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Navy Takes Fourth at Southern Scuffle, Five Mids Place Among Top Six

Navy's 2018 Southern Scuffle placewinners - Nicholas Gil, Jared Prince, Zack Davis, Jadaen Bernstein and Michael Coleman.
Jan. 2, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Five Navy wrestlers placed among the top six in their respective weight classes to lead the Midshipmen to a fourth-place finish (out of 24 teams) at the 2018 Southern Scuffle held Monday and Tuesday at Chattanooga’s McKenzie Arena.  With 197 points Penn State won the team title for the seventh time in the last eight years as the Nittany Lions crowned six individual champions and placed another four among the top eight.  Northern Iowa finished second with 127 points, followed by Lehigh (102) in third, Navy (87) in fourth and Duke (80) rounding out the top five.

“I am incredibly proud of the way the guys competed this week,” said fourth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt, who directed the Mids to their best finish at the Scuffle since making its debut  in 2004 when it placed third among 23 teams.  “As a team we made some great improvements since our last national-level event in December.  What I saw here the last two days from our team gives me confidence that these guys have the athletic capability, mental fortitude and physical courage to push higher and harder towards an even higher level of success.

“The holiday training is an irreplaceable stretch that offers our athletes time to be singular in focus and galvanize the bonds of these most committed student athletes. The effort and commitment these guys have made is really showing in their performance and support for one another.”

Navy opened Tuesday with eight wrestlers vying for an opportunity to place.  Three - Nicholas Gil (Crystal Lake, Ill.) at 141 pounds, senior Zack Davis (Granger, Ind.) at 157 pounds and senior Michael Coleman (Hudson, Ohio) at 184 pounds - won their “blood” round matches, while senior Corey Wilding (Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 149 pounds, senior Drew Daniels (Overland Park, Kan.) at 165 pounds and sophomore Spencer Carey (Ringwood, N.J.) at 174 pounds were eliminated from the tournament following losses.  Meanwhile, sophomore 149-pound Jared Prince (Safety Harbor, Fla.) and senior 174-pound Jadaen Bernstein (Glen Gardner, N.J.) awaited their opportunity to advance on the championship side of the bracket with their respective semifinal appearances.

Prince dropped a spirited match against Campbell’s Josh Heil in the semis.  Prince struck first with a takedown, but Heil was able to counter with a reversal to knot the match up at the end of one.  Both wrestlers scored a point for an escape to start their respective periods in the down position, but Heil would advance to the championship thanks to riding time in a 4-3 decision.  Prince regrouped and dominated Drexel’s Trevor Elfvin in the consolation semis where he built an 11-0 lead before successfully pinning Elfvin at 4:31.  In his final match of the tournament, Prince was able to get a reversal against fifth-seeded Steve Krivus of Virginia to open the third period and seal what would be a 5-2 victory and a third-place finish.

“Jared Prince had a great first event of the season,” added Sharratt.  “He has overcome a lot of adversity and is so committed it’s hard to believe he just wrestled in his first event of the season.  He stepped in at 149 pounds, met his seed and was capable of exceeding it as a first time 149 pounder.  We will work on where our lineup settles, but adding a guy like Jared is a great demonstration of the depth we are building.”

Bernstein met the defending National Champion, Penn State’s Mark Hall in the semis.  Scoreless until the final minute of action, Hall was able to rally for an escape and takedown to go with riding time for a 4-0 victory, sending Bernstein to the backside.  The three-time NCAA qualifier retired from the tournament nursing an injuring and finished sixth for the Mids.

Bernstein, meanwhile, moved past Aaron Kalil (101, 2009-12) and Luke Rebertus (102, 2009-12) for 12th on Navy’s all-time wins list with 104 victories.  He trails 11th-place Ed Prendergast (2005-08) by two wins and is just four wins outside of the top 10.

“I can’t say enough about the leadership of our seniors who continue to lead the way for a talented group of underclassmen,” said Sharratt.  “The semifinal bout at 174 was an awesome match where Bernstein competed against one of the world’s best wrestlers move for move for 6:40 seconds. There is a lot of effort and pain that comes with building that level of preparedness and we have work to do to solidify the closing seconds of that match.  Jadaen is a spartan warrior who will return ready for the challenge of training to ensure he reaches his goals and leads this team to that end.”

Gil, Davis and Coleman all won their consolation round of four matches, but all three went on to drop their consolation semifinal bouts to fall to the fifth-place bouts.  Gil, who put together a 5-2 record over the two days, earned a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State’s Evan Cheek in the tie-breaker period after he earned a point for an escape and went on to ride out Cheek for the second 30-second period.  He went on to lose a heartbreaker to top-seeded Josh Alber of Northern Iowa in the consoloation semis, giving up a takedown with 12 seconds remaining in sudden victory to fall 6-4.  Gil was awarded fifth-place after his opponent, second-seeded Luke Karam, was forced to medically forfeit.

“Gil is right on target as one of our upper echelon competitors,” pointed out Sharratt. “He is matching the effort and performance on the mat and in the training sessions as Bernstien, Coleman and Prince. He continues to step up to that level and is distancing himself from his opponents.”

Davis picked up a 3-2 win over third-seeded Ian Brown  of Lehigh after scoring three points (esc, takedown) in the final 1:30 of his match, however, he would be tripped up by Stanford’s Paul Fox, seeded fifth, in the consolation semis, 9-6.  Davis went on to place sixth following a 20-14 loss to Drexel’s Garrett Hammond.

“Zack really stepped up again in effort and heart,” Sharratt said in reflection. “His effort and grind just makes people want to submit to him.  He made some mistakes that cost him in the medal round, but he is the Hammer of Thor recipient for his performance in this event.”

Coleman pinned two of his last three opponents to take fifth place at 184 pounds.  He advanced to the consolation semis after pinning Virginia Tech’s Stan Smeltzer in just under two minutes, but third-seeded Bryce Carr of Chattanooga used his one-minute and twenty-three seconds of riding time to edge Coleman, 2-1.  The Navy senior came back to pin eighth-seeded Alan Clothier of Appalachian State with 25 seconds left in the match to seal his fifth-place finish.

Navy will send a small squad to Lancaster, Pa. for the Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday, while on Sunday the Mids will play host to EIWA foe Bucknell in dual action.  The Mids and Bison will square off at 2:00 pm at Wesley Brown Field House in Annapolis.

Navy Results at Southern Scuffle
125:  Aslan Kilic (2-2)
Round of 32:  W, 6:34 vs. Cameron Lathem, Cleveland State
Round of 16: L, 3:55 vs. (2) Jay Schwarm, Northern Iowa
Cons. Round of 16 #2: W, 3:50 vs. Sean Cannon, Northern Colorado
Cons. Round of 8 #1: L, 15-7 (MD) Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga

133:  Cody Trybus (1-2)
Round of 32: W, 8-5 vs. Jack Wagner, Northern Iowa
Round of 16:  L, 6-0 vs. (2) Jack Mueller, Virginia
Cons. Round of 16 #2: L, 6-1, (1) Scott Parker, Lehigh

141:  (7) Nicholas Gil (5-2, 5th place)
Round of 32: W, 12-4 (MD) vs. Jon Ryan, Campbell
Round of 16:  W, 6-3 vs. Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State
Quarterfinals:  L, 5-0 vs. (2) Luke Karam, Lehigh
Cons. Round of 8 #1: W, 8-4 vs. Brian Courtney, Virginia
Cons. Round of 4: W, 2-1 TB vs. Evan Cheek, Cleveland State
Cons. Semifinals:  L, 6-4 SV vs. (1) Josh Alber, Northern Iowa
5th Place:  W, MF (2) Luke Karam, Lehigh

149:  (3) Jared Prince (5-1, 3rd Place)
Round of 32: W, 3:24 vs. Zach Shareef, Chattanooga
Round of 16:  W, 10-2 (MD) vs. Jimmy Fate, Northern Colorado
Quarterfinals:  W, 8-5 vs. Jarod Verkleeren, Penn State (UA)
Semifinals:  L, 4-3 vs. Josh Heil, Campbell (UA)
Cons. Semifinals:  W, 4:31 vs. Trevor Elfvin, Drexel
3rd Place:  W, 5-2 vs. (5) Steve Krivus, Virginia

149:  Corey Wilding (3-2)
Round of 32: W, 7-2 vs. Ryan Ford, Cleveland State
Round of 16: L, 7-6 (8) Jamal Morris, NC State
Cons. Round of 16 #2: W, 4-3 Tejon Anthony, George Mason
Cons. Round of 8 #1: W, 6-1 vs. Jake Keating, Virginia
Cons. Round of 8 #2:  L, 6-2 vs. (2) Max Thomsen, Northern Iowa

157:  (7) Zack Davis (4-3, 6th place)
Round of 32: W, 2:52 vs. Macoy Fanagan, Northern Colorado
Round of 16: W, 11-3 (MD) vs. Austin Kraisser, Campell
Quarterfinals:  L, 15-3 (MD) vs. (2) Mitch Finesilver, Duke
Cons. Round of 8 #2:  W, 11-2 (MD) vs. Josh McClure, North Carolina
Cons. Round of 4:  W, 3-2 vs. (3) Ian Brown, Lehigh
Cons. Semifinals:  L, 9-6 vs. (5) Paul Fox, Stanford
5th Place:  L, 20-14 vs. Garrett Hammond, Drexel

157:  Quentin Hovis (2-2)
Round of 64: L, 10-4 vs. Cam Coy, Virginia (UA)
Cons. Round of 32 #2: W, 16-11 vs.Ricky Stamm, Hofstra
Cons. Round of 16 #1: W, 8-3 vs. Ryan Montgomery, Cleveland State
Cons. Round of 16 #2:  L, 10-3 vs. Logan Ryan, Northern Iowa

165:  (4) Drew Daniels (2-2)
Round of 32: W, 3-1 SV vs. Alexandre Lopouchanski, Air Force
Round of 16:  W, 4-2 SV vs. Georgio Poullas, Cleveland State
Quarterfinals:  L, 9-6 vs. Gordon Wolf, Lehigh
Cons. Round of 8 #2: L, 5-4 vs. (7) Drew Longo, Lehigh

165:  Jonathan Carrera (1-2)
Round of 32: L, 8-3 vs. Neal Richards, Unattached
Cons. Round of 32 #2: W, 3-0 vs. Tyler Wiederholt, Air Force
Cons. Round of 16 #1: L, 9-3 vs. Quentin Perez, Campbell

165:  Tanner Skidgel (1-2)
Round of 32: L, 1:56 vs. (2) Bryce Steiert, Northern Iowa (UA)
Cons. Round of 32 #2: W, 6:00 vs.Dominick Petrucelli, Chattanooga
Cons. Round of 16 #1: L, 14-0 (MD) vs. Zach Finesilver, Duke

174:  (4) Jadaen Bernstein (3-1, 6th place)
Round of 32: W, 16-1 (TF, 7:00) vs. Matt McGillick, The Citadel
Round of 16: W, 16-5 (MD) vs. Caleb Stockmaster
Quarterfinals: W, 10-5 vs. (5) Keaton Subjeck, Stanford
Semifinals:  L, 4-0 vs. (1) Mark Hall, Penn State
Cons. Semifinals:  (L) MF vs. (7) Forest Prybysz, Appalachian State
5th Place:  (L) MF vs. (5) Keaton Subjeck, Stanford

174:  Spencer Carey (2-2)
Round of 32: W, 7-5 vs. Justin Lampe, Chattanooga
Round of 16:  W, 7-5 SV vs. (6) Will Schany, Virginia
Quarterfinals:  L, 18-2 (TF, 4:32) vs. (3) Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa
Cons. Round of 8 #2:  L, 5-2 vs. Austin Rose, Drexel

174:  AJ Alford (2-2)
Round of 32: W, 5:45 vs. Hestin Lamons, Oklahoma State
Round of 16:  L, 4-3 vs. (7) Forest Przybysz, Appalachian State
Cons. Round of 16 #2: W, 6-4 SV vs. Jared Siegrist, Lock Haven
Cons. Round of 8 #1: L, 3-2 vs. Kimball Bastian, Utah Valley (UA)

184:  (4) Michael Coleman (5-2, 5th place)
Round of 32: W, 2:42 vs. Michael Battista, Virginia
Round of 16: W, 4-2 vs. Rodney Jones, Chattanooga
Quarterfinals:  (5) L, 6-4 vs. Nick Reenan, NC State (UA)
Cons. Round of 8 #2:  W, 5-1 vs. (7) Nick Corba, Cleveland State
Cons. Round of 4:  W, 1:55 vs. Stan Smeltzer, Virginia Tech (UA)
Cons. Semifinals:  L, 2-1 vs. (3) Bryce Carr, Chattanooga
5th Place:  W, 6:35 vs. (8) Alan Clothier, Appalachian State

197:  Joshua Roetman (1-2)
Round of 32: L, 5-2 vs. (4) Nathan Traxler, Stanford
Cons. Round of 16 #1: W, 9-2 vs. Sawyer Root, The Citadel
Cons. Round of 16 #2: L, 10-5 vs. John Borst, Virginia Tech (UA)

285:  Austin Faunce (2-2)
Round of 32: W, 7-0 vs. Collin Kelly, Cleveland State
Round of 16:  L, 1:00 vs. (5) Nathan Butler, Stanford
Cons. Round of 16 #2: W, 3-2 vs. Damazio Samuel, Appalachian State
Cons. Round of 8 #1: L, 6-2 vs. Dustin Dennison, Utah Valley (UA)

285:  Andrew Piehl (2-2)
Round of 64:  W, 3-1 vs. Jacob Bohlken, Unattached
Round of 32: L, 3-2 vs. Andrew Gunning, North Carolina
Cons. Round of 16 #1: W, 6-1 vs. Michael McAleavey, The Citadel
Cons. Round of 16 #2: L, 4-2 SV vs. Tyler Love, Virginia

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