Dec. 10, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy wrestling team (1-0) opened the dual portion of its schedule Friday evening by defeating EIWA foe Franklin & Marshall, 32-13, at Halsey Field House in Annapolis. The Midshipmen won seven of the 10 bouts, including five straight in the middle of the match.
"It was nice to be at home," said Navy head coach Bruce Burnett, who has amassed a 97-47 record in his 11 seasons at the Academy. "We are getting closer to final exams, so I think it was important for us to be at home this weekend as our wrestlers prepare for next week.
"We've had some distractions recently and I think it showed a little bit tonight. But I think we fought through it and had some good to go along with the bad. We have some very smart kids on this team, but we seem to be making the same mistakes over and over. We have to correct that for them to be successful and at the end of the day, that is what I am hopeful for. For each of our wrestlers to reach their potential and enjoy great success."
The Diplomats opened the match in a big hole, forfeiting the 125-pound bout to Navy freshman Jericho Urmenita (Auburn, Wash.) as Navy took a 6-0 lead. Franklin & Marshall battle its way back into the match by winning back-to-back matches at 133 and 141 pounds to take a 9-6 lead after three bouts. Senior Jake Bucha kept his unblemished record intact by earning a 12-8 win over Navy senior Allen Stein (Portland, Maine) at 133 pounds. Bucha, who is now 8-0 on the year, recorded five takedowns in the match, including four in the opening period. Meanwhile, F&M's Kenny Knapp scored a surprise pin over Navy rookie Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) at 4:31. With the match tied up at two apiece in the second period, Locksmith had control of Knapp, but an over-aggressive move cost the Navy youngster the match as Knapp quickly put him on his back for the pinfall.
"I think Joe got a little frustrated in his match and when he got his opponent in a position he wanted, he rushed it," said Burnett. "In getting in a hurry he got caught and made a mistake that cost him the match. He can learn from it ... he needs to learn from it because that could be a more costly error in the future."
Though Navy trailed after three bouts, the Mids quickly bounced back and took control of the match. Sophomore 149-pound Eric Filipowicz (Elkridge, Md.) gained an early 4-1 lead after one and pushed it to 7-1 after two periods. Filipowicz began the cat-and-mouse game with F&M's Andrew Murano by taking him to the mat and allowing the escape time and time again. In fact, Filipowicz scored three takedowns in the final period and added on more than three minutes of riding time to score the 14-4 major decision to give the Mids the lead for good. It was Filipowicz's first-career dual match.
Senior team captain Bryce Saddoris (Spring Creek, Nev.) showed no mercy in his match against F&M sophomore Eric Norgard. Saddoris built a 7-1 lead at the end of the first period and nearly had Norgard pinned in the opening minute of the match. Norgard held on, but only for a short time, as Saddoris took him down to the mat quickly to start the second period and won by pinfall at the 3:09 mark. Saddoris, who is ranked sixth nationally at 157 pounds, is now 14-1 on the year and 124-33 over his four seasons at Navy.
Turning in a 14-3 win by major decision was Navy sophomore 165-pounder Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.). Barnhisel built at 6-1 advantage through the first period and pushed the lead to 11-1 by the end of two. He recorded four takedowns, a two-point nearfall and three-point nearfall en route to winning his first-collegiate dual.
Coming off a spectacular performance at last week's Nittany Lion Open that saw him place fifth, sophomore Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) continued his success on the mat with an 8-1 victory over F&M's Matt Fullowan. Huntley kept Fullowan off the scoreboard until the early seconds of the third period, but Huntley would get the final points of the match with a takedown with under 30 seconds to wrestle and a point for his two minutes of riding time. It was Huntley's first dual appearance after suffering a season-ending knee injury a year ago in what was just his third tournament of his career.
Navy capped off its five-match winning streak with a pin by 18th-ranked Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.) at 184 pounds. Rebertus, who improved to 11-2 with the win, had built a 4-1 lead just over two minutes into the match when he was able to maneuver Matt Latessa to the mat and pinned him at the 2:18 mark.
The Diplomats would slow the Mids momentarily with a 13-5 major decision by Colin Ely over sophomore Chance Rauscher at 197 pounds.
And in one of the more evenly-fought matches, Navy senior Mike Landis (Hershey, Pa.) scored a 3-2 win over F&M's Dan Canfield. Following a scoreless opening period, Landis produced the first point of the bout on an escape to open the second. Canfield would knot the match with an escape of his own to open the third. But as time began to wind down, Landis took a lunging shot at Canfield, bringing him down for the takedown with 1:01 remaining. Looking to have things in control, Canfield was awarded a point for an escape despite appearing to be out of the scoring vicinity. Canfield was within a point at 3-2 with 11 seconds to go, but Landis was able to hang on for his first-career dual win.
"I really want to compliment Mike Rogers on the job he is doing at Franklin & Marshall in his first year," added Burnett. "I could see the improvement his wrestlers made from just a month ago when we wrestled against them at the Navy Classic. He's really doing a good job with that program."
The Midshipmen return to action next Sunday night when they travel back to the state of Nevada to take part in The Reno Tournament of Champions.
Navy 32, Franklin & Marshall 13
Dec. 10, 2010 Halsey Field House Annapolis, Md.
125 - Jericho Urmenita (N) won by forfeit 6-0
133 - Jake Bucha (FM) won by dec. Allen Stein (N), 12-8 6-3
141 - Kenny Knapp (FM) won by fall Joe Locksmith (N), 4:31 6-9
149 - Eric Filipowicz (N) won by major dec. Andrew Murano (FM), 14-4 10-9
157 - #6 Bryce Saddoris (N) won by fall Eric Norgard (FM), 3:09 16-9
165 - Bobby Barnhisel (N) won by major dec. Anthony Bongarzone (FM), 14-3 20-9
174 - Oscar Huntley (N) won by dec. Matt Fullowan (FM), 8-1 23-9
184 - #18 Luke Rebertus (N) won by fall Matt Latessa (FM), 2:18 29-9
197 - Colin Ely (FM) won by major dec. Chance Rauscher (N), 13-5 29-13
HWT - Mike Landis (N) won by dec. Dan Canfield (FM), 3-2 32-13
### Go Navy ###