Navy Wrestlers Bow Out of NCAA Championship
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Navy’s wrestling season came to a close on Friday evening, as Nicholas Gil (Jr / 141 / Crystal Lake, Ill.), Drew Daniels (Sr / 165 / Overland Park, Kan.), Jadaen Bernstein (Sr / 174 / Glen Gardner, N.J.) and Michael Coleman (Sr / 184 / Hudson, Ohio) bowed out with a pair of losses at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championship held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Three of the four Navy wrestlers entered the day having already lost one match and fighting their way through the wrestlebacks, while Bernstein remained in the championship bracket where he would face top-seeded and undefeated Zahid Valencia of Arizona State in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Valencia showed exactly why he is the favorite to win as he used just 38 seconds to pin Bernstein and advance to the semis.
Eighth-seeded Bernstein moved to the back side where he met 11th-seeded David Kocer of South Dakota State in the “blood round.” After a scoreless opening period, Kocer rode out Bernstein the full two minutes. The third period, however, would be an active one as Kocer took a 1-0 lead with the early escape. Bernstein used a counter shot to get Kocer on the mat for two, but Kocer evened the match at 2-2 with the escape just five seconds later. Bernstein got in on what looked to be the match-winning takedown with 33 seconds left, but Kocer was able to wiggle free to nearly turn Bernstein at the buzzer, but was instead awarded the point on the edge for the escape. Kocer had built 1:17 in riding time, giving him the match-tying point to send it into extra minutes.
Despite an incredible scramble by Bernstein in sudden victory, neither wrestler was able to score and the match moved into two 30-second tie breakers. Kocer, incredibly strong on the top position, once again rode out Bernstein for the first 30 seconds. Bernstein, however, did not have enough gas left in the tank and Kocer got out of his grasp with 16 seconds left for the match-winning point (5-4 TB).
Bernstein graduates with a career mark of 113-44 which ranks as the eighth-most win in program history and the most since Bryce Saddoris set the record with 147 from 2008-10. He posted an 8-7 all-time mark at the NCAA Championship as one of just seven wrestlers in school history to qualify for four NCAA Championships. He finishes the season wth a 24-7 record.
Coleman, meanwhile, opened his day with a dominating 17-5 win over Lock Haven’s Corey Hazel. He produced five takedowns and a pair of 2-point nearfalls en route to the Friday morning victory. For a second year in a row, Coleman would move on to face Brown’s Christian LaFragola in the championship as the two met in the third round of consolations. Coleman found himself trailing 1-0 going into the third period, but the third period saw a scramble of points. Coleman knotted the match just four seconds into the third with an escape before scoring the go-ahead takedown on the edge of the mat with 23 seconds left. Hazel escaped with 11 seconds remaining, but Coleman would take him back down on the mat and get back points to go up 7-2 with five seconds left. LaFragola was awarded an escape as time expired, but Coleman took the 7-3 victory and advanced to the “blood round” for the first time in his career.
Minutes after seeing Bernstein lose a heartbreaker, Coleman stepped to the mat to face North Carolina’s Chip Ness. Coleman got on the scoreboard first with a takedown with just 10 seconds left in the opening period. Ness, however, would close to within one with a second period escape, as the two wrestlers went into the third with the Navy veteran holding a 2-1 lead. Prior to the start of the third period, Coleman looked dazed and was taken to the back for a concussion protocol. Approximately five minutes elapsed before Coleman returned to the mat and finished out the match. He took a 3-1 lead with an escape 41 seconds into the period, but Ness not only got the takedown with under 40 seconds to go, he was able to get back points to pull ahead 5-3. Coleman was able to get to his feet for the escape, but it was not enough in what would be his final appearance in a Navy uniform, succumbing to Ness, 5-4.
Coleman finished the year with a spectacular 34-8 record which stands as the 25th-most wins in a single season by a Navy wrestler. He posted an 86-42 career record, including a 56-17 mark his final two seasons.
Gil opened Friday with a 3-2 decision over George Mason’s Tejon Anthony. He scored the opening points of the match with a takedown just eight seconds in and never trailed. He bowed out of the tournament in the consolation third round with a 5-4 loss to 11th-seeded Michael Carr of Illinois.
Gil finished the season with the second-best record on the team at 32-10 and will enter his senior year with a 78-33 career mark.
Daniels also opened Friday’s action with a victory, defeating Brown’s Jon Viruet, 5-3. Deadlocked at two apiece going into the third period, Daniels scored the match-winning escape 29 seconds in before throwing Viruet for the takedown with under a minute to go. Daniels would find himself in a rematch of the EIWA semis against Cornell’s Jon Jay Chavez with Chavez shutting out Daniels in a 4-0 win.
Daniels closes his career with 70-44 mark, including a 28-7 record this season. It’s the first time in his four seasons he has reached 20 wins and the first tme he has had single digit losses.
141 - (14) Nicholas Gil
• def Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State / Dec / 9-6
• lost to (1) Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell / Major / 13-4
• def Tejon Anthony, George Mason / Dec / 3-2
• lost to (11) Michael Carr, Illinois / Dec / 5-4
149 - Jared Prince
• lost to (2) Brandon Sorensen, Iowa / Dec / 11-6
• lost to Cortlandt Schuyler, Lehigh / Dec / 4-3
165 - Drew Daniels
• lost to (10) Evan Wick, Wisconsin / Dec / 11-4
• def Nate Higgins, SIU Edwardsville / Dec / 5-4
• def Jon Viruet, Brown / Dec / 5-3
• lost to (16) Jon Jay Chavez, Cornell / Dec / 4-0
174 - (8) Jadaen Bernstein
• def Ty Schoffstall, Edinboro / Dec / 8-4
• def (9) Keaton Subjeck, Stanford / Dec / 12-10 SV
• lost to (1) Zahid Valencia, Arizona State / Fall / 0:38
• lost to (11) David Kocer, South Dakota State / Dec / 5-4 TB
184 - Michael Coleman
• lost to (6) Zachary Zavatsky, Virginia Tech / Dec / 9-2
• def Alex DeCiantis, Drexel / Dec / 7-2
• def Corey Hazel, Lock Haven / Major / 17-5
• def Christian LaFragola, Brown / Dec / 7-3
• lost to Chip Ness, North Carolina / Dec / 5-4
### Go Navy ###