Army West Point stays hot, beats WVU 28-10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- With temperatures in the mid-teens outside, the Army West Point wrestling team stayed hot with its fourth-straight dual win to the tune of 28-10 over West Virginia on Friday evening.

The Black Knights improved to 6-2 on the season, while West Virginia dropped to 4-13.

After falling behind 6-0 following the first two matches, a pin by rookie Corey Shie fired up the visiting squad and tied the dual. The Mountaineers picked up their only bonus point win of the night in the following match, but Army rattled off six-straight wins to earn their first non-conference win of the year.

125 lbs.: Devin Brown dec. over Ryan Hetrick, 11-5 (West Virginia leads, 3-0)
133 lbs.: #14 Matthew Schmitt dec. over Lane Peters, 5-4 (West Virginia leads, 6-0)
141 lbs.: #28 Corey Shie pinned Luke Martin at 4:13 (Tied, 6-6)
149 lbs.: #20 Christian Monserrat maj. dec. over Noah Hanau, 14-3 (West Virginia leads, 10-6)
157 lbs.: #22 Lucas Weiland maj. dec. over Hunter Jones, 11-1 (Tied, 10-10)
165 lbs.: Cael McCormick dec. over #18 Nick Kiussis, 2-1 (Army leads, 13-10)
174 lbs.: #19 Ben Harvey maj. dec. over Josh Ramirez, 12-2 (Army leads, 17-10)
184 lbs.: #22 Noah Stewart tech. fall over Jackson Moomau, 16-0 (Army leads, 22-10)
197 lbs.: #4 Rocco Caywood dec. over #32 Noah Adams, 8-7 (Army leads, 25-10)
285 lbs.: #27 Ben Sullivan dec. over #32 Brandon Ngati, 7-2 (Army leads, 28-10)

  • Army and West Virginia met on the mat for just the third time and first since the 1992-93 season.
  • The Black Knights took a 2-1 edge in the all-time series with the Mountaineers.
    Army extended its winning streak to four duals, its longest since a five-meet winning streak in 2016-17.
  • It was the first time the Cadets won three-straight road duals since that run in 2016-17.
  • Shie and Harvey documented their team-leading 22nd wins of the season.
  • Shie added his team-leading 14th bonus point win of the year.
  • The Fairfield, Ohio, native tied P.J. Ogunsanya for the team lead in pins with seven.
  • Shie and Weiland posted their fifth dual wins of the year.
  • Weiland became the fourth Army wrestler with at least 20 wins this season with a major decision tonight.
  • McCormick earned his first-career win over a ranked opponent against 18th-ranked Nick Kiussis.
  • Harvey notched his 65th career victory.
  • The New Palestine, Ind., native tied his personal-best for wins in a season from last year and set a new best in dual wins.
  • Harvey drew even with Bobby Heald for the team-lead in major decisions with his sixth of the year in his 10th bonus point win of 2018-19.
  • Stewart collected his 50th career win.
  • The Lewistown, Pa., native posted the 20th technical fall of his career.
  • Caywood remained perfect in duals, improving to 7-0.
  • He and Harvey are tied for the team lead in dual wins with seven.
  • The Toledo, Ohio, native set a new single-season personal best with his 21st win of the season.
  • Sullivan evened his record at 4-4 with his fourth-straight dual win.
  • The New Paris, Ohio, native garnered his first-career win over a ranked opponent.
  • Hetrick wrestled in his first-career dual meet.

    Head coach Kevin Ward -- "I thought we had some good performances tonight. It wasn't perfect by any means and not very pretty at times, but we had some guys who found a way to score at critical times and that's a good sign. Any win on the road is a good one, and to beat a tough Big 12 team on the road like that show the progress we've been making.
    We had a feeling that we might be in a tough position early on given the matchups. We're confident that our guys will always battle no matter what. Cael McCormick earned a good win tonight that should help him move into the rankings, and our upper weights founds ways to score and win."

    The Black Knights return home to wrestle Bucknell on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in Christl Arena.
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