Navy Wrestling Season Comes to an End at 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship
March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Navy’s wrestling season came to a conclusion on Friday evening, as the Mids’ final two wrestlers competing at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship, bowed out of the double-elimination tournament.
Senior team captain Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) opened the day with an 8-2 victory over Cornell’s Nick Arujau at 133 pounds. Arujau scored the first points of the match, taking Kalil to the mat with 59 seconds remaining in the period and riding him out. Arujau chose to start the second period in the neutral position and Kalil took advantage of it by evening the match with a takedown at the 1:28 mark, followed by a two-point nearfall to take the lead for good at the break. Kalil pushed his lead to 6-2 just seven seconds into the final stanza with a reversal and was awarded a point for the second stall warning on Arujau with just over a minute to go. More than two minutes of riding time accounted for the final point, as Kalil advanced with the win.
Kalil’s hopes of gaining All-America status would fall short, however, in his second match of day, as sixth-seeded Devin Carter scored a 13-4 major decision. Kalil ends his career with a 101-52 record, including a 33-11 mark his senior season. The 101 wins are the 11th most in program history, while the 33 wins are the most by a Navy wrestler at 133 pounds and the 25th most by a Navy wrestler in schol history. He also finished his career wrestling in 153 bouts, the sixth most in Navy history.
In his NCAA Championship debut, junior 174-pound Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) came just one win away from gaining All-America status. After dropping his opening-round match by way of fall to finalist Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford, Huntley regrouped and wrestled his way through the consolation bracket. He opened the day with a tough match, facing eighth-seeded Leroy Munster of Northwestern who he defeated, 2-1. Next up on the docket for Huntley was Missouri’s Dorian Henderson, who he lost to, 3-1, in the opening round of the Southern Scuffle in early January. Huntley turned the tables on Henderson and carded a 3-1 victory over his nationally-ranked foe.
Huntley met up with Illinois’ Jordan Blanton, seeded seventh in the fourth round of wrestlebacks, just one match from qualifying for at minimum the seventh-eighth place match. Blanton erased those All-America hopes for Huntley, however, dealing him a 12-3 loss in a match in which Blanton commanded from the opening whistle. Blanton owned a 6-1 lead after the first period, scoring a pair of takedowns and a nearfall, as he cruised into the consolation quarterfinals.
Huntley finished the season with a 24-12 record and will no doubt have one thing on his mind for the next year. A return trip to the NCAA Championship in 2013.
“I’m really proud of the effort that all four of our wrestlers put forward this weekend,” said Navy head coach Bruce Burnett. “We had some tough draws, but our guys pushed forward and wrestled the best they could. Aaron lost to the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, certainly nothing to hang his head about because they were both pretty darn good wrestlers. Oscar wrestled the No. 3, No. 7 and No. 8 guys in his weight class and stole a win out of there and came up just short of making the podium. Both Bobby Barnhisel and Luke Rebertus wrestled well, they just made a couple of mistakes they were unable to overcome.
“For Luke and Aaron, it’s the end of two great wrestling careers and I am so proud of them. They represented the Naval Academy with great class over the course of four years and both leave the program with more than 100 wins which is a great accomplishment. As for Oscar and Bobby, they both got a taste of what the NCAA Championship is all about and especially Oscar, who fought back with everything he had and almost cashed in on that dream of being on the podium. It’s a tremendous experience for both of them and will pay dividends next year when they come back and lead the team as seniors.”
NAVY WRESTLERS AT THE 82nd NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
133 — Aaron Kalil, Navy dec Nathan Pennesi, West Virginia, 6-3
157 — (8) Frank Hickman, Bloomsburg pinned Bobby Barnhisel, Navy, 2:41
174 — (3) Nick Amuchastegui, Stanford pinned Oscar Huntley, Navy, 2:01
184 — Tony Dallago, Illinois dec Luke Rebertus, Navy, 10-4
133 — (3) Tony Ramos, Iowa dec Aaron Kalil, Navy, 3-1
First-Round Consolation Matches
157 — Aaron Sulzer, Eastern Michigan dec Bobby Barnhisel, Navy, 8-3
174 — Oscar Huntley, Navy dec Quinton Godley, NC State, 5-3
184 — Casey Newburg, Kent State dec Luke Rebertus, Navy, 6-5
Second-Round Consolation Matches
133 — Aaron Kalil, Navy dec N Arujau, Cornell, 8-2
174 — Oscar Huntley, Navy dec (8) Leroy Munster, Northwestern, 2-1
Third-Round Consolation Matches
133 — (6) Devin Carter, Virginia Tech major dec Aaron Kalil, Navy, 13-4
174 — Oscar Huntley, Navy dec Dorian Henderson, Missouri, 3-1
Fourth-Round Consolation Matches
174 — (7) Jordan Blanton, Illinois major dec Oscar Huntley, Navy, 12-3
133 — Aaron Kalil; 33-11 Season, 101-52 Career
157 — Bobby Barnhisel; 17-12 Season, 35-21 Career
174 — Oscar Huntley; 24-12 Season, 56-31 Career
184 — Luke Rebertus; 29-13 Season, 102-37 Career
### Go Navy ###