The Midshipmen own a 49-7-5 advantage in the series against Army West Point.
Sunday’s match marks the 61st meeting between Army and Navy in a rivalry that dates back to a 17-8 win by the Mids on March 2, 1957 in Annapolis.
Navy won five of the final six matches with four of the five providing bonus points for the Mids.
The Mids finished their home dual ledger with a 5-2 record.
Five finalists, five champions - Bernstein, Cervantes, Coleman, Daniels and Prince all win their first All-Academy Championship titles.
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Navy enjoyed one of its most successful seasons on a national scene in Sharratt’s second season. The Mids put together a 10-3 record that featured wins over EIWA foes Princeton, Drexel and American, while capturing victories over long-time rivals Maryland and Army. Navy won two of the final three matches of the evening to overcome a four-point deficit and defeat the Black Knights, 19-17, in front of a raucous home crowdy at Alumni Hall. The Midshipmen have dominated the series against the Cadets, owning a 49-6-5 advantage.
Six of the Mids’ 10 entrants placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes, including three in the top three, to lead Navy to a sixth-place finish at the 112th EIWA Championship. Sophomore Zack Davis (133), freshman Nicholas Gil (141), sophomore Jadaen Bernstein (174), senior Mathew Miller (184) received automatic bids to the 2016 NCAA Championship held at Madison Square Garden, while senior Michael Woulfe (197) received an at-large bid. Miller put together a 6-2 record to place fifth at the NCAA Championship and earn All-America honors. He is Navy’s first All-American since Bryce Saddoris placed seventh at the 2011 NCAA Championship, while it’s highest a Navy wrestler has finished at the NCAA Championship since heavyweight Ed Prendergast took third in 2008. Miller was also the recipient of the Gregorian Award which is presented to the wrestler who records the most pins in the least amount of time throughout the NCAA Championship.
Miller was #1 among all Div. I wrestlers in most falls in the least amount of time against other Div. I wrestlers (18 / 48:39), while Woulfe owned the second-most falls in Div. I, but finished fourth in terms of most falls in the least amount of time (15 / 59:52).
Woulfe also represented the team well off the mat where he was one of nine Trident Scholars at the Academy during the 2015-16 academic year, was named an Academic All-American and was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
In the fall of 2014, Sharratt inherited a program that had four returning NCAA qualifiers in seniors Peyton Walsh, Colton Rasche and Paul Rands, along with junior Mathew Miller, and better than half of its starting lineup returning. Sharratt and his staff, however, were delivered a blow in his first season when three of the four returning NCAA qualifiers suffered season-ending injuries and instead was forced to build from the ground up, turning to as many as six freshmen to step into starting roles. The Mids finished the year with a 3-5 dual record that featured an dramatic come-from-behind victory (20-18) over local rival Maryland in College Park. Navy placed eighth at the 2015 EIWA Championship with Peyton Walsh and freshman Jadaen Bernstein earning individual titles at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. It marked the first time Navy had two individual champions at the conference championship since 2009. Meanwhile, Bernstein, who would go on to be named the EIWA Freshman of the Year following a vote by the league’s coaches, became the first Navy freshman to win an EIWA individual crown since 1992 when EIWA Hall of Famer Dan Hicks clained the heavyweight division. Both wrestlers punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship in St. Louis. Walsh became just the fifth different wrestler in program history to win 40 matches in a season, as he closed out his career with a 40-10 mark in 2014-15.
Sharratt began engineering the turnaround in the Air Force wrestling program when he was introduced as the Falcons’ head coach in the summer of 2006. Although faced with a rebuilding task in his first season as head coach, Sharratt helped lead Air Force to a 3-1 mark in its inaugural season in the Western Wrestling Conference. With the Falcons earning a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA West Regional, Crozier and Devlin led Air Force as third-team all-conference selections.
In 2008, Sharratt was named the Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year after leading Air Force to a second-place finish at the 2008 NCAA West Regional, matching the program’s best showing at the tournament (also finishing second in 2003). Jake Kriegbaum, named the Outstanding Wrestler at the West Regional, and Tyler French both won their respective weight classes at the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships, while three others placed second.
To cap off the season, the Falcons also sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the past four seasons. All four won at least one match at the national meet.
In 2010, Sharratt helped guide a young team to six wins and a fifth-place showing at the NCAA West Regional. In addition, he began to develop Cole VonOhlen into a national contender, as the newcomer became the first Air Force freshman since 2005 to earn a spot at the NCAA Championship. VonOhlen, nationally ranked at 141 pounds for most of the 2010 season, was named the Western Wrestling Conference Freshman of the Year and earned a second-place showing at the West Regional.
In 2011, Sharratt led Air Force to a 12-5 dual record. Seven Falcons notched at least 20 wins on the season, including a nation’s-best 44 victories from VonOhlen, while the Falcons captured third place at the NCAA West Regional. VonOhlen, ranked in the top 10 nationally, was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the West Regional and went on to his second NCAA bid in as many years.
In 2012, both VonOhlen and Josh Kreimier advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championship. In addition, Sharratt was named the College Coach of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Sharratt guided Air Force to an 11-4 dual record during the 2013 campagin. Four Falcons qualified for the NCAA Championship, including VonOhlen who became just the third four-time NCAA qualifier in program history. VonOhlen, who finished in the top 12 despite battling a significant shoulder injury, was joined at the national tournament by West Regional champions Josh Kreimier and Dylan Hyder and WWC Freshman of the Year Josh Martinez.
In 2013-14, Sharratt led the Falcons to an 11-6-3 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Senior 133-pound Greg Rinker captured the individual title at 133 points, while Josh Martinez (125) and freshman Natrelle Demison (149) finished as the runner-up at their respective weight class. Once again, four Falcons earned NCAA Tournament bids, including Martinez who became just the 12th wrestler in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid at least three times.
Sharratt’s influence has been notable off the mat as well. Josh Larson served as the Cadet Wing Commander in the spring of 2011, supporting the team’s leadership role in military development. Academically, the Falcons have been consistently in the top 10 percent of the NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rate) rankings among all Division I wrestling institutions, while earning NWCA All-Academic honors as a team in 2009. In addition, Stephen Crozier was named to the NWCA All-Academic team in 2008 and 2009, and was also a three-time member of the WWC All-Academic team. In 2013, the Falcons had two more wrestlers earn NWCA All-Academic honors.
One of the nation’s most passionate coaches, Sharratt believes in leadership from the front and when given the opportunity to deploy to Balad AB, Iraq, in the spring of 2011, he humbly accepted the chance to go overseas, serving as a part of General Neubauer’s Combatives Mobile Training Team. As combatives instructor at the Air Force Academy, Sharratt worked with the Air Force Center of Excellence, housed here at USAFA to help offer the greater Air Force the best combatives training possible.
Sharratt spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of former U.S. National Coach Bruce Burnett. In 2005-06, Sharratt helped lead the Midshipmen to a 13-2 dual record, marking the most wins by the program since the 1990-91 season, while also sending five wrestlers to the NCAA Championship. A tenured assistant professor at the Naval Academy, he also served as the faculty chair of the USNA combative courses.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, Sharratt was a three-time All-American, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994. Training under the tutelage of legendary coach Dan Gable during his college career, Sharratt was a four-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes, and was twice selected as the team captain. Sharratt led his team to the 1995 Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championship, winning the Big Ten individual championship that season. Sharratt also competed as a member of the 1993 and 1994 Big Ten Championship teams, as well as the 1992 and 1994 NCAA Championship teams.
Following his college career, Sharratt was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at both the 1996 Olympic Trials and 1997 Pan American Championships. While competing on the international level, Sharratt represented the United States around the world including trips to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Italy, France and Canada. His accomplishments as a coach in the freestyle arena included cadet national champions and junior national champions, as well as multiple national team members and world medalists.
Sharratt also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his master’s degree in sports administration in 2000, serving a two year position as the Developmental Freestyle Coach for the state of Minnesota. Sharratt also worked as an assistant coach at Lehigh from 1996-98 and as a graduate assistant at his alma mater during the 1995-96 season.
A native of Bloomington, Minn., Sharratt was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Honored as an athlete, Sharratt was recognized for his accomplishments both as a state champion at Bloomington-Kennedy High School and as an All-American and NCAA champion at Iowa.
Sharratt is the proud father of four daughters, Tori, Taylor, Carly and Trista.