Jan. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Fresh off its 22-18 upset over 23rd-ranked Maryland last Saturday in College Park, the Navy wrestling team (2-1) hopes to roll that momentum into a pair of wins this weekend when it plays host to North Carolina (4-4) and Rutgers (13-2). The Mids and Tar Heels will square off on Friday at Alumni Hall beginning at 7:30 pm, while Navy and the Scarlet Knights will battle one another at Wesley Brown Field House on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Only Friday night’s match will be streamed live via Navy All-Access (paid subscription).
It’s been well documented that Bruce Burnett’s Midshipmen have struggled this season at the lower weights. However, Navy juniors Raymond Borja (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) provided huge wins to propel Navy past the nationally-ranked Terps last weekend. The match began at 149 pounds, a weight in which Burnett has been hard-pressed to find a steady performer. Senior Zach Basich (Wheeling, W.Va.) has been sidelined with an injury the last several weeks, while Ben Hunter (Harrisonville, Mo.), who dropped a major decision to Lehigh, has also been banged up. Burnett looked to Borja last weekend, who promptly manhandled the Terps’ Shane Arechiga and scored a 19-3 tech fall to give Navy a 5-0 lead.
That match snowballed into not only three straight victories, but bonus point wins which would, by all accounts, determine the victor. In fact, four of Navy’s five individual wins would be bonus point victories, including the night’s final bout in which Locksmith won by fall (4:55) over Frank Goodwin and sealed the come-from-behind win for the Mids.
With the emergence of the lighter weights, it makes for a well-rounded lineup with wrestlers at three of the Mids’ six heavier weight classes being ranked. Ranked 14th nationally, junior 157-pound Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) boasts a team-best 23-5 record and is among the nation’s leaders in tech falls with seven overall, six against Div. I foes.
While 165-pound Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Md.) is unranked, he owns a 19-8 record overall and is one of just two wrestlers on the roster with a flawless 3-0 dual meet mark. He was one of the four wrestlers last weekend to earn a bonus-point win, scoring a 14-2 major decision over Maryland’s Domenic DeRobertis.
Rookie Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.) is looking for his hard work to pay off in the win column. Ranked 14th at 174 pounds, Miller has lost back-to-back matches against nationally-ranked opponents by just two points each. A controversial match proved costly to Miller in his 5-3 loss to 13th-ranked Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh, while last weekend he dropped a 3-1 decision to sixth-ranked Josh Asper of Maryland. Miller takes a 15-4 record into the weekend where he will meet 12th-ranked Greg Zannetti of Rutgers, a redshirt senior, on Saturday night.
Senior Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) has wrestled perhaps the schedule of anybody on the Navy roster this season. The 20th-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds, he has faced eight nationally-ranked wrestlers this season, including three in the last four bouts. That road won’t get any easier as he will face 11th-ranked Dan Rinaldi of Rutgers on Saturday evening. Though he has dropped four straight matches, all decisions, he has recorded a 21-11 mark this season with 21 victories being the most during his career.
Like Walsh, heavyweight Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) has also put together a 3-0 mark in dual meets this season, but it hasn’t been easy. While he turned in a 5-2 victory over George Mason’s Jake Kettler in his first dual of the season, he has gone into sudden victory in each of his last three matches, including back-to-back duals. He used the second sudden victory period to score a takedown and a three-point nearfall to defeat Lehigh’s Jack Delia, while a takedown in the first sudden victory period led Miller to victory a week against against the Terps’ Dallas Brown. Miller owns a 14-8 overall record this season and is 16-4 in dual action over his four-year career.
North Carolina owns a 4-4 record this season, earning consecutive wins over South Dakota State (36-6), Michigan State (23-21), Clarion (21-19) and Drexel (24-10). Meanwhile, its losses have been to Arizona State (21-16), Nebraska (25-12), Virginia (24-9) and Virginia Tech (32-9). Tenth-year head coach C.D. Mock has likely the youngest team in the country with no seniors and just two juniors on the roster. UNC has two wrestlers ranked in the top 20 with rookie 125-pound Nathan Kraisser ranked seventh with a 24-4 mark, including an 8-0 record in dual action. Meanwhile, sophomore Evan Henderson is ranked seventh at 141 pounds where he has put together a 26-6 overall mark and a 7-1 dual record.
Navy leads the series against North Carolina, 35-17-1, taking wins in nine of the last 10 meetings. The Mids’ lone loss during that time frame was a 25-9 decision by the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Jan. 24, 2009. The last time Navy lost to North Carolina in Annapolis was Feb. 10, 2001, when the Tar Heels dealt the Mids a 21-13 loss.
Rutgers, who under fourth-season head coach Scott Goodale wrestles predominately a dual meet slate, has posted a 13-2 record which has featured wins in seven of its last eight matches. The Scarlet Knights’ lone losses this season have been to Nebraska (22-10) and Iowa State (19-15). Their biggest win to date was a 17-16 victory over Lehigh at home on Jan. 18. Two ranked wrestlers will be on the mat for Rutgers on Saturday. Twelfth-ranked Greg Zannetti at 174 pounds and 11th-ranked Dan Rinaldi at 184 pounds have nearly identical records. Zannetti stands 20-4 with a 12-3 dual mark, while Rinaldi is 20-3 and boasts a 12-2 dual record.
The Midshipmen also hold a 20-6 advantage over Rutgers in the series, however, the Scarlet Knights have gotten the best of Navy in each of the last four matches, including two (2009, 18-17 and 2012, 20-12) decided by one point. The last time Navy beat Rutgers was on Feb. 15, 2008, when it scored a 29-6 win in Piscataway, N.J., while a 42-0 victory over the Black Knights on Dec. 1, 2007, was the last time the Mids beat Rutgers in Annapolis.
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.
• Make It a Navy Wrestling Weekend - All fans who show their ticket stub at the door from the Navy vs. North Carolina match on Friday receive FREE admission to Saturday’s match vs. Rutgers.
• Fan Appreciation Night - All fans who wear Navy gear to the game receive the group rate of $3!
• Faculty and Staff Night - All USNA Faculty and Staff are invited to attend this match. Each person receives 2 tickets and they can be picked-up at the match.
• YMCA Night - All members of the YMCA receive $3 tickets by showing their membership card.
• 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.
• Billy the Kid Club Night - Kids Club Members can get in free with their Membership Card!
• Hero’s Night - All local law enforcement, firefighters, and hospital staff are invited to attend this game for the $3 admission price by showing their ID or badge at the gate.
Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Patrick Prada - So, Laurel, Md. (15-7, 0-2) -OR- Jericho Urmenita - Jr, Auburn, Wash. (10-10, 0-1)
• 133 - Colton Rasche - So, Plano, Ill. (13-9, 1-2)
• 141 - Joe Locksmith - Jr, Kissimmee, Fla. (12-9, 2-0) -OR- Alex Johnson - Jr, Memphis, Tenn. (16-7, 1-0)
• 149 - Raymond Borja - Jr, Virginia Beach, Va. (13-4, 1-0) -OR- Zach Basich - Sr, Wheeling, W.Va. (10-7, 0-0)
• 157 - #14 Bobby Barnhisel - Sr, River Forest, Ill. (23-5, 2-1) -OR- Bobby Burg - Fr, Gasport, N.Y. (9-7, 0-0)
• 165 - Peyton Walsh - So, Glen Allen, Va. (19-8, 3-0) -OR- Matt Jackson - Sr, Rising Sun, Md. (12-7, 0-0)
• 174 - #14 Mathew Miller - Fr, Edgewood, Md. (15-4, 1-2) -OR- William Miller - Fr, Chinook, Mont. (16-8, 0-0)
• 184 - #20 Mason Bailey - Sr, Fairmont, W.Va. (21-11, 1-2) -OR- James Mannier - Jr., Troy, Ohio (17-9, 0-0)
• 197 - Oscar Huntley - Sr, Stafford, Va. (19-8, 2-1)
• 285 - Dan Miller - Sr, Berlin, Md. (14-8, 3-0)
Projected North Carolina Lineup
• 125 - #7 Nathan Kraisser - Fr, Ellicott City, Md. (24-4, 8-0)
• 133 - Joey Ward - Fr, Cincinnati, Ohio (16-6, 5-1) -OR- Pat Owens - So, North Wales, Pa. (7-6, 1-0)
• 141 - #7 Evan Henderson - So, New Florence, Pa. (26-6, 7-1)
• 149 - Nick Heilmann - So, South Plainfield, N.J. (15-11, 0-2) -OR- Christian Barber - Fr, Westfield, N.J. (17-11, 2-4)
• 157 - Chris Mears - So, Keller, Texas (4-10, 0-3)
• 165 - John Staudenmayer - Fr, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (16-9, 5-3)
• 174 - Tanner Eitel - So, Forney, Texas (4-1, 4-1)
• 184 - Alex Utley - So, Homeworth, Ohio (18-10, 4-4) -OR- Frank Abbondanza - So, Mount Sinai, N.Y. (7-13, 1-7)
• 197 - Antonio Giorgio - So, Lititz, Pa. (8-5, 1-2)
• 285 - Cody Klempay - Fr, Washington, Pa. (2-11, 0-5)
Projected Rutgers Lineup
• 125 -Joseph Langel - RSr, Howell, N.J. (17-5, 12-3) -OR- Sean McCabe - Fr, Connetquot, N.Y. (7-11, 0-0)
• 133 - Vincent Dellefave - RJr, Toms River, N.J. (17-6, 12-3) -OR- Maverick Passaro - Fr, Eastport, N.Y. (2-2, 0-0)
• 141 - Trevor Melde - RSr, Hewitt, N.J. (15-6, 11-4)
• 149 - Ken Theobold - Fr, Toms River, N.J. (12-8, 4-4) -OR- Mario Mason - RSr, Moorestown, N.J. (8-4, 4-2)
• 157 - Scott Winston - RSr, Jackson, N.J. (20-6, 10-5)
• 165 - Nick Visicaro - RSo, Long Branch, N.J. (11-4, 10-2) -OR- Anthony Volpe - RSo, Miller Place, N.Y. (6-6, 1-2)
• 174 - #12 Greg Zannetti - RSr, Edison, N.J. (20-4, 12-3)
• 184 - #11 Dan Rinaldi - RSr, Lodi, N.J. (20-3, 12-2)
• 197 - Dan Seidenberg - RJr, Red Bank, N.J. (7-8, 4-6) -OR- Hayden Hrymack - Fr, Lincroft, N.J. (9-11, 0-5)
• 285 - Billy Smith - RFr, Wantage, N.J. (22-5, 13-2)
### Go Navy ###