Wrestling Takes Top Honors at Patriot Open
The Army West Point Wrestling team returned to competition Saturday at the Patriot Open hosted by George Mason University. The Black Knights earned five individual titles on their way to the top overall team point total.
"I felt like we performed well," said head coach Kevin Ward. "I was especially proud to see the number of individuals we put into the finals. Sahm [Abdulrazzaq] and [Markus] Hartman both winning their first collegiate tournaments is a big thing for those guys."
10 Cadets made it to respective finals matches on the day, with champions coming at 157 lbs. (Hartman), 165 lbs. (Cael McCormick), 184 lbs. (Abdulrazzaq), 197 lbs. (NC between Alex Hopkins and J.T. Brown), and 285 lbs. (Ben Sullivan).
Army finished the day with an astounding 297.5 total points among the 31 teams at the competition. Columbia was second with 98.5, and American rounded out the top three with 95.5 team points.
Hartman went 5-0 on the day, with a fall and two technical falls for his first collegiate tournament title.
McCormick earned his second tournament title of the season (Black Knight Invite) at 165 pounds. The firstie went 4-0 -- all decision victories throughout the day. Read more.