Wrestling Claims Third-Straight Star Over Navy
The 24th-ranked Army West Point wrestling team put on a show against service-academy rival Navy in front of a packed Christl Arena crowd on senior day with a 22-10 victory in the Saturday afternoon Star Meet. Prior to the match, Army recognized firsties Rocco Caywood, Austin Harry, Zach Maxwell, Patrick Mayolo, Graham Ratermann, Katie Silecchia, Peter Strassfield, Ethan Tursini, Conner Ziegler and Harrison Young as part of the senior day ceremony. The Black Knights closed out the regular season with an overall record of 8-3, including a 7-1 mark against EIWA opponents. The Mids dropped to 6-4 on the year and 3-3 in conference duals. Army jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after victories by 25th-ranked Trey Chalifoux at 125 pounds and an upset win by Lane Peters over 28th-ranked Casey Cobb at 133. Navy answered with a pair of wins, including a major decision at 149 pounds to take a one-point lead.
Similar to last year's dual at Alumni Hall, cow Lucas Weiland, the 27th-ranked wrestler in the nation at 157 pounds, sparked an Army rally with a dominant 6-0 decision over Quentin Hovis to retake the lead. After the Mids regained the advantage, 17th-ranked Ben Harvey topped No. 20 Spencer Carey, 7-3, to put the Black Knights back on top. Following a stellar 6-0 decision by No. 21 Noah Stewart, Caywood sealed the victory to a thunderous applause following his 8-1 victory. The senior's win pushed the Cadets to an 18-10 advantage with one match left. Read more.