Army Places Fourth at All-Academy Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Derek Stanley and freshman Cole Gracey both won individual titles to lead the Army wrestling team to a fourth-place finish at the 18th annual All-Academy Championships on Sunday inside Clune Arena.

Three other Army wrestlers authored runner-up finishes to help the Black Knights rack up 80 points and place within the top half of the eight-team field. Navy won its fourth straight All-Academy title, totaling 109.5 points and finishing just in front of host Air Force (105 points). The Citadel accrued 81 points to edge Army for third place.

VMI (24 points), Coast Guard (11.5), Merchant Marine (10) and Norwich (0.5) placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Stanley sprinted through the competition at 197 pounds, posting a 3-0 record en route to his first career tournament title. The veteran started the day by pinning Merchant Marine’s Tyler Russell in three minutes, 35 seconds. Stanley then slipped past Air Force’s Josh Mohr, 2-1, before taking a 3-2 decision from The Citadel’s Kelby Smith in the title bout.

Gracey, who extended his win streak to 12 straight bouts following today’s perfect 3-0 showing, had little trouble navigating his way through the 165-pound draw on his way to his second tournament crown of the season. The first-year grappler began the tournament by blanking Coast Guard’s Luke Taylor, 3-0, and pinning VMI’s Carry Joseph in 5:33 to reach the championship final. Gracey put the finishing touches on yet another dominant performance by shutting down Navy’s Mason Bailey, 4-0, in the title bout.

Junior Jordan Thome turned in a second-place showing in the 133-pound draw. The Troy, Ohio, native pinned Norwich’s Kyle Brouillette (1:07) and slipped past The Citadel’s Kyle Casaletto (2-0) before falling to Navy’s Aaron Kalil, 4-0, in the championship bout.

Sophomore Ryan Bilyeu chipped in a runner-up finish at 149 pounds. The second-year performer knocked off The Citadel’s Seth Vernon (12-6) and Navy’s Peyton Walsh (11-5) to reach the title match. There, the Guthrie, Okla., product was pinned by Air Force’s Cole VonOhlen in 2:28.

Senior Michael Gorman wrestled to a second-place finish in the 184-pound bracket. The fourth-year grappler pinned Norwich’s Sam Kent in 2:19 and dispatched VMI’s John Dommert, 8-5, to set up a title match versus nationally-ranked Luke Rebertus of Navy. The highly-touted Rebertus proceeded to pin Gorman in 2:18.

Freshman Scott Filbert (125 pounds), junior Casey Smith (141) and senior Jimmy Rafferty (157) each produced fourth-place finishes.

Army will jump back into its dual match schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 7, when the Black Knights host EIWA rival Bucknell at West Point’s Gillis Field House. The conference contest, which will serve as Army’s final tune-up prior to the annual “Star” match at Navy (Feb. 17), is set to get under way at 7 p.m.

Tournament Notes: Jordan Thome recorded his 10th pin of the season … he leads the team in pins and bonus-point victories (11) … Casey Smith posted the first two pins of his career … Jimmy Raffertyrecorded his first pin of the season … Cole Gracey is now tied for second on the team with six pins … Gracey’s 10 bonus-point wins list second on the team as well.

Team Standings
1. Navy 109.5
2. Air Force 105.0
3. The Citadel 81.0
4. ARMY 80.0
5. VMI 24.0
6. Coast Guard 11.5
7. Merchant Marine 10.0
8. Norwich 0.5

125 – Scott Filbert (4th)
Pinned by Navy’s Tyler Sackett (4:51)
Defeated Coast Guard’s Nate Giorgio, 4-0
Pinned by Air Force’s Greg Rinker (1:12)

133 – Jordan Thome (2nd)
Pinned Norwich’s Kyle Brouillette (1:07)
Defeated The Citadel’s Kyle Casaletto, 2-0
Lost Navy’s Aaron Kalil, 4-0

141 – Casey Smith (4th)
Pinned Norwich’s Tyrell Castarphen (2:29)
Lost to Navy’s Dustin Haislip, 3-1
Pinned Merchant Marine’s Bernard Watson (5:36)
Lost to The Citadel’s Jordan Dix, 14-8

149 – Ryan Bilyeu (2nd)
Defeated The Citadel’s Seth Vernon, 12-6
Defeated Navy’s Peyton Walsh, 11-5
Pinned by Air Force’s Cole VonOhlen (2:28)

157 – Jimmy Rafferty (4th)
Defeated Merchant Marine’s Matt Hiltz (Technical Fall 19-4)
Pinned by Air Force’s Josh Kreimier (4:54)
Pinned Norwich’s Nick Smith (0:49)
Lost to The Citadel’s Pierre Frazile, 3-2

165 – Cole Gracey (1st)
Defeated Coast Guard’s Luke Taylor, 3-0
Pinned VMI’s Carry Joseph (5:33)
Defeated Navy’s Mason Bailey, 4-0

174 – Robert Doyle
Lost to VMI’s Matthew Brock, 3-0
Defeated Coast Guard’s Virgil Moreno (Injury Default)
Lost to Navy’s Oscar Huntley (Major Decision 9-1)

184 – Michael Gorman (2nd)
Pinned Norwich’s Sam Kent (2:19)
Defeated VMI’s John Dommert, 8-5
Pinned by Navy’s Luke Rebertus (2:18)

197 – Derek Stanley (1st)
Pinned Merchant Marine’s Tyler Russell (3:35)
Defeated Air Force’s Josh Mohr, 2-1
Defeated The Citadel’s Kelby Smith, 3-2

285 – Christian Botero
Defeated Navy’s Danny Miller, 8-7
Lost to Air Force’s Jared Erickson (Technical Fall 16-0)
Lost to Coast Guard’s Joel Wyman, 6-2

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