Wrestling Finishes Semester With Win At East Stroudsburg
Courtesy: Army Athletic Communications
Release: 12/05/2007

Courtesy: Army Athletic Communications
Richard Starks

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. ? Army senior captain Fernando Martinez registered one of eight Black Knight victories en route to a 30-6 dual meet win at East Stroudsburg, Tuesday night, in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action.

Ranked 15th in the latest NWCA poll at 125 pounds, Martinez notched an 8-0 major victory over Matthew Benedetti to improve to 18-1 this season, including a flawless 6-0 mark in dual meet competition.

It was one of three major decisions captured by Army (4-2, 3-0 EIWA) on the evening as a pair of freshmen also scored bonus points for the Black Knights. Casey Thome defeated Alex Bimes, 10-1, at 149, while Dean Gaier picked up a 17-9 win over Shane Mallory in the 174-pound bout. Thome?s upped his season record to 14-5, while Gaier improved to 9-8.

?I was especially impressed with the way Dean competed tonight,? said Army head coach Chuck Barbee. ?He wrestled with a lot of poise and determination and took it to a pretty tough kid in the third period to earn the victory.?

Junior Whitt Dunning ran his record to 14-7 this season with a 7-4 decision over Matt Swallow at 133, while sophomore Chris Grill also picked up a decision with a 10-6 victory over Kyle Heselpoth at 157.

Junior John Drew took down Joe Schick in overtime to pick up a 4-2 victory at 165, while Scott Ferguson defeated Dave Williams, 8-3, at 184 to seal the Black Knight victory in their final competition of 2007. Drew?s record stands at 2-7, while Ferguson improved to 8-2.

The only two Army setbacks on the evening were sophomore Matt Kyler, who lost to Sean Carr, 7-4, at 141 pounds, and senior heavyweight Nathan Thobaban, who dropped a 5-3 decision. Kyler?s season record is 18-5, while Thobaben is the owner of a 16-8 mark this year.

?Overall, I thought it was a good ending to a solid first semester for us,? continued Barbee. ?Wednesday night meets on the road are always a bit tougher, especially after a long weekend of competition like we had on Sunday at Penn State. Throw school work and being on the road again into the mix and it makes things even a little more challenging. I thought the guys responded well and took care of business.?

After a month break for final exams and the holidays, Army will return to action on Sunday, January 6, at the Sun Devil Duals in Tempe, Ariz.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007
East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Army 30, East Stroudsburg 6

125 ? No. 15 Fernando Martinez (Army) maj. Matthew Benedetti, 8-0
133 ? Whitt Dunning (Army) dec. Matt Swallow, 7-4
141 ? Sean Carr (ESU) dec. Matt Kyler, 7-4
149 ? Casey Thome (Army) maj. Alex Bimes, 10-1
157 ? Chris Grill (Army) dec. Kyle Heselpoth, 10-6
165 ? John Drew (Army) dec. Joe Schick, 4-2 sv
174 ? Dean Gaier (Army) maj. Shane Mallory, 17-9
184 ? Scott Ferguson (Army) dec. Dave Williams, 8-3
197 ? Richard Starks (Army), forfeit
285 ? Chris Birchler (ESU) dec. Nathan Thobaben, 5-3