Army West Point cruises past West Virginia

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army West Point wrestling team scored early and often Sunday at Christl Arena, as the Black Knights won nine of 10 matches on their way to a 35-4 dual match win over West Virginia.

"I thought we wrestled hard," said head coach Kevin Ward. "I thought our hustle was good and that led to some guys looking for some bonus points. We were in position in a couple matches where we could separate scores and give our guys that did that credit."

Four Cadets earned bonus point wins for Army (4-1) against the Mountaineers (0-2). Competing in his first career dual, Andrew Wert Jr. looked impressive at 133 pounds, picking up a 10-0 majority decision over Lucas Seibert.

Corey Shie followed that up with an 18-2 technical fall at 141 pounds. Shie now has four bonus point wins on the season.

The momentum continued for the Black Knights at 149 pounds. P.J. Ogunsanya picked up his second pin of the year in the second period to make it 18-0 Army after four matches.

"I just like to go out there on the mat and just work what I want to get done," said Ogunsanya."I like to go out there with a positive spirit and have fun with it."

The top-billed match of the day came at 165 pounds between No. 10 Cael McCormick and No. 20 Nick Kiussis. After three tough periods, McCormick was able to score a takedown in the final 20 seconds to earn the 3-1 decision.

Ben Harvey had the final bonus point win for Army. The senior won his team leading fifth dual of the season at 174 pounds -- a 16-0 technical fall, his first tech fall of the year.

"What everything up to this point has done for us, has allowed us to grow and improve," added Ward. "The work that you do between competitions is where you really grow."

125: No. 24 Trey Chalifoux (Army) over Joey Thomas (WV) - 6-4 DEC
133: Andrew Wert Jr. (Army) over Lucas Seibert (WV) - 10-0 MD
141: No. 23 Corey Shie (Army) over Caleb Rea (WV) - 18-2 TF
149: No. 25 P.J. Ogunsanya (Army) over Seth Hogue (WV) - Fall :51 (2nd)
157: Lucas Weiland (Army) over Alex Hornfeck (WV) - 4-1 DEC
165: No. 10 Cael McCormick (Army) over No.20 Nick Kiussis (WV) - 3-1 DEC
174: No. 19 Ben Harvey (Army) over Scott Joll (WV) - 16-0 TF
184: Jed Smith (Army) over Jackson Moomau (WV) - 7-3 DEC
197: No. 18 Noah Adams (WV) over J.T. Brown - 18-10 MD
285: Bobby Heald (Army) over Brandon Ngati (WV) - 5-2 DEC

After the Cadets return from Thanksgiving break, Army will travel down to Fairfax, Va. for the Patriot Open hosted by George Mason on Dec. 7


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