March 21, 2013
* Complete brackets were unavailable at press time.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Navy wrestlers remain active at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship, including senior Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) who captured his 30th victory this season with an opening-round victory at 184 pounds. Additionally, junior 149-pound Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) is making his way through the consolation bracket after dropping his second-round match.
Borja got things started on a positive note for the Mids, as he dealt Clarion’s Tyler Bedelyon a 9-7 loss in what was the first match of the day for the Mids. The two wrestlers had previously met at the season-opening Knight Point Open where Bedelyon got the best of Borja in a 3-1 win in the second round. Borja, however, was able to turn the match in his favor at the national tournament where he advanced to face another familiar foe in Kevin Tao of American in the second round.
Borja and Tao each had a win over the other, as Tao scored a 7-4 victory over Borja in the annual dual, while Borja beat Tao in sudden victory, 5-3, at the EIWA Championship to advance to the third-place match.
Borja scored early on Tao, but gave up an escape late in the opening period. Borja was able to get free to start the second period, but with under a minute to go in the period, Tao knotted the match at 3-3 with a takedown, followed by a 3-point nearfall to take a 6-3 advantage heading into the final period. Tao added an escape and a takedown en route to capturing a 9-3 decision over Borja and bouncing the Navy junior to the consolation bracket.
Central Michigan’ Donnie Corby will face Borja in Friday’s second-round consolation match.
Bailey captured his 30th win of the season by way of a 5-2 decision over Michigan State’s John Rizqallah, who came into the tournament with a 23-9 record. Bailey jumped out early with a takedown and a 2-point nearfall and never looked back as he posted a 5-2 win to advance in the championship bracket.
Bailey’s second-round opponent was a familiar one, as Steve Bosak easily defeated the Navy senior (7-1) just two weeks prior in the championship bout of the EIWA Tournament. Bosak, the fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, was pushed by Bailey in Thursday evening’s match. After a scoreless opening period, Bosak rode Bailey out the entire second period to earn riding time. Bosak, meanwhile, chalked up the escape nine seconds into the third period, but Bailey was unable to get anything going and succumbed to the reigning EIWA Champion, 2-0, to fall to the consolation bracket.
Ohio State’s Cody Magrum will face Bailey in Friday’s second-round consolation match.
Senior 157-pound Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) opened the tournament with a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Northern Iowa’s David Bonin and drew a bout against fourth-seeded James Green of Nebraska in the consolation round. Green was upset by unseeded Kyle Bradley of Missouri in the opener in the second tie breaker, 6-5. Barnhisel’s career came to an end as he bowed out of the tournament by way of a 21-6 tech fall against Green.
Indiana’s Ryan Leblanc won his pigtail match over Michael Ottinger of Central Michigan via a tie breaker for the right to face sophomore 165-pound Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) in the first round. Leblanc cruised to a 6-1 victory over Walsh, sending the first-time NCAA qualifer to the consolation match where he would face Ohio State’s Mark Martin. Martin scored a takedown just 18 seconds into his match with the Navy youngester and by the end of the second period owned a 4-1 advantage with better than 3:30 in riding time. Martin ended Walsh’s season with a 6-1 loss.
Rookie 174-pound Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.) earned the 12th seed in the tournament, but fell out of the competition after just two matches. Miller narrowly lost his opener to three-time NCAA qulifier John-Martin Cannon of Buffalo, 5-4. In the consolation bracket he would meet Virginia Tech’s Austin Gabel, who lost his pigtail match to Wyoming’s Lee Helbig in sudden victory, but went on to defeat Kent’s Sam Wheeler, 10-6, to advance in the tournament. Miller and Gabel were scoreless after period one and each wrestler scored an escape to start their respective periods, Gabel in the second and Miller in the third. But late in the final stanza, Gabel was able to get Miller to the mat, scoring the go-ahead takedown and a 2-point nearfall for a 5-1 win over Miller.
Dan Miller (Sr./Berlin, Md.), the 2013 EIWA Heavyweight Champion, was dealt a tough 2-0 loss in his opener against 10th-seeded Jarod Trice. The two were scoreless after the first period, but Trice rode out Miller in the second and broke free in the third to go up 1-0. Trice tacked on a point for his nearly two minutes of riding time to take the match, 2-0. Miller’s heart break would not end in the first round, however, as he dropped a 5-4 decision to Virginia Tech’s David Marone in a tie breaker. Miller fell behind 1-0 going into the final period, but took the lead after an escape and a takedown with just 25 seconds left in the match. Marone, however, was able to score the reversal just before the final whistle to send the match into extra minutes. Neither wrestler was able to score in sudden victory, sending the match into two 30-second tie breaker periods. Miller jumped ahead with an escape just before the first 30-second period ended, however, Marone was able to survive the match with a takedown to win it, 5-4.
NCAA Tournament action resumes Friday at 10:00 am (central) with the championship quarterfinals, as well as the second and third rounds of the wrestlebacks.
NAVY WRESTLERS AT THE 83rd NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
149 — Raymond Borja, Navy dec Tyler Bedelyon, Clarion, 9-7
157 — David Bonin, Northern Iowa dec Bobby Barnhisel, Navy, 1-0
165 — Ryan Leblanc, Indiana dec Peyton Walsh, Navy, 6-1
174 — John-Martin Cannon, Buffalo dec (12) Mathew Miller, Navy, 5-4
184 — Mason Bailey, Navy dec John Rizqallah, Michigan State, 5-2
285 — (10) Jarod Trice, Central Michigan dec Dan Miller, Navy, 2-0
149 — Kevin Tao, American dec Raymond Borja, Navy, 9-3
184 — (4) Steve Bosak, Cornell dec Mason Bailey, Navy, 2-0
First-Round Consolation Matches
157 — (4) James Green, Nebraska tech fall Bobby Barnhisel, Navy, 21-6 (6:04)
165 — Mark Martin, Ohio State dec Peyton Walsh, Navy, 6-1
174 — Austin Gabel, Virginia Tech dec Mathew Miller, Navy, 5-1
285 — David Marone, Virginia Tech dec Dan Miller, Navy, 5-4 TB
149 — Raymond Borja; 23-8 Season, 35-24 Career
157 — Bobby Barnhisel; 32-8 Season, 67-27 Career
165 — Peyton Walsh; 28-13 Season, 42-24 Career
174 — Mathew Miller; 24-7 Season, 24-7 Career
184 — Mason Bailey; 30-14 Season, 74-45 Career
285 — Dan Miller; 21-13 Season, 66-41 Career
### Go Navy ###