Jan. 19, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After splitting action last weekend with a win over East Stroudsburg and a tough loss against 15th-ranked Lehigh, the Navy wrestling team returns to action this weekend battling No. 13 Maryland on Friday evening at Alumni Hall in Annapolis (7:30 pm) before traveling to New Jersey to take on No. 24 Rutgers Sunday afternoon (1:00 pm).
The Mids, who spent the better half of November and December competing in tournaments, are now a handful of weeks into their dual slate where they have put together a 3-4 overall mark, including a 1-1 record against EIWA competition. Navy has wins over Buffalo, Franklin & Marshall and East Stroudsburg, while suffering setbacks to Nebraska, Kent State, Oklahoma and Lehigh. Nebraska is currently tied for seventh in the country, while Oklahoma is 11th, Lehigh is 15th and Kent State stands 16th.
Although the Mids return home to the comforts of their own facility for at least one of the two matches, this weekend’s opponents will prove to be challenging. The two teams are a combined 21-2, including the neighboring Terrapins who boast a flawless 10-0 record that includes wins over nationally-ranked Central Michigan (No. 19) and Virginia Tech (No. 23). Rutgers, meanwhile, owns an 11-2 mark and has wins in nine of its last 10 and each of the last three. The Scarlet Knights will be on the road Friday night against 15th-ranked Lehigh before welcoming the Midshipmen to the RAC.
The Terps are led by fourth-year head coach Kerry McCoy, who will put five nationally-ranked wrestlers onto the mat Friday night including unbeated Josh Asper at 165 pounds. Ranked No. 2 in the country, Asper has won 12 of his 18 bouts by eight or more points, including five by tech fall. He stands 18-0, including 10-8 in dual action. Fifth-ranked Christian Boley’s only loss of the season was a 7-6 decision against Wartburg’s Byron Tate, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at the Div. III level, at the Midlands. Boley will face Navy boasting a 23-1 record, including a 9-0 mark in dual compeition. Additionally, 125-pound Shane Gentry (No. 20), 174-pound Jimmy Sheptock (NO. 15) and heavyweight Spencer Myers (No. 11) head into the weekend naitonally-ranked.
Anchoring the Scarlet Knights is redshirt junior Mario Mason, who is ranked fifth nationally at 149 pounds and boasts a 16-1 record. Seventeenth-ranked Greg Zannetti (174) and Michael DeMarco (133) have both won a team-high 18 matches, while Billy Ashnault, who is riding a seven-match winning streak, has recorded 17 victories to date at 141 pounds. Meanwhile, Daniel Rinaldi (197) and ninth-ranked Scott Winston (165) are unbeaten in dual action for Rutgers at 10-0 and 7-0, respectively.
Navy has faced countless injuries this season, but 12th-year head coach Bruce Burnett’s Midshipmen have weathered the adversity. In the last two weeks, senior 125-pound Tyler Sackett (Omaha, Neb.) has returned to the mat, as has junior 157-pound Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.). Barnhisel made his return on Jan. 8 against nationally-ranked Oklahoma where he promptly dealt 12th-ranked Matt Lester an 8-6 loss in Annapolis. Barnhisel added a pair of victories last weekend, earning a 6-4 win over East Stroudsburg’s Braden Turner and a 7-0 victory against Brian Tanen of Lehigh.
Sackett, meanwhile, made his way back last week where he pinned Zach Jones of East Stroudsburg in his first match back in just over a minute. The following night, he dealt Lehigh’s Alex Abreu a 7-5 loss, as Sackett now stands 3-0 in dual competition this season and 3-5 overall.
The backbone of the team remains seniors Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) and Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.). Kalil, who dropped out of the national rankings following his loss to Lehigh’s Mason Beckman last Saturday in a tie breaker, is atop Navy’s leader board with 19 wins, just one victory shy of claiming his third-consecutive 20-win season. He is 5-2 in dual competition this season, dropping decisions to 11th-ranked Jordan Keller of Oklahoma and Beckman.
Rebertus, meanwhile, remains 13th in the 184-pound national rankings. He boasts an 18-9 record which includes a 4-3 dual mark. He has won two of his last three duals, including a thrilling 5-4 win over 20th-ranked Erich Schmidtke of Oklahoma. Last Saturday, however, Rebertus came up short in his bid to upset Lehigh’s Robert Hamlin, ranked fourth, losing 6-2.
Both Kalil and Rebertus rank among the winningest wrestlers in program history. Rebertus enters the weekend tied for 15th with 91-career wins alongside the late Doug Zembiec (1992-95) and Sam Gray (2002-05). Meanwhile, Kalil stands beside 2000 graduate Justin Woodruff and Brett Bourne (1988-91) with 87-career victories.
Admission to Friday night’s match is $7 for adults and $5 for students (18 & under). As a reminder, fans are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and ride the shuttle over to the Naval Academy grounds. Access to the grounds is limited to those cars with a Department of Defense sticker.
Additionally, Friday night’s match will be streamed online via Navy All-Access at www.NavySports.com(.) There is no charge to watch this match.
Note that Sunday’s match had previously been scheduled for 2:00 pm, but has been pushed up to 1:00 pm. The match will also be contested at the RAC as opposed to College Avenue Gymnasium where most of the previous Navy-Rutgers matches have been held.
• Make the Grad Night - Bring a test, paper or report card with an “A” and receive $3 admission. Limit one per fan 18 years old and under.
• Boys and Girls Club Night - Free admission for all Boys and Girls Club members with valid membership card.
• Elementary and Middle School Night - All elementary and middle school kids receive $3 admission to the match.
• Big Brother/Big Sister Match - All participants are invited to attend the match for free. All mentoring pairs will be able to make a scrapbook that can be filled with memories of future outings.
Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Tyler Sackett - Sr., Omaha, Neb. (3-2, 3-0) / Patrick Prada - Fr., Laurel, Md. (3-11, 0-3)
• 133 - Aaron Kalil - Jr., Salem, N.H. (19-8, 5-2) / Colton Rasche, Fr., Plano, Ill. (3-1, 0-0)
• 141 - Raymond Borja - So., Virginia Beach, Va. (7-9, 0-3) / Dustin Haislip - Sr., Inwood, W.Va. (0-1, 0-1)
• 149 - Peyton Walsh - Fr., Glen Allen, Va. (8-7, 1-2) / Joe Locksmith - So., Kissimmee, Fla. (7-9, 1-3)
• 157 - Bobby Barnhisel - Jr., River Forest, Ill. (9-7, 3-3) / Zach Basich - Jr., Wheeling, W.Va. (10-4, 1-0)
• 165 - Mike Brant - Sr., Johnstown, Pa. (3-3, 1-1) / Mason Bailey - Jr., Fairmont, W.Va. (11-3, 1-2)
• 174 - Oscar Huntley - Jr., Stafford, Va. (14-7, 5-2) / James Mannier - So., Troy, Ohio (13-8, 0-0)
• 184 - #13 Luke Rebertus - Sr., Gloucester, Va. (18-9, 4-3)
• 197 - Paul Rands - Fr./So., Cary, Ill. (10-13, 2-5)
• 285 - Dan Miller - Jr., Berlin, Md. (8-8, 4-3) / Ben Hatef - Jr., Bowie, Md. (1-4, 0-0)
Projected Maryland Lineup
• 125 - #20 Shane Gentry - So., Stafford, Va. (10-3, 7-2)
• 133 - Geoffrey Alexander - Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa. (17-7, 6-3)
• 141 - Frank Goodwin - So., Pasadena, Md. (9-7, 2-4)
• 149 - Ben Dorsay - So., Virginia Beach, Va.11-7, 7-3)
• 157 - Kyle John - Sr., Coopersburg, Pa. (16-7, 8-2)
• 165 - #2 Josh Asper - Jr., Parkton, Md. (18-0, 10-0)
• 174 - #15 Jimmy Sheptock - R-So., Northampton, Pa. (18-4, 8-0) or Corey Peltier - Sr., Exeter, R.I. (5-4, 2-0)
• 184 - Ty Snook - R-So., Bear, Del. (13-9, 6-3)
• 197 - #5 Christian Boley - R-So., Brockport, N.Y. (23-1, 9-0)
• 285 - #11 Spencer Myers - So., Selinsgrove, Pa. (16-5, 3-1) or Dallas Brown - R-So., Woolsville, Pa. (1-1, 1-1)
Projected Rutgers Lineup
• 125 - Vincent Dellefave - R-So., Toms River, N.J. (10-6, 5-5) / Joe Langel III - R-Jr., Howell, N.J. (2-1, 2-1)
• 133 - Michael DeMarco - R-Sr., Lyndhurst, N.J. (18-9, 9-3)
• 141 - Billy Ashnault - R-Sr., South Plainfield, N.J. (17-7, 10-3)
• 149 - #5 Mario Mason - R-Jr., Moorestown, N.J. (16-1, 9-1) / Anthony Perrotti - Fr., Roseland, N.J. (15-8, 1-1)
• 157 - Anthony Volpe - R-Fr., Miller Place, N.Y. (5-11, 3-7) / Dave Seidenberg - Sr., Red Bank, N.J. (4-8, 0-4)
• 165 - #9 Scott Winston - R-Jr., Jackson, N.J. (13-3, 7-0) / Doug Hamann - Fr., Jackson, N.J. (5-10, 0-5)
• 174 - #17 Greg Zannetti - R-Jr., Edison, N.J. (18-3, 12-1)
• 184 - Daniel Seidenberg - R-So., Red Bank, N.J. (11-8, 8-5)
• 197 - Daniel Rinaldi - R-Jr., Lodi, N.J. (15-3, 10-0)
• 285 - Daniel Hopkins - R-Sr., Jackson, N.J. (6-8, 4-4)
### Go Navy ###