Dec. 15, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy wrestling team won nine of the 10 bouts, including the first seven, to score a 33-3 victory over Boston University on Saturday evening at Case Gym in Boston. While it was the first dual of the season for the Midshipmen, Boston U. dropped to 1-5 on the year.
“We had a tough week of exams and then came up here and the guys did a great job of focusing in on their matches. We expect a lof out of them and I’m proud they were able to get it done and perform well on both fronts,” said Navy interim head coach Brian Antonelli.
The inaugural match between the two programs began at 184 pounds where Navy senior captain James Mannier (Troy, Ohio) easily handed Boston U. senior Eric Des Lauriers who was wrestling up a class, 11-4. It was Mannier’s first career dual victory and his first dual appearance since his sophomore year.
Navy was able to nearly put the match out of the reach over the next handful of matches, as junior 197-pound Paul Rands (Cary, Ill.) and freshman 125-pound Brenden Campbell (New Castle, Ind.) were able to pin their respective opponents. Rands won his eighth career match by fall when he took Aaron Conrad to the mat and won in 4:41, while Campbell pinned Boston U. senior Bubba McGinley in under two minutes. Three of Campbell’s six wins this season have come by fall.
Meanwhile, sandwiched between the two Navy pins was a huge win by Navy heavyweight Colynn Cook (Murrysville, Pa.). Cook and Boston U.’s Kevin Innis entered the final period deadlocked at 2-2, but Cook scored a three-point near fall and used riding time to capture a 6-2 decision in his first collegiate dual appearance.
“Colynn was impressive in the fact that he got down in his match, stayed focused and fought back against a kid that is ranked in our conference and is an NCAA qualifier,” added Antonelli.
Midway through the match, Navy owned a 21-0 lead after junior 133-pound Colton Rashe (Plano, Ill.) picked up an 8-4 win over sophomore Dane Harlowe. Rasche, who improved to 14-5 on the year, joined the national rankings this past week where he stands 19th. Harlowe, meanwhile, was an NCAA qualifier a year ago and beat Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon, 1-0, in dual action earlier this season.
Senior Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) held BU junior Tyler Scotton off the scoreboard en route to a 2-0 victory at 141 pounds, while 2013 NCAA qualifier Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) made his season debut after being sidelined with an injury over the first month of action. Borja, who was phenomenal a year ago with a 24-9 record and made his first trip to the NCAA Tournament, picked up a 6-4 win over BU senior Nick Tourville.
Boston U. earned its lone victory in the match at 157 pounds where 12th-ranked Nestor Taffur was able to hold off Navy senior Zach Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.). Taffur built what would be a crucial two minutes of riding time in the second period, but an escape with just three seconds left in the period pulled Johnson even in the match at 2-2. Johnson took a 5-4 advantage in the match with an escape and takedown in the third period, but was unable to ride out Taffur who was able to break free and evened the match at 5-5. Taffur improved to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in dual action thanks to the riding time he gained in the second period for a 6-5 victory.
“Zach was in a position to win that match. He was in on his legs with a short time left and I think had he had just a little bit longer he may have been able to get two points,” said Antonelli. “Zach has come so far from his Plebe year and just continues to progress. I’m really proud of him.”
Junior Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) and senior Johnny Watson (Lexington, N.C.) closed out the match for the Mids with 11-4 and 6-1 victories at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Walsh was nearly unstoppable a year ago in dual action, as he posted a 6-1 record. He now stands 10-4 in dual competitions over his career. Meanwhile, it was Watson’s first dual appearance, as he replaced an ailing Mathew Miller in the lineup at 174 pounds.
The Midshipmen will be off from competition until the turn of the calendar when they travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. to take part in the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.
Navy 33, Boston University 3
184 – James Mannier (Navy) dec. Eric Des Lauriers (BU), 11-4
197 – Paul Rands (Navy) pinned Aaron Conrad (BU), 4:41
285 – Colynn Cook (Navy) dec. Kevin Innis (BU), 6-2
125 – Brenden Campbell (Navy) pinned Bubba McGinley (BU), 1:46
133 – #19 Colton Rasche (Navy) dec. Dane Harlowe (BU), 8-4
141 – Joe Locksmith (Navy) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU), 2-0
149 – Raymond Borja (Navy) dec. Nick Tourville (BU), 6-4
157 – #12 Nestor Taffur (BU) dec. Zach Johnson, 6-5 RT
165 – Peyton Walsh (Navy) dec. Mitchell Wightman (BU), 11-4
174 – Johnny Watson (Navy) dec. Colin Saunders (BU), 6-1
### Go Navy ###