PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior Jordan Thome and freshman Scott Filbertpinned their opponents, and senior Michael Gorman and freshman Cole Gracey added major decisions as the Army wrestling team defeated Drexel, 26-12, in a non-conference dual match on Tuesday evening.
Army (5-5) clung to a tenuous 14-9 advantage before Filbert (125 pounds) Thome (133) reeled off consecutive pins. The Black Knights, who were coming off a first-place finish at last weekend’s New York State Championships, won six of the 10 bouts en route to the victory.
Drexel (4-8) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as the Dragons’ Shane Fenningham took a 5-3 decision from Army sophomore Ryan Bilyeu in the 149-pound bout.
The Black Knights quickly responded, however, winning the next four bouts to surge in front by a 14-3 margin.
Senior co-captain Jimmy Rafferty began the Black Knights’ string of consecutive victories by posting an 11-4 triumph against Austin Sommer in the 157-pound bout. Gracey, who won his first career tournament title at last weekend’s New York State Championships, followed with a 13-3 major decision versus Anson Worrell at 165 pounds.
Junior Eric Gobin then recorded a 7-2 victory over Kevin Matays in the 174-pound bout to push Army’s advantage to 10-3. Gorman, who also won his first career tournament crown at the New York States, posted a 12-4 major decision opposite Drexel’s Bryan Sternlieb to make it 14-3.
Drexel halted Army’s run of successive wins in the 197-pound matchup as 20th-ranked Brandon Palik slipped past Black Knight senior Derek Stanley, 5-3. The three-point decision pulled the Dragons to within 14-6 with four bouts remaining.
Drexel trimmed Army’s advantage to 14-9 as Kyle Frey secured a 10-4 decision versus Black Knight senior Daniel Mills in the heavyweight bout.
The Dragons would get no closer, though, as Filbert and Thome posted back-to-back pins to snuff out any chance for a Drexel comeback. Filbert wasted little time in taking Mike Gomez to the mat in the 125-pound matchup, recording the pin in 2 minutes, 5 seconds. Thome needed less than two minutes to earn his pin at 133 pounds, dropping Drexel’s Paul Wampler in 1:52.
Drexel’s Frank Cimato closed out the match by earning a 13-7 decision versus Army junior Casey Smith in the 141-pound bout.
Army resumes its road swing on Saturday, Jan. 28, when the Black Knights travel to Cambridge, Mass., to face EIWA rivals Harvard and Brown.
Match Notes: Army improves to 7-5 all-time versus Drexel … the Black Knights have defeated the Dragons in each of the last two seasons … Scott Filbert ranks second on the team with six pins this season … Jordan Thome tops Army with eight pins and nine bonus-point victories this season … Jimmy Rafferty leads Army with 19 overall wins and eight dual match victories … Cole Gracey and Michael Gorman share the team lead with three major decisions apiece … Eric Gobin’s victory marked his first career dual match win (1-4).
Army 26, Drexel 12
125: Scott Filbert (A) pinned Mike Gomez, 2:05
133: Jordan Thome (A) pinned Paul Wampler, 1:52
141: Frank Cimato (D) dec. Casey Smith, 13-7
149: Shane Fenningham (D) dec. Ryan Bilyeu, 5-3
157: Jimmy Rafferty (A) dec. Austin Sommer, 11-4
165: Cole Gracey (A) maj. dec. Anson Worrell, 13-3
174: Eric Gobin (A) dec. Kevin Matays, 7-2
184: Michael Gorman (A) maj. dec. Bryan Sternlieb, 12-4
197: No. 20 Brandon Palik (D) dec. Derek Stanley, 5-3
285: Kyle Frey (D) dec. Daniel Mills, 10-4
* – Match began at 149 pounds
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