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WRESTLING (2-1-1): Opened the western trip against Northern Iowa, and after 7 bouts, Army trailed 19-7. But senior Luke Calvert (184 lbs) pinned his opponent; senior Todd Wisman (197) won a 4-3 decision after falling behind 2-0; and then plebe Michael Spriggs (HWT) took an early lead and held off his opponent to give Army a 3-2 win and a 19-19 tie for the match.

Plebe Bill Simpson also won his bout at 125 lbs, and senior Patrick Simpson won a major decision at 149 lbs.

However, reality set in the same evening as Army wrestled No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State. Nine of the 10 Oklahoma State wrestlers are nationally ranked, including last year's national champion, Zack Esposito at 149 lbs. OSU registered 7 major decisions, one pin, one technical decision, and one decision en route to a 42-0 win.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (4-8): Army defeated NY Maritime 53-36, but then the roof caved in. We lost at Cornell 74-39, and came home to lose to the two worst teams in the Ivy League. Brown came in 2-8, but beat us at the buzzer 59-57. Dartmouth was 1-9, but won handily 55-42. Army made 2 of 13 three-pointers, and shot 29% overall. We begin Patriot League play against Colgate here Saturday.

HOCKEY (4-11-3): Playing at the UConn tournament, Army lost to Connecticut 3-0 and in the consolation game, we lost in the final minutes to Massachusetts 2-1. Two games with Mercyhurst here this weekend.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (6-7): No one can complain that we don't play top teams! Lost to last year's national champions (and currently unbeaten) Baylor 85-68. Defeated Gardner-Webb 67-54 and then took off 10 days for the holidays. At Air Force on the 29th and lost 73-61. Two days and 2,000 miles later, we lost at #7 Connecticut 85-46. Yearling Cara Enright led Army with 17 points. At home, Army defeated Iona 67-54. Colgate here Saturday to begin the Patriot League schedule.

FOOTBALL: The 2006 football schedule has been released. Here it is: 2 September: Army at Arkansas State; 9 September: Kent State at home; 16 September: Texas A&M at the Alamodome, San Antonio; 23 September: Army at Baylor; 30 September: Rice at home; 7 October: VMI at home; 14 October: Army at Connecticut; 21 October: TCU at home; 28 October: Army at Tulane; 4 November: Air Force at home; 18 November: Army at Notre Dame; 2 December: Navy at Philadelphia.

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