PRINCETON, N.J. – Freshman Cole Gracey placed third at 165 pounds, and senior Derek Stanley took fifth at 197 pounds as the Army wrestling team finished ninth at the 108th EIWA Championships on Sunday inside Jadwin Gym on the campus of Princeton University.
Senior Michael Gorman (184 pounds), junior Jordan Thome (133) and freshman Scott Filbert (125) turned in seventh-place finishes to help the Black Knights rack up 57.5 points and finish near the middle of the 14-team field.
Cornell won its sixth straight EIWA title, accumulating 151.5 points and edging runner-up Lehigh (149 points) for the team crown in the final bout of the tournament. American (103) finished a distant third with Pennsylvania (94.5) and Navy (85) rounding out the top five.
Gracey began the second day of competition by slipping past eighth-seeded Mason Bailey of Navy, 1-0. The talented plebe then knocked off Cornell’s third-seeded Marshall Peppelman in sudden victory, 9-4, in the third-place bout.
Stanley fell to fifth-seeded Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers, 7-4, in the consolation semifinals, before edging fourth-seeded Daniel Mitchell of American, 4-3, in the fifth-place bout.
Filbert posted a 10-0 major decision opposite Lehigh’s Alexander Abreu in the seventh-place match. Thome and Gorman were both credited with wins via medical forfeit en route to seventh-place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Daniel Mills, meanwhile, lost a 3-1 decision to seventh-seeded Daniel Hopkins of Rutgers and settled for eighth place in the heavyweight bracket.
Army will return to action in a couple of weeks (March 15-17) when the Black Knights travel to St. Louis, Mo., for the NCAA Championships.
Scott Filbert (125 Pounds)
Defeated Alexander Abreu (Lehigh), 10-0 (MD)
Jordan Thome (133 Pounds)
Defeated #8 Christopher Perez (Princeton), medical forfeit
Cole Gracey (165 Pounds)
Defeated #8 Mason Bailey (Navy), 1-0
Defeated #3 Marshall Peppelman (Cornell), 9-4 (sv1)
Michael Gorman (184 Pounds)
Defeated Zachary Moran (Sacred Heart), medical forfeit
Derek Stanley (197 Pounds)
Lost to #5 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers), 7-4
Defeated #4 Daniel Mitchell (American), 4-3
Daniel Mills (285 Pounds)
Lost to #7 Daniel Hopkins (Rutgers), 3-1