Army West Point builds up bonus points in win at Brown

Lucas Weiland (Photo/Gary Rissler)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Army West Point wrestling team sprinted out to a big lead en route to a 32-6 road victory against Brown on Thursday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The Black Knights improved to 4-2 on the season and 4-0 against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents, while the Bears dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Army leapt out to a 20-point lead through the first five matches thanks to a pair of technical falls from sophomore Lane Peters at 133 pounds and junior Lucas Weiland at 157 pounds. The Cadets won eight of the 10 matches, including six bonus point victories. Rookie Corey Shie (141 lbs.), junior Ben Harvey (174 lbs.), fourth-ranked senior Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and rookie Ben Sullivan (285 lbs.) all posted major decisions in the match.

125 lbs.: Trey Chalifoux dec. over Trey Keeley, 4-1 (Army leads, 3-0)
133 lbs.: Lane Peters tech. fall over Reese Fry, 16-0 (Army leads, 8-0)
141 lbs.: Corey Shie maj. dec. over Colin Realbuto, 14-2 (Army leads, 12-0)
149 lbs.: Noah Hanau dec. over Jack Bokina, 8-4 (Army leads, 15-0)
157 lbs.: Lucas Weiland tech. fall over Christian LaBrie, 18-0 (Army leads, 20-0)
165 lbs.: #18 Jon Viruet dec. over Cael McCormick, 5-4 (Army leads, 20-3)
174 lbs.: Ben Harvey maj. dec. over Cade Wilson, 11-2 (Army leads, 24-3)
184 lbs.: C.J. LaFragola dec. over C.J. Morgan, 5-2 (Army leads, 24-6)
197 lbs.: #4 Rocco Caywood maj. dec. over Tucker Ziegler, 11-1 (Army leads, 28-6)
285 lbs.: Ben Sullivan maj. dec. over James Valentino, 9-0 (Army leads, 32-6)

• Army wrestled against Brown for the first time since 2013-14.
• The Black Knights improved to 20-5-2 in the all-time series against Brown.
• Army has won its last 12 matches versus the Bears dating back to the 2003-04 season.
• Head Coach Kevin Ward notched his 20th-career victory at the helm of the Black Knights.
• Army jumped to 4-0 in EIWA duals, its best start in conference matches since 2006-07.
• The Black Knights scored their most points in a dual since a 34-3 victory over Hofstra on Jan. 21, 2017.
• Chalifoux earned the 50th victory of his career.
• It was the 15th career dual win for the Nashville, Tenn., native and his fifth of the season.
• Shie and Harvey contributed their team-leading 20th victories of the season.
• Shie added his team-leading 12th bonus point victory with a major decision.
• Harvey reached the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive year.
• Caywood moved to 5-0 in duals on the season.
• The Toledo, Ohio, native notched his 10th career technical fall.
• Peters documented his fifth career technical fall.
• The Uhrichsville, Ohio, native posted his third dual win of the year, matching his total from a season ago.
• Hanau improved to 3-0 in career dual matches and 2-0 this season.
• Weiland collected his fifth career dual win.
• The Barnhart, Mo., native set a new personal best with his third dual victory of the season.
• Sullivan earned his second-straight dual win.
• The New Paris, Ohio, native notched his fifth bonus point victory of the year with a major decision.

• Head coach Kevin Ward - "It's nice to have that kind of firepower at our lightweights. Trey has really been consistent with his performances, and we can always count on him to start us off with a lot of fight. Lane and Corey are competitors that never concede and wrestle in every position. Sometimes a little too much, but we love that about them.
• "Scoring bonus points like we did tonight is something we talk about all the time. When we have opportunities to open a gap in the score and take those bonus points, we need to be aggressive and chase those bonus points. They are huge for us. If we are constantly aggressive we are a very dangerous team. We can take some positives from this performance and know that we need to be tougher and better as the season goes on."

• The Black Knights remain on the road to face Penn at the Palestra on Sunday at 4 p.m.


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