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Army West Point picks up road wins over Illinois, UTC

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Army West Point wrestling team picked up two impressive dual wins Sunday, taking down Illinois 19-15 and following with a 18-12 victory over host Tennessee Chattanooga.

"Super proud of our guys," said head coach Kevin Ward. "To go on the road and face some adversity like we did and get two wins over two very quality teams is something to enjoy. Being able to do it with two of our nationally ranked starters out of the lineup shows the depth of our team. It's nice to get the wins, but I know we have a lot more we can do. We left a lot of points out there. We can perform much better than we did today. But no question, great team effort today and great wins."

Corey Shie (141 lbs.), Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.), and Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) all earned two wins respectively to pace the Black Knights (3-1).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the early contest, Army and Illinois split the match wins at five apiece.
  • Trey Chalifoux picked up his second dual win of the fall (7-2 DEC) to get the cadets on the board early.
  • After the Illini took the match at 133, Shie scored an impressive pin 42 seconds into the first period.
  • P.J. Ogunsanya scored his second dual win of the season with a dominant 11-2 majority decision over Mousa Jodeh.
  • At 157 lbs., Weiland picked up a big time win over No. 10 ranked (FloWrestling) Eric Barone to put Army ahead 16-3 in the match.
  • After Illinois took the match at 165, Ben Harvey scored his first win of the day, and third of the fall to push the Black Knights ahead 19-6.
  • The Illini would take the last three matches, but Army had secured enough team points to earn the victory.
  • In match No. 2 of the day, Army battled in a back-and-forth affair with the host Mocs.
  • Chattanooga picked up a win in the first match, followed by wins from Lane Peters (8-4 DEC) and Corey Shie (5-2 DEC) of Army.
  • Tanner Smith evened the team score at 6-6 with a close 2-0 win over P.J. Ogunsanya at 149 lbs.
  • The two teams would exchange wins over the next four classes to keep the overall score knotted at 12 heading into the final two bouts.
  • Alex Hopkins picked up his second dual win of the fall (8-2 DEC), followed by Bobby Heald's second win to seal the 18-12 team win.

    Army 19, Illinois 15
    125: Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point) over Justin Cardani (Illinois) (Dec 7-2)
    133: Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) over Lane Peters (Army West Point) (Dec 5-1)
    141: Corey Shie (Army West Point) over We Rachal (Illinois) (Fall 0:42)
    149: PJ Ogunsanya (Army West Point) over Mousa Jodeh (Illinois) (MD 11-2)
    157: Luke Weiland (Army West Point) over Eric Barone (Illinois) (Dec 8-3)
    165: Dan Braunagel (Illinois) over Mason Smith (Army West Point) (Dec 12-5)
    174: Ben Harvey (Army West Point) over Joseph Gunther (Illinois) (Dec 7-3)
    184: Zach Braunagel (Illinois) over Luke Hodsden (Army West Point) (Dec 6-2)
    197: Matt Wroblewski (Illinois) over Alex Hopkins (Army West Point) (SV-1 3-1)
    285: Luke Luffman (Illinois) over Robert Heald (Army West Point) (Dec 8-5)

    Army 18, Chattanooga 12
    125: Fabian Gutierrez (Chattanooga) over Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point) (Dec 3-1)
    133: Lane Peters (Army West Point) over Franco Valdes (Chattanooga) (Dec 8-4)
    141: Corey Shie (Army West Point) over Aidan Murphy (Chattanooga) (Dec 5-2)
    149: Tanner Smith (Chattanooga) over PJ Ogunsanya (Army West Point) (Dec 2-0)
    157: Luke Weiland (Army West Point) over George Carpenter (Chattanooga) (Dec 6-1)
    165: Andrew Nicholson (Chattanooga) over Mason Smith (Army West Point) (Dec 5-4)
    174: Ben Harvey (Army West Point) over Hunter Fortner (Chattanooga) (Dec 1-0)
    184: Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga) over Luke Hodsden (Army West Point) (Dec 11-5)
    197: Alex Hopkins (Army West Point) over Rodney Jones (Chattanooga) (Dec 8-2)
    285: Robert Heald (Army West Point) over Grayson Walthall (Chattanooga) (Dec 5-3)

    UP NEXT

    Army will host Hofstra, Central Michigan, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Bloomsburg, and defending NCAA National Champion Penn State to Christl Arena for the Black Knight Invite next Sunday, Nov. 17.
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