Army-Navy Wrestling Goes Down to the Wire
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Army freshman heavyweight Bobby Heald earned a 2-1 victory in the second 30-second tie-breaker to lead the Black Knights (3-6, 1-3 EIWA) to an 18-15 victory over the Navy wrestling team (8-3, 3-2 EIWA) in the annual Star Match held Friday evening at Alumni Hall. Army won five of the final six matches to overcome a nine-point deficit midway through the competition.
“As a team, we did not win the hustle award tonight and that is a big factor when you’re in a rivalry competition,” said fourth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt. “The Academy really showed up for Navy wrestling tonight and the environment in Alumni Hall was electric. This is the type of environment that has to raise your level of competition, it has to elevate your game to the next level and we did not do that in 10 weight classes tonight.”
After dropping a tough one-point decision at 125 pounds, Navy went on to win three in a row, including a bonus-point win by sophomore 149-pound Jared Prince (Safety Harbor, Fla.). Navy freshman Cody Trybus (Elkton, Md.) kicked off the streak at 133 pounds with a 6-2 decision over fellow rookie Lane Peters, who he held scoreless in the final two periods.
“I was very impressed with the heart and execution Cody Trybus left on the mat tonight,” said Sharratt.
Junior Nicholas Gil Crystal Lake, Ill.), ranked 20th at 141 pounds, broke a 3-3 tie in the third period with an escape and extended his lead with a takedown and riding time for the 7-3 victory over Army junior Austin Harry. Gil is now 2-0 all-time in the Star Match.
Prince, who also improved to 2-0 in the Star Match,, manhandled Army freshman Will Lucie, building a 12-0 lead before pinning him at 4:33 to give the Mids a 12-3 advantage through four matches.
“Jared Prince also delivered big bonus points,” added Sharratt. “He wrestled line to line, whistle to whistle against a guy who just wanted to keep it close. He kept constant pressure and utilized his incredible awareness when he gets guys near their back.”
The momentum began to shift in favor of the Black Knights when sophomore Lucas Weiland used a pair of second-period takedowns to build a 4-1 advantage over Navy senior Zack Davis (Granger, Ind.) at 157 pounds en route to the 5-1 decision. Army followed up with a 6-3 victory at 165 pounds with the Black Knights’ lone senior, Andrew Mendel, defeating Navy senior Drew Daniels (Overland Park, Kan.).
Army managed to pull even with three matches to go when sophomore Ben Harvey used an escape in the final 33 seconds of the match to upset eighth-ranked Navy senior Jadaen Bernstein (Sr / Glen Gardner, N.J.) at 174 pounds. Bernstein came into the match with a remarkable 24-4 career record in duals.
Senior 184-pound Michael Coleman (Hudson, Ohio) put the Mids back on top behind his 4-0 decision over Noah Stewart, but Army again drew even with a 2-1 decision by Black Knights junior Rocco Caywood who would win his match over Navy 197-pound senior Steban Cervantes (Poway, Calif.) thanks to his 1:08 in riding time.
Deadlocked at 15 apiece, Heald of Army and Austin Faunce (Sr / Lake Oswego, Ore.) of Navy stepped to the mat to settle the score. Both would be credited with an escape in their respective periods in which they began in the down position, forcing extra minutes. Neither wrestler scored in sudden victory, forcing a pair of 30-second tie-breakers. Faunce was unable to get free from the grasp of Heald in the first 30 seconds, however, Heald wiggled free in the final 17 seconds of the second tie-breaker to clinch the Star for the Black Knights.
“This result is not something we can change, so we learn from it and we remember the feeling of this night when training is tough or we think we have done enough,” said Sharratt. “We can only use this for motivation to pursue our EIWA and NCAA goals.”
Navy will have nearly two weeks to prepare for the 2018 EIWA Championship slated for March 3-4. Hofstra will serve as the host with action taking place at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Opening-day action is set for 11:00 am, while Sunday’s semifinals and wrestlebacks are due to start at 10:00 am.
Army 18, Navy 15
125 | Trey Chalifoux dec over Aslan Kilic (NAVY), 6-5
133 | Cody Trybus (NAVY) dec over Lane Peters, 6-2
141 | #20 Nicholas Gil (NAVY) dec over Austin Harry, 7-3
149 | Jared Prince (NAVY) fall over Will Lucie, 4:33
157 | Lucas Weiland dec over Zack Davis (NAVY), 5-1
165 | Andrew Mendel dec over #20 Drew Daniels (NAVY), 6-3
174 | Ben Harvey dec over #8 Jadaen Bernstein (NAVY), 7-6
184 | #18 Michael Coleman (NAVY) dec over Noah Stewart, 4-0
197 | Rocco Caywood dec over Steban Cervantes (NAVY), 2-1
285 | Bobby Heald dec over Austin Faunce (NAVY), 2-1 TB2
### Go Navy ###