Navy has won the the team title in 13 of the 23 years the championship has been held.
The Midshipmen stand 5-1 this season, including 2-1 in EIWA action.
Navy and Maryland will clash at Alumni Hall Friday night at 7:30 pm.
Navy owns a 20-1 series advantage against Bucknell.
The Mids' fourth-place finish is their best at the Scuffle since making their tournament debut in 2004 (third).
Ranked Sixth in Preseason by Amateur Wrestling News
Prendergast in 2007-08: Prendergast is among the top 10 in three preseason polls, including the Amateur Wrestling News which lists him as the No. 6 heavyweight wrestler in the country ... he falls in at No. 7 on the W.I.N. Magazine list, while he is ninth on the Wrestling Report's preseason rankings ... enters his senior campaign just outside of the program's top 10 list for most career pins ... has won by fall 23 times, the 11 most in Navy history.
2006-07: In his first season as Navy's starting heavyweight, Prendergast enjoyed a successful season ... he finished the year with a 37-7 record, including an 11-2 dual match mark ... his 37 wins are the ninth most by a Navy wrestler in a single season ... it's the third-most wins by a Navy heavyweight, six behind Tanner Garrett's record of 43 wins during the 2005-06 campaign ... won 17 of his 37 matches by fall, the third most in school history and the most since John Reich set the record in 1982-83 with 24 ... Prendergast competed in six tournaments, taking individual titles in four of those ... he opened the year by winning four straight matches before dropping an 8-6 decision to fifth-ranked Dustin Fox of Northwestern in the title bout at the Eastern Michigan Open ... he coincidentally faced Fox eight days later when the Mids and the Wildcats met at the Northwestern Duals where Fox once again edge Prendergast, 6-3 ... it was the only time during the season in which Prendergast dropped two consecutive matches ... he kicked off an 11-match winning streak that included tournament titles at the Navy Classic and Nittany Lion Open ... Prendergast earned a 5-2 decision over 19th-ranked Mike Spaid of Bloomsburg to win the Mids' home tourney, while his 3-1 sudden victory over Spaid led him to the Nittany Lion crown ... turned in a 4-2 record at the Southern Scuffle to finish fourth ... produced back-to-back-to-back falls against Brown, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to post a 3-0 record at the Lone Star Duals ... his fall at the 5:40 mark against Brown's Levon Mock was the first of 18 straight wins by Prendergast ... during the winning streak, he produced a 10-0 record in dual competition, including a 7-3 decision over North Carolina's Spencer Nadolsky who was ranked eighth ... Prendergast claimed the All-Academy Championship title, sweeping his three opponents, including VMI's Scott Buhman in sudden victory ... his win by fall over Army's Nathan Thobaben helped lead the Mids to their seventh straight win over the Black Knights in dual meet competition ... turned in a 4-0 record at the EIWA Championship to become Navy's first EIWA individual title winner (along with 174-pounder Matt Stolpinski) since 2002 ... he defeated Zach Hammond of Cornell by major decision, 10-0, to win the title ... pinned Iowa State's David Zabriskie in his first appearance at the National Tournament ... dropped an 8-3 decision to West Virginia's Dustin Rogers in the second round and suffered a severe knee injury in the process ... despite a torn ligament, Prendergast came back to pin 16th-ranked Jared Rosholt from Oklahoma State in the wrestlebacks ... he bowed out of the tournament the following match after dropping a 6-2 decision to Chattanooga's Matt Koz ... finished his junior campaign by posting an 8-6 record against ranked foes ... has 23 wins by fall, while in turn he has been pinned just three times in his career ... did not suffer a loss by fall in 2006-07.
2005-06: Recorded a 20-9 record in the heavyweight division as a sophomore ... pinned five of his foes, including Erik Olsen of VMI just over a minute into the match ... won four matches by major decisions ... finished second at the Navy Classic where he dropped an 8-4 decision to teammate and ninth-ranked Tanner Garrett in the championship match ... earned a second-place finish at the Penn State Open ... finished third at the Edinboro Open, earning wins in four of his five matches ... placed eighth at the Southern Scuffle, dropping a tough 9-6 decision to Jainor Palma in the seventh-place match.
2004-05: Posted a 10-8 overall mark and 1-0 in dual meets as a freshman ... finished fifth at the Eastern Michigan Open with a 4-2 mark ... earned a major decision over Indiana's Jake Skinner, 10-1, in the fifth-place match ... dropped a tough 4-2 decision to 17th-ranked Michael Faust of Virginia Tech at the Southern Scuffle ... recorded first-career fall at EMU Open in 3:21 over Eastern Michigan's Charlie Walker ... lost six matches by a combined 16 points, including four by three or fewer points.
High School: A 2004 graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School, Prendergast earned three letters in wrestling ... was the 2004 Missouri State High School champion, posting a 46-0 mark ... he also set the single-season pins record with 37 in `04 ... was a team captain and All-State (Mo.) selection ... also lettered three times in track and field, serving as a team captain, and twice in football.
Personal: Full name is Edward Michael Prendergast ... son of John and Mary Lou Prendergast ... born Jan. 14, 1986, in St. Louis, Mo. ... majoring in Economics ... brother, Jim, wrestled at Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) and was the first Div. I All-American in any sport at the school ... he garnered All-America recognition in 1993 where he wrestled at 158 pounds.