Harvey Leads Army’s Charge on Day One of NCAAs
Cow 174-pounder Ben Harvey led the Army West Point wrestling team on the first day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. The Black Knights currently sit in a tie for 25th with Purdue at 7.5 points after combining to go 6-9 with a fall on the first day of competition. Army opened the tournament with a 4-4 mark in Session I, including a fall by 165-pound cow Cael McCormick. Army added upset wins by the 24th-seeded McCormick, 22nd-seeded Harvey and 20th-seeded cow Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.). Harvey provided the Cadets with another upset victory in the second round in overtime with a 5-3 victory over 6-seed David McFadden of Virginia Tech to advance to the quarterfinals. He became Army's first quarterfinalist since 149-pounder Matt Kyler in 2010.
Cow 184-pounder Noah Stewart added the squad's other win in Session II with a 6-4 decision over 21-seed Nick Gravina of Rutgers to pick up his first win at NCAAs as he advances to the second day of competition. The Black Knights set a program record with five different wrestlers earning a win in the same NCAA Championship. The previous program best was four set by the 1966 squad with Bob Steenlage, Bob Robbins, Ray Sepata and Russ Baker all earning a victory. Army has won six matches at the national tournament for the just the seventh time in program history. Chalifoux, Shie, McCormick and Stewart all made their debut at the NCAA Championships. Harvey became the 11th wrestler in program history to record six career wins at the national tournament. Read more.