 3-2 after the setback, while the Dragons fall to 4-13 and 0-4.

The Black Knights got out to a 12-0 lead against Penn, after junior Hunter Wood (125) won by forfeit before freshman Logan Everett (133) and Rauenzahn each collected decisions in their respective bouts. Freshman Mark Marchetti fell to Penn's Andrew Lenzi, 3-1, at 149, while Hancock picked up a 9-3 win over Ray Bethea in the 157-pound match to put the Black Knights up, 15-3. Junior Chandler Smith (165) suffered his first dual-match loss of the year after falling 4-0 to Casey Kent, who ranks 17th at 165 pounds in Intermat's national poll. Following Harvey's 6-2 win over Brad Wukie at 174, the Quakers claimed a major decision in the 184 bout to make the score 18-10 and remain in contention for the win.

Army clinched the match following the 197 pound bout, thanks to Barnes' 9-4 decision over Frank Mattiace. Penn took a victory in the heavyweight bout to make the final tally 21-13.

Army fell into a 10-0 hole against Drexel after the Dragons won by forfeit at 125 and took a major decision in the 133 pound bout. Rauenzahn prevailed over Drexel's David Pearce to cut the visitors' deficit to seven, but the Dragons responded with a decision of their own in the 149 pound match to go back up by 10. Hancock bettered Austin Sommer at 157 before Smith and Harvey each posted major decisions to give the Black Knights a 14-13 advantage with three matches remaining. Senior Ryan Tompkins (184) kept Army's momentum rolling with a 6-2 victory over Alex DeCiantis, and Barnes won a 4-0 decision in a crucial 197 pound match to give the visitors an insurmountable 20-13 lead. No. 9 Brandon Palik recorded a fall in the 285 match, but the six points were only enough to cut Drexel's deficit to one.

Next weekend, the Black Knights travel to New London, Conn., to compete in the All-Academy Championships on the campus of the Coast Guard Academy. The tournament will be held on Feb. 1.

MATCH NOTES: Army improves to 14-10-1 all-time against Penn ... Army moves to 9-5 in its all-time series versus Drexel ... Chandler Smith increased his team-leading win total to 26 (26-9) and moved into first on the team with six major decisions ... Brian Harvey went 2-0 on Sunday to join a group of three Black Knights with more than 20 wins (Chandler Smith, 26; Brian Harvey, 22; Cole Gracey, 21)

Army 21, Penn 13
125: Hunter Wood (A) by forfeit
133: Logan Everett (A) dec. Ken Bade, 9-7
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) dec. Jeff Canfora, 5-3 (sv)
147: Andrew Lenzi (P) dec. Mark Marchetti, 3-1
157: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Ray Bethea, 9-3
165: #19 Casey Kent (P) dec. Chandler Smith, 4-0
174: Brian Harvey (A) dec. Brad Wukie, 6-2
184: #12 Lorenzo Thomas (P) maj. dec. Ryan Tompkins, 12-2
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Frank Mattiace, 9-4
285: Steve Graziano (P) dec. Trevor Smith, 5-3 (sv)

Army 20, Drexel 19
125: Tanner Shoap (D) def. Hunter Wood by forfeit
133: Kevin Devoy Jr. (D) maj. dec. Logan Everett, 9-1
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (A) dec. David Pearce, 6-2
149: Matthew Cimato (D) dec. Mark Marchetti, 4-0
157: Paul Hancock (A) dec. Austin Sommer, 8-5
165: Chandler Smith (A) maj. dec. Jason Fugiel, 11-3
174: Brian Harvey (A) maj. dec. Kevin Matyas, 11-1
184: Ryan Tompkins (A) dec. Alex DeCiantis, 6-2
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Bryan Sternlieb, 4-0
285: #9 Brandon Palik (D) pinned Trevor Smith, 1:20


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