Three Individual Champions Lift Wrestling to Navy Classic Title
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy wrestling team won the 40th Annual Navy Classic on Saturday at Wesley Brown Field House behind a strong team effort which featured three individual champions. It is the first team championship in the Navy Classic for the Midshipmen since winning seven of eight titles from 2004 to 2011.
“The team is the highlight of today’s victory at the Navy Classic,” head coach Joel Sharratt said after the competition. “We competed hard at all 10 weight classes and when this team does that great things are going to happen.”
The Midshipmen posted a team score of 112.5 to win the event. Purdue finished second with a combined tally of 100.5, just ahead of Old Dominion (98.5). Indiana (81.5) and Princeton (74.5) rounded out the top five of the field.
Gil competed in four matches in the 141-pound weight class on the day, recording a pair of major decisions. After starting the day with a bye, the junior posted an 8-0 major decision to advance. Gil notched a 2-0 decision against Jack Mutchnik from American to move to the semifinals. He advanced to the finals with an 8-3 decision over Indiana’s Cole Weaver. In the championship, Gil defeated Old Dominion’s Alex Madrigal with a major decision, 11-2.
“Standout performance was Nick Gil who wrestled extremely strong all the way through today’s event,” Sharratt said. “He was our most dominant wrestler in the finals and he still has more skill to develop.”
Bernstein was the Mids’ top performer at 174, going 5-0 on the day to win the individual championship. The senior opened the day with back-to-back major decision victories, beating Bucknell’s Frank Guida (W, 14-4) and Brown’s Andrew LaBrie (W, 13-5). Bernstein continued with a 7-3 decision over Dylan Barreiro of Kent State in the quarterfinals before notching a 5-1 decision over Seldon Wright of ODU in the semifinals. In the finals, Bernstein edged Indiana’s Devin Skatzka, 5-3, to win the title.
In the 165-pound weight class, Daniels posted five victories to win the championship. He opened the day with a 6-3 decision against Brendan May of George Mason, advancing to take on Ben Schram of ODU, who advanced via a bye. Against Schram, Daniels notched a 3-1 sudden victory to move ahead in the bracket to face Austin Reese of Ohio. The senior earned a one-point victory (4-3) to advance to the semifinals, where he defeated Campbell’s Quentin Perez. In the finals, Daniels registered a sudden victory (3-1) over Indian’s Bryce Martin to claim the weight class.
“Bernstein and Daniel had great days. This was Bernstein’s first event since our opening weekend and he started a little slow but his finals match was true Bernstein style that did not allow his opener to even get a handful of shots attempted. Daniels has to feel great about his day. He opened up and wrestled his matches today and brought home a hard for guy victory in the finals via OT.”
Brant Leadbeter (Owings, Md.) was the top performer in the 125-weight class, advancing to the quarterfinals before moving to the consolation bracket. Cody Trybus (Elkton, Md.) picked up four wins on the day out of the consolation bracket at 133, while Corey Wilding (Pittsburgh, Pa.) notched a win in the round of 32 of the 149-pound weight class and four victories in the consolation bracket. Zack Davis (Granger, Ind.) was the top performer at 157, nothing a pair of Ws in the round of 32 and 16 before advancing through the consolation bracket to claim fifth place. Michael Coleman (Hudson, Ohio) came up just short in the 184 group, falling to Christian Lafragola of Brown, 8-6, in the championship. At 197, Joshua Roetman (Kotzebue, Alaska) posted a pair of wins on the day, while Austin Faunce (Lake Oswego, Ore.) picked up two wins at 285.
“Great team work,” Sharratt added. “They have earned a nice Thanksgiving week of recovery in preparation for the Cliff Keen.”
Navy will next be in action at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on the weekend of Dec. 1-2.