Jan. 18, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy wrestling team (1-1) returns to the mat on Saturday when it makes the short trip to College Park to face in-state rival Maryland (9-4) at the Comcast Pavilion with action beginning at 7:00 pm. Live scoring will be provided via TrackWrestling.com(.)
The Mids, who spent the better half of November and December competing in tournaments, are just two weeks into their dual slate. Navy is coming off a tough 19-15 decision to longtime EIWA rival Lehigh last Saturday in Annapolis. Over the next month, Navy will face North Carolina (Jan. 25), Rutgers (Jan. 26) and American (Feb. 9) at home before closing out its dual ledger at West Point on Feb. 24 where it will battle arch rival in the Star Match.
As has been the case the entire season, Navy has struggled to find wins in its lower weight classes while the upper weights have flourished. Last weekend against Lehigh, the Mids fell behind early in the match as the Mountain Hawks won four of the first five matches. Navy’s lone win during the span was a 6-2 victory by 141-pound Alex Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.) who stepped in and put together a strong performance in a backup role.
While Navy split the final six matches of the bout (157-285), all three of its losses could have been victories including two matches where controversial calls/no calls were made. At 157 pounds, Navy senior Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.), ranked 14th nationally this week, looked to have pinned third-ranked Joey Napoli, but the referee did not see it that way and Napoli earned a 6-2 win in the match. Meanwhile, 174-pound Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.), ranked 14th, was called for an illegal hold which significantly changed the momentum in the match, but an illegal hold against Miller that had the entire Navy bench area on its feet went upon deaf ears. Miller was edged out by 13th-ranked Nathaniel Brown in what was just the third loss by the Navy rookie this season. And at 184 pounds, senior Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) put together a solid plan, but he was narrowly defeated by third-ranked Robert Hamlin, 4-2.
Navy did, however, score victories at 165, 197 and 285 pounds, including a huge point-gainer by sophomore Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) who pinned Lehigh’s Ben Haas at 165 pounds. Senior Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) outlasted John Bolich at 197 pounds via a 3-2 win, while Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) scored a 7-2 victory over Jack Delia in the second sudden victory period.
Navy leads the series against Maryland, 49-11-3, however the Terps have gotten the best of the Mids in recent years, winning four of the last five meetings. Navy’s last win in the series was a 19-14 decision on Jan. 22, 2010, in Annapolis. The last time the Mids beat the Terps in College Park was Jan. 10, 2007, when Navy was ranked 25th and won seven of the 10 matches to earn a 25-12 victory. Last year the two teams traded victories in the first four matches before Maryland went on to win four of the final six bouts including two bonus-point victories to post a 23-12 win over the Mids at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.
The only likely rematch from last year’s dual will come at heavyweight where Navy’s Dan Miller dealt the Terps’ Dallas Brown a 3-0 loss.
The Terps are led by fifth-year head coach Kerry McCoy, who will put four nationally-ranked wrestlers onto the mat Saturday evening including a pair of top-six competitors in their respective weight. Junior Jimmy Sheptock enters the weekend with a 26-3 record at 184 pounds and is unbeaten in dual action at 13-0. He has won each of his last five bouts. Sixth-ranked Josh Asper has just one blemish on his record, a 3-1 sudden victory loss to then sixth-ranked Jordan Blanton of Illinois. Asper owns an 8-1 record this season at 174 pounds. Junior Christian Boley has amassed a 14-6 record at 197 pounds and is ranked 15th, while 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander has put together a 13-6 mark this winter.
Maryland owns a 9-4 record this season which includes a win over 22nd-ranked Purdue (20-19) and an 18-17 win over 14th-ranked Nebraska, while suffering losses to fifth-ranked Illinois (31-6), sixth-ranked Ohio State (34-3), 17th-ranked Pitt (23-12) and 20th-ranked Bloomsburg (22-15). Last Saturday the Terps won three duals, taking wins over Harvard (22-14), Stanford (27-12) and Brown (27-6).
Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Patrick Prada - So, Laurel, Md. (15-6, 0-1) -OR- Jericho Urmenita - Jr, Auburn, Wash. (10-10, 0-1)
• 133 - Colton Rasche - So, Plano, Ill. (13-8, 1-1) -OR- Quentin Leadbeter - So, Owings, Md. (8-8, 0-0)
• 141 - Joe Locksmith - Jr, Kissimmee, Fla. (12-9, 1-0) -OR- Alex Johnson - Jr, Memphis, Tenn. (16-7, 1-0)
• 149 - Zach Basich - Sr, Wheeling, W.Va. (10-7, 0-0) -OR- Ben Hunter - Jr, Harrisonville, Mo. (6-5, 1-1) -OR- Trey Duncan - Fr, Spring Grove, Pa. (7-4, 0-0)
• 157 - #14 Bobby Barnhisel - Sr, River Forest, Ill. (22-5, 1-1) -OR- Bobby Burg - Fr, Gasport, N.Y. (9-7, 0-0)
• 165 - Peyton Walsh - So, Glen Allen, Va. (18-8, 2-0) -OR- Matt Jackson - Sr, Rising Sun, Md. (12-7, 0-0)
• 174 - #14 Mathew Miller - Fr, Edgewood, Md. (15-3, 1-1) -OR- William Miller - Fr, Chinook, Mont. (16-8, 0-0)
• 184 - #20 Mason Bailey - Sr, Fairmont, W.Va. (21-10, 1-1) -OR- James Mannier - Jr., Troy, Ohio (17-9, 0-0)
• 197 - Oscar Huntley - Sr, Stafford, Va. (18-7, 2-0)
• 285 - Dan Miller - Sr, Berlin, Md. (14-8, 2-0) -OR- Brendan Kahle - So, Abingdon, Md. (7-10, 0-0)
Projected Maryland Lineup
• 125 - Shane Gentry - Jr, Stafford, Va. (13-6, 8-4) -OR- Paul O’Neill - RS Fr, Bethesda, Md. (5-4, 0-2)
• 133 - #19 Geoffrey Alexander - So, Pittsburgh, Pa. (13-6, 9-2)
• 141 - Frank Goodwin - Jr, Pasadena, Md. (6-6, 4-4) -OR- Shane Arechiga - So, Silver Spring, Md. (15-8, 3-0)
• 149 - Lou Mascola - So, East Hanover, N.J. (8-6, 3-3)
• 157 - Danny Orem - Jr, Glen Burnie, Md. (4-8, 3-5)
• 165 - Josh Snook - RS Fr, Bear, Del. (5-13, 1-9) -OR- Domenic DeRobertis - Jr, Malvern, Pa. (3-2, 1-2)
• 174 - #6 Josh Asper - Sr, Parkton, Md. (8-1, 5-1)
• 184 - #6 Jimmy Sheptock - Jr, Northampton, Pa. (26-3, 13-0)
• 197 - #15 Christian Boley - Jr, Brockport, N.Y. (14-6, 6-3)
• 285 - Dallas Brown - Jr, Wollsville, Pa. (7-4, 4-2)
### Go Navy ###