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Road Duals at American and Duke Ahead for Navy Wrestling

Drew Daniels produced a 12-4 major decision in last year's dual victory against Duke.
Jan. 18, 2018

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The Navy wrestling team (5-1, 2-1 EIWA) returns to action this weekend with a pair of road duals against American and Duke.  The Mids kick things off Friday night at American (4-3, 1-1 EIWA) where the two EIWA foes will square off at Bender Arena starting at 7:00 pm.  Navy will then make the trip down to North Carolina where it will battle Duke (2-3, 0-0 ACC) in a nonconference showdown on Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium beginning at 2:00 pm.  A free live video stream will be available for both matches by logging on to NavySports.com (American, Duke).

Navy Notebook
• Navy enters the weekend with a 5-1 dual record, including a 2-1 mark in EIWA matches.  The Mids were in action twice a week ago, posting a 29-10 victory over Maryland on Friday night in Annapolis before having their unbeaten streak of five straight wins snapped by sixth-ranked Lehigh (34-3) on Sunday.
• The first NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings were released on Thursday and included six Navy wrestlers - #20 Nicholas Gil (Crystal Lake, Ill.) at 141, #20 Jared Prince (Safety Harbor, Fla.) at 149, #28 Zack Davis (Granger, Ind.) at 157, #19 Drew Daniels (Overland Park, Kan.) at 165, #8 Jadaen Bernstein (Glen Gardner, N.J.) at 174 and #14 Michael Coleman (Hudson, Ohio) at 184.
• Meanwhile, Gil (#19), Daniels (#20), Bernstein (#8) and Coleman (#17) appear in this week’s InterMat national rankings.
• Seven wrestlers have reached double-digit wins this season, including Nicholas Gil and Michael Coleman who both reached the 20-win marker last weekend.  Gil stands 20-6 and picked up his 20th win by way of a 7-3 victory over Maryland’s Ryan Diehl, while Coleman is 20-6 and scored a pair of wins over his Maryland and Lehigh foes.
Zack Davis, meanwhile, is closing in on 20 wins as he enters the weekend with an 18-8 record. He stands 18th on Navy’s career wins list with a 94-49 record, trailing 17th-place Frank Shaffer (1980-83) by just one win and 16th-place Craig Delloroso (1984-87) by two wins.  He needs six wins to become just the 15th wrestler in program history to add his name to that list.  Davis is also tied for 10th on the Mids’ career matches wrestled leader board with 143.
• Following a 3-1 performance at the Southern Scuffle, Bernstein pushed his career record to 104-40, but has since been sidelined with an injury.  He ranks 12th on Navy’s career wins list, trailing 11th-place Ed Prendergast (2005-08) by just two. Meanwhile, he is four wins shy of joining Navy’s all-time top 10 list. He also stands among the top 10 in career matches wrestled with 144 (#9 on the list).  Bernstein is 2-0 in dual action this season and stands 23-4 in dual matches over his career.

Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Aslan Kilic (Fr, 6-7 overall, 2-2 dual)  / Logan Treaster (Fr, 10-3, 1-0)
• 133 - Cody Trybus (Fr, 10-9, 3-2)
• 141 - #19 Nicholas Gil (Jr, 20-6, 3-2)
• 149 - Corey Wilding (Sr, 16-7, 3-1) / Jared Prince (So, 10-2, 0-1)
• 157 - Zack Davis (Sr, 18-8, 4-1) / Quentin Hovis (Fr, 12-5, 0-0)
• 165 - #20 Drew Daniels (Sr, 15-3, 4-1) / Jonathan Carrera (Jr, 7-7, 1-0)
• 174 - #8 Jadaen Bernstein (Sr, 15-3, 2-0) / AJ Alford (So, 10-4, 3-1)
• 184 - #17 Michael Coleman (Sr, 20-5, 4-0) / Connor Doyle (Jr, 5-4, 0-1)
• 197 - Steban Cervantes (Sr, 6-5, 1-2) / Joshua Roetman (8-6, 2-1)
• 285 - Austin Faunce (Sr, 11-9, 3-2)

Mids In the Rankings
• 141 - Junior Nicholas Gil
No. 19 InterMat
No. 20 Trackwrestling
No. 20 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

• 149 - Sophomore Jared Prince
No. 25 Trackwrestling
No. 20 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

• 157- Zack Davis
No. 28 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

• 165 - Senior Drew Daniels
No. 20 InterMat
No. 25 Trackwrestling
No. 19 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

• 174 - Senior Jadaen Bernstein
No. 8 InterMat
No. 8 Trackwrestling
No. 8 FloWrestling
No. 8 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

• 184 - Senior Michael Coleman
No. 17 InterMat
No. 17 Trackwrestling
No. 15 FloWrestling
No. 14 NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking

American Notebook
• The Eagles enter Friday’s match against the Mids with a 4-3 overall mark, including a 1-1 record in EIWA action.
• American has wins over Campbell (22-10), North Carolina (18-13), Duke (26-14) and Brown (18-17), while its losses have come against Eastern Michigan (22-16), Wyoming (28-10) and Lehigh (36-2).
• American is coming off a big win over Brown last Sunday that saw the Eagles rally from a 17-point deficit to tie the match and eventually win by virtue of Jeric Kasunic’s tech fall as the tie breaker.
• Three Eagles are among the national rankings - #10 Josh Terao at 133 pounds, #20 Michael Sprague at 149 pounds and #12 Jeric Kasunic at 197 pounds.
• Both Kasunic and Terao have crossed the 20-win milestone this season with Kasunic posting a 24-3 overall mark that including a flawless 7-0 dual record, while Terao stands 21-4 and has just one blemish to his dual record (5-1).  Sprague, meanwhile, boasts a 16-9 record and a 5-1 dual mark.

Projected American Lineup
• 125 - Gage Curry (R-Fr, 13-10, 4-3) / Daniel Kidd (Fr, 1-4, 0-0)
• 133 - #10 Josh Terao (R-Jr, 21-4, 5-1) / Garrett Clifford (R-Fr, 9-10, 0-1)
• 141 - Kizhan Clarke (R-Fr, 13-9, 3-2) / Jack Mutchnik (R-Jr, 12-7, 1-2)
• 149 - Jack Mutchnik (R-Jr, 12-7, 1-2) / #20 Michael Sprague (R-Jr, 16-9, 5-1) / Elijah Murphy (R-Fr, 3-8, 0-0)
• 157 - Eric Hong (Fr, 8-8, 1-4) / Anthony Wokasch (R-Fr, 8-14, 1-5)
• 165 - Anthony Wokasch (R-Fr, 8-14, 1-5) / Bryce Dempsey (Fr, 4-9, 0-1) / Colin Shannon (Fr, 3-10, 0-2)
• 174 - Conner Allshouse (R-Fr, 6-13, 1-5) / Michael Eckhart (R-Jr, 6-12, 0-3)
• 184 - Prince Hyeamang (R-Fr, 6-12, 1-3) / Abraham Correa-Medina (R-Fr, 5-6, 0-1)
• 197 - #12 Jeric Kasunic (Sr, 24-3, 7-0)
• 285 - Brett Dempsey (R-Sr, 8-8, 4-3)

The Series
• Friday’s match marks the 14th meeting between Navy and American with Navy holding a commanding 12-1 lead.
• The inaugural match in the series was on Jan. 12, 1997, when Navy posted a 30-10 victory in Annapolis.
• Winners of each of the last six matchups, Navy’s only loss in the series was on Jan. 16, 2009, when the Eagles handed the Mids a 19-17 setback in Annapolis.
• The series took a two-year break in 2011 and ‘12, but met every year otherwise since 2004.
• The Mids own a 6-0 record against the Eagles in matches wrestled in the nation’s capital.

Duke Notebook
• Duke, who owns a 2-3 dual record, opens its home schedule Friday night against NC State before welcoming the Mids for a Sunday afternoon match.
• The Blue Devils began their season with three straight losses to Army (23-20), American (34-7) and Wyoming (26-14), but picked up a pair of victories last Sunday against Cal State Bakersfield (25-17) and Northern Colorado (19-18).
• Duke’s starting 10 includes four true freshmen - Josh Finesilver (133), Jeremiah Reitz (141), Matt Finesilver (174) and Kaden Russell (184).
• The rest of the lineup is made up of two seniors, bookends to the team at 125 (Thayer Atkins) and 285 pounds (Jacob Kasper), three juniors and a sophomore.
• 157-pound Mitch Finesilver (#11) and heavyweight Jacob Kasper (#5) enter the weekend nationally ranked at their respective weight classes, while Kasper is atop Duke’s wins leader board with a 23-2 record and Finesilver is second with an 18-2 mark.
• There are four wrestlers with the name Finesilver who are among Duke’s starting lineup.  The four brothers came in pairs as Josh (133) and Matt (174) are twins, as are Mitch (157) and Zach (165).

Projected Duke Lineup
• 125 - Thayer Atkins (Sr, 7-8, 1-4)
• 133 - Josh Finesilver (Fr, 14-9, 2-3)
• 141 - Jeremiah Reitz (Fr, 4-11, 0-5)
• 149 - Brandon Leynaud (R-So, 3-10, 2-3)
• 157 - #11 Mitch Finesilver (R-Jr, 16-2, 4-1)
• 165 - Zach Finesilver (R-Jr, 10-6, 3-2)
• 174 - Matt Finesilver (Fr, 13-6, 2-0)
• 184 - Kaden Russell (Fr, 6-10, 1-4)
• 197 - Alec Schenk (R-Jr, 14-8, 3-2)
• 285 - #5 Jacob Kasper (R-Sr, 21-2, 5-0)

The Series
• Sunday’s match marks the 15th meeting between the Mids and Blue Devils in a series Navy has dominated, 13-1.  
• The inaugural match in the series was on Feb. 21, 1925, when Navy cruised to a 24-5 victory in Annapolis.
• Winners of 11 in a row, Navy’s only loss in the series was on Jan. 21, 1928, when the Blue Devils delivered a 17-8 loss to the Mids in Annapolis.
• Last year’s meeting that saw the Mids pick up an 18-17 victory based on the third criteria (total points, 66-60) in a tie-breaker, was the first between the two programs since Navy scored a 21-14 victory against Duke in Durham on Feb. 13, 2000.
• The Mids own a 4-0 record against the Blue Devils in matches wrestled in Durham.
• This will be the first meeting between the two programs in Durham since Navy’s Feb. 13, 2000 win.

What’s Ahead
• The Midshipmen will partake in the 24th edition of the All-Academy Championship next Saturday in Charleston, S.C.  Eight military institutions - Air Force, Army West Point, The Citadel, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Academy, Navy, Norwich and VMI - will vye for the team title and 10 individual crowns with action beginning at 10:00 am at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House.  Jared Prince, Drew Daniels, Jadaen Bernstein, Michael Coleman and Steban Cervantes each won individual crowns to lead the Mids to a second-place finish at the 2017 All-Academy Championship held at Alumni Hall in Annapolis on Sunday.  Nine of Navy’s 10 wrestlers placed among the top four, including seven in the top three.

### Go Navy ###

 

 

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