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Chandler Smith Receives Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

Chandler Smith

Courtesy of Army Athletics

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith of the Army wrestling team was honored with the Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award over the weekend.

The award is annually presented to a male and female West Point cadet from the graduating class who exemplifies the leadership qualities of retired Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore and the tenets of the Warrior Ethos on the athletic playing field and in the Department of Physical Education combatives program.

Candidates are assessed by character attributes such as mental toughness, coachability, perseverance, athletic skill and Warrior Ethos. Recipients of the award are selected by a Department of Physical Education panel.

Former Army wrestler Tyler Rauenzahn earned the award in 2013.

“This is the second year in a row a wrestler has been the recipient of this award,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “We are so proud of Chandler and the way he represents not only the Army wrestling team, but the example he sets for everyone around him.

“He received this honor not because it was something he was working for, but because he truly wants to be great at everything he does. He understands that greatness is a constant pursuit and he sets a very high standard for himself and for everyone around him. We are fortunate to have him as a captain on this team.”

Smith, who now has 44 career victories with the Black Knights, came in first place at the 165-pound weight class at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday. It was Army’s first competition of the season and the Black Knights placed fourth out of seven teams.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Smith led Army with 31 wins a season ago, including six dual match victories, seven major decision wins and two pins.

The Black Knights will take on No. 4 Ohio State at the Journeymen Tussle on Saturday at 2 p.m. before hosting their first dual match of the season against Franklin and Marshall at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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