Jan. 20, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After trading victories over the first four matches, the 13th-ranked Maryland wrestling team won four of the final six bouts to secure a 23-12 victory over Navy Friday evening in front of better than 1,000 fans at Alumni Hall in Annapolis. A fall by Maryland senior Kyle John at 157 pounds helped spark the run by the Terps, as they pushed their record to 11-0 and the Mids dropped to 3-5.
“Our guys competed hard tonight and I feel good about that,” said 12th-year Navy head coach Bruce Burnett. “I think we lost probably three matches because we didn’t sprawl and as I’ve said before, you have to do the basic things to beat the good wrestlers. I can’t say that we would have definitely won those matches, but we certainly would have put ourselves in a better position to win. It’s something we can correct, we just have to keep working hard and there’s no doubt these guys will.
“All that said, I think this is as good a Maryland team as I’ve seen in a long time,” added Burnett. “Kerry is a phenomenal coach and has done a great job with that program. We gave it our best shot tonight, but came up short.”
In the opening bout of the night, Maryland sophomore Shane Gentry, ranked 20th nationally, scored a three-point nearfall in the second period to turn the match in his favor, as he scored a 6-3 victory over Navy senior Tyler Sackett (Omaha, Neb.) at 125 pounds. For Sackett, it was his first loss in the last four dual matches.
Senior team captain Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) was able to help the Mids pull even in the match by way of a 5-3 victory over 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander. Alexander scored the first points of the match with a takedown with 45 seconds left in the opening period. He rode Kalil for nearly the entire second period before Kalil was finally able to break free with 30 seconds left and then took the go-ahead point with a takedown with just four ticks left in the period. Alexander knotted the score at three apiece with 33 seconds left in the period, as Kalil drove down Alexander’s riding time. Just three seconds after Alexander’s escape, Kalil took Alexander to the mat and scored the match-winning takedown.
The Terps took a 7-3 lead in the match following a 10-2 major decision by Frank Goodwin at 141 pounds. Goodwin put together a pair of takedowns, a three-point nearfall and capped it off with better than three minutes of riding time to deal Navy sophomore Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) his 10th loss of the season.
Navy was able to pull within one following freshman Peyton Walsh’s (Glen Allen, Va.) 4-2 victory over Maryland sophomore Ben Dorsay at 149 pounds. Dorsay scored the initial takedown in the opening period, but Walsh quickly spun out of the hold and then scored the go-ahead takedown with just over a minute left in the period. Walsh tacked on a point for his escape to open the second period and that would be all he needed for his second dual victory of the season.
Maryland delivered a serious blow to the Mids at 157 pounds when junior Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) got out of position and was pinned just 1:36 into the match by the Terrapins’ Kyle John. Barnhisel scored a quick takedown in the match before John wiggled free, but Barnhisel managed to get caught in a vulnerable position with John capitalizing. Along with Sackett, Barnhisel had given the Mids a lift over the last several matches, winning each of his three matches coming into Friday night’s bout.
The John victory sparked a run of three-straight wins by the Terps before Navy senior Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.) was able to temporarily shift the momentum the Mids’ direction. Ranked 13th at 184 pounds, Rebertus used a pair of takedowns, an escape and riding time to hand Maryland sophomore Ty Snook an 8-3 loss, as he improved to 19-9 on the year, including 5-3 in dual competition.
The 197-pound match featured fifth-ranked Christian Boley of Maryland against unranked Paul Rands (Cary, Ill.) of Navy. Rands came out with conviction in his match, jumping out to a 4-2 lead after the first period. A Rands escape pushed his lead to 5-2, but Boley rallied and put together a pair of takedowns and a two-point nearfall at the buzzer to take an 8-6 lead heading into the final period. Boley began the period down, earning the escape in just six seconds and tacked on a takedown to put the match out of reach. Boley, who improved to 24-1 on the year, dealt Rands an 11-7 loss.
Navy junior heavyweight Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) took a 3-0 decision over Maryland’s Dallas Brown in the final bout of the night. Miller scored points off a pair of escapes and was awarded his third point after Brown was twice called for stalling.
Navy will be back in action Sunday afternoon when it travels to New Jersey to take on 24th-ranked Rutgers. Action is set for 1:00 pm at the RAC.
Maryland 23, Navy 12
125 – #20 Shane Gentry (M) win by dec Tyler Sackett (N), 6-3
133 – Aaron Kalil (N) win by dec Geoffrey Alexander (M), 5-3
141 – Frank Goodwin (M) win by major dec Raymond Borja (N), 10-2
149 – Peyton Walsh (N) win by dec Ben Dorsay (M), 4-2
157 – Kyle John (M) win by fall Bobby Barnhisel (N), 1:36
165 – #2 Josh Asper (M) win by dec Mike Brant (N), 9-4
174 – #15 Jimmy Sheptock (M) win by major dec James Mannier (N), 12-2
184 – #13 Luke Rebertus (N) win by dec Ty Snook (M), 8-3
197 – #5 Christian Boley (M) win by dec Paul Rands (N), 11-7
HWT – Dan Miller (N) win by dec Dallas Brown (M), 3-0
Exhibition: 133 - Colton Rasche (N) win by dec Jenkins Monzey (M), 13-8
### Go Navy ###