The Army West Point wrestling team opened its dual season with an 29-5 victory against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe Drexel at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday evening. After splitting the first two matches, the Black Knights rattled off seven consecutive victories with bonus point wins from Beau Guffey (149 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.) and 20th-ranked Noah Stewart (184 lbs.). Army secured the victory with Stewart's 15-0 technical fall.
The Black Knights snapped a four-match losing skid to Drexel, defeating the Dragons for the first time since 2013-14. This is the first time under head coach Kevin Ward that Army earned a victory over Drexel. The Cadets start 1-0 in EIWA duals for the sixth time in the last seven years. Army captured a victory in its first dual of the season for the first time since 2013-14. Rookies Corey Shie and Ben Sullivan made their collegiate dual debuts against the Dragons. Trey Chalifoux earned his 10th win of the season. Guffey notched the 10th bonus point victory of his career. The Tuttle, Okla., native recorded his first-career dual victory. McCormick documented his first technical fall of the season and third of his career. Stewart orchestrated his team-leading fourth technical fall of the year.
The Black Knights return to action at the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern, on Dec. 29-30.