LEWISBURG, Pa. -- As they head down the final stretch of the regular season, the Army West Point wrestling team scored a 29-7 dual match win against EIWA foe Bucknell on Sunday.
The Black Knights (9-3, 3-1 EIWA) won eight of their 10 matches against the Bison (9-6, 8-3 EIWA), including three bonus point victories.
With the dual beginning at 184 pounds, Noah Stewart was able to set the tempo from the start. The Lewistown, Pa. native scored a fall victory at the buzzer of the second period to give the Black Knights an early 6-0 lead.
After Bucknell was able to get on the board with a decision win at 197, Army rattled off wins in the next four matches to take control of the dual.
In the heavyweight bout, Bobby Heald won a 4-1 decision over Brandon Stokes. At 125 pounds, Trey Chalifoux scored early and throughout, as he earned a 15-3 major decision over Geo Barzona.
The 133 and 141 pound contents were tight affairs from start to finish. Andrew Wert Jr. (3-2 dec.) and Logan Brown (8-7 dec.) both were able to hang on to one-point wins to make it 19-3 in the team score after six matches.
Matthew Kolonia won Bucknell's second match at 149 pounds -- a 15-3 major decision over Noah Hanau.
The dual clincher for Army came at 157 pounds, with Markus Hartman winning an 8-2 decision. In a battle between two nationally ranked wrestlers at 165 pounds, Cael McCormick battled Zach Hartman for three periods, earning a 2-1 decision.
The final bout of the day saw Ben Harvey with a dominant 12-3 major decision over Mitch Hartman to make it a 29-7 final.
#18 Army West Point 29 - Bucknell 7
184: #15 Noah Stewart (ARMY) fall over Kyle Inlander (BU) 5:00
197: Drew Phipps (BU) dec. over #22 J.T. Brown (ARMY) 6-4
285: Bobby Heald (ARMY) dec. over Brandon Stokes (BU) 4-1
125: #23 Trey Chalifoux (ARMY) maj. dec. over Geo Barzona (BU) 15-3
133: Andrew Wert Jr. (ARMY) dec. over Darren Miller (BU) 3-2
141: Logan Brown (ARMY) dec. over David Campbell (BU) 8-7
149: Matthew Kolonia (BU) maj. dec. over Noah Hanau (ARMY) 15-3
157: #10 Markus Hartman (ARMY) dec. over Jaden Fisher (BU) 8-2
165: #21 Cael McCormick (ARMY) dec. over #14 Zach Hartman (BU) 2-1
174: #17 Ben Harvey (ARMY) maj. dec. over Mitch Hartman (BU) 12-3
Army will travel to Annapolis, MD next Saturday for an EIWA dual against service-academy rival Navy at 7:30 pm.