In a thriller that came down to a total match point tiebreaker, the Army West Point Wrestling team made it four straight wins over service-academy rival Navy Saturday night, edging out a 16-15 Star-Meet victory.
"Just really proud of our guys for finding a way in a really hard-fought match," said head coach Kevin Ward. "It was anything but pretty, but our guys found a way. That's what championship programs do. They find a way and tonight we found a way to grit one out."
The Black Knights' (10-3, 4-1 EIWA) four straight wins over Navy (8-6, 3-2 EIWA) are the most in the series history for Army, surpassing the Cadets' three in-a-row run from 1960-62. The win also moves head coach Kevin Ward's career record against the Mids to 5-1, the most victories by any Army wrestling coach.
The dual was split five matches apiece after Ben Sullivan won a 1-0 decision over Riley Smith in the heavyweight bout to move the team score to 15-15. That's when the judges dove into the tiebreak scenarios, by way of criteria c (total match points scored only from decisions, major decisions and technical falls), which went Army's favor, 29-26. Read more.