Feb. 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy wrestling team will close out the regular season Friday evening with the annual Star Match against arch rival Army. The Midshipmen will look to capture their 12th consecutive win over the Black Knights when the two programs square off at Alumni Hall beginning at 7:30 pm. Additionally, members of Navy's senior class and their families will be recognized in a prematch ceremony, while a special presentation in honor of the late Ed Peery, Navy's legendary wrestling coach from 1961-87, will also take place prior to the match.
Fans unable to attend Friday's match can follow the action by logging on to Navy All-Access (subscription based) via the internet at www.NavySports.com(.) The live video feed will not feature any commentary, however it will be patched in to the public address announcer.
Navy has been the dominant team in the series where it holds a 45-5-5 series advantage, including a 25-1-2 record in matches staged in Annapolis. Unbeaten during Burnett's 12-year tenure, the Midshipmen have suffered just one setback (1997, 19-12) to Army in the last 49 matches, as Navy owns a 43-1-5 record during that span.
The Midshipmen, who enter the weekend with a 5-6 dual record, are coming off the program's 11th All-Academy Championship title where nine of Navy's 10 wrestlers placed among the top three, including four who won individual crowns and another two who took second place. In most years, Army and Navy not only will get a good glimpse of one another at the All-Academy Championship, but they generally have a good share of one-on-one matches. This year, the two teams battle in eight of the 10 weight classes (157, 197) with Navy taking five of the eight matches (149, 165, HWT).
Six of the 10 wrestlers expected to take the mat Friday night for the Midshipmen wrestled in last year's meet, including seniors Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.), Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.) and Dustin Haislip (Inwood, W.Va.). Kalil, the Mids' team captain, has won both of his previous Star Matches, including last year's 8-0 major decision over the Black Knights' Travis Coffey at 125 pounds. Boasting a 26-8 record this season at 133 pounds , including a 9-2 dual mark, Kalil is expected to meet Army junior Jordan Thome, who has put together a 23-8 record, including a 7-4 dual mark. Kalil has beaten Thome twice this season, including at the All-Academy Championship where Kalil scored a 4-0 decision over Thome to claim the title.
Like Kalil, Rebertus also owns a 2-0 record in Star Matches, taking wins in 2009 and 2011. Rebertus has put together a 25-9 record this season at 184 pounds and is ranked 13th in the country. He is just two wins away from the century milestone, as he has amassed a 98-33 career record, including a solid 22-8 dual meet mark. He has faced two different Army foes this season, beating both of them. He dealt Wil Brown a 10-3 loss at the Southern Scuffle to open the calendar year and two weeks ago, Rebertus pinned Mike Gorman in the finals of the All-Academy Championship.
Haislip battled injuries early in the year, but has bounced back to represent the Mids over the last month. Haislip, who owns a 4-3 record this season, heads into the weekend having won four-straight matches, including three at the All-Academy Championship where he claimed the 141-pound title. Haislip defeated Army's Casey Smith in the semis, 3-1, to punch his ticket into the championship bout where he would defeat Carter McElhany, 3-1.
Juniors Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.), Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) and Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) all took wins in last year's Star Match and are expected to be in the lineup once again on Friday evening. Bailey missed nearly two months of action nursing an injury, but returned at the end of January to the lineup. He has put together a 14-5 record at 165 pounds, including a 2-3 dual mark. He will be especially hungry on Friday night, as he accounted for one of the three head-to-head losses at the All-Academy Championship. Army rookie Coleman Gracey picked off Bailey, 4-0, in the championship match.
Taking the mat at 174 pounds for Navy will be Huntley, who takes an 18-9 record into the Army match. After dropping a 3-1 sudden victory decision to The Citadel's Turtogtokh Luvsandorj in the semis of the All-Academy Championship, Huntley bounced back by dealing Army's Robert Doyle a 9-1 loss in the consolation bracket en route to a third-place finish.
Like Bailey, Miller seeks to avenge his loss against Army's Christian Botero at the All-Academy Championship. Botero edged Miller, 8-7, in the opening match to send Miller to the consolation bracket and an eventual third-place finish. Miller defeated Army's Curtis Garner by major decision at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier in the year, however, Garner is not listed within the probable lineup. Miller hs produced a 15-9 mark to date, including an 8-3 record in dual matches.
Stepping onto the mat for their first Star Match compeition will be senior Tyler Sackett (Omaha, Neb.) at 125 pounds, freshman Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) at 149 pounds, junior Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) at 157 pounds and freshman Paul Rands (Cary, Ill.) at 197 pounds. Sophomore Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) is listed as a possible starter at 149 pounds. He dropped his Star Match a year ago to Army's Daniel Young, 5-1.
Navy leads the annual Army-Navy series this season with a 15-6 (.714) record, while already having clinched the Star Series, 13-3 (.813). The following teams have the distinction of winning N-Stars for the Midshipmen this year (in chronological order) -- Men's Soccer, Golf, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Sprint Football, Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's Swimming & Diving, Football, Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field, Women's Basketball, Men's Gymnastics.
High School Night - All High School Students receive $3 admission by showing their student ID's at the door.
JROTC/Scout/Youth Wrestling Night - All JROTC, Scouts, and Youth Wrestlers receive $3 admission when they purchase tickets in advance. Visit the game promotions page on navysports.com for ordering information.
Billy the Kid Club Night - All Billy the Kid Club Members receive FREE admission to the match by showing their membership card at the door.
Projected Navy Lineup
125 - Tyler Sackett - Sr., Omaha, Neb. (7-5, 5-2) / Patrick Prada - Fr., Laurel, Md. (3-12, 0-4)
133 - Aaron Kalil - Sr., Salem, N.H. (26-8, 9-2) / Colton Rasche, Fr., Plano, Ill. (3-1, 0-0)
141 - Dustin Haislip - Sr., Inwood, W.Va. (4-3, 1-3) / Raymond Borja - So., Virginia Beach, Va. (7-10, 0-4)
149 - Peyton Walsh - Fr., Glen Allen, Va. (13-9, 3-3) / Joe Locksmith - So., Kissimmee, Fla. (8-9, 2-3) / Ben Hunter - So., Harrisonville, Mo. (8-6, 0-0)
157 - Bobby Barnhisel - Jr., River Forest, Ill. (15-8, 6-4) / Zach Basich - Jr., Wheeling, W.Va. (10-4, 1-0)
165 - Mason Bailey - Jr., Fairmont, W.Va. (14-5, 1-3) / Mike Brant - Sr., Johnstown, Pa. (3-5, 1-3)
174 - Oscar Huntley - Jr., Stafford, Va. (18-9, 6-3) / Jake Schalles - Jr., Orlando, Fla. (10-5, 1-0)
184 - #13 Luke Rebertus - Sr., Gloucester, Va. (25-9, 8-3) / James Mannier - So., Troy, Ohio (13-10, 0-2)
197 - Paul Rands - Fr./So., Cary, Ill. (12-19, 2-9) / Colynn Cook - Fr., Murrysville, Pa. (2-8, 0-0)
285 - Dan Miller - Jr., Berlin, Md. (15-9, 8-3) / Ben Hatef - Jr., Bowie, Md. (3-2, 0-0)
Projected Army Lineup
125 - Scott Filbert - Fr., Tucson, Ariz. (18-16, 6-4)
133 - Jordan Thome - Jr., Troy, Ohio (23-8, 7-4)
141 - Casey Smith - Jr., Midway, Utah (14-14, 2-3) / Tyler Rauenzahn - So., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. (4-3, 0-1)
149 - Ryan Bilyeu - So., Guthrie, Okla. (12-15, 2-4)
157 - Jimmy Rafferty - Sr., Haddon Heights, N.J. (23-13, 10-3)
165 - Cole Gracey - Fr., Tuttle, Okla. (19-12, 7-3)
174 - Robert Doyle - Jr., Red Lion, Pa. (11-6, 0-0) / Collin Wittmeyer - Jr., Platte City, Mo. (8-5, 3-2) / Eric Gobin - Jr., Maineville, Ohio (4-5, 1-2)
184 - Michael Gorman - Sr., Harville, Ohio (18-14, 4-5) / Wil Brown - So., Chardron, Nev. (15-10, 3-2)
197 - Daniel Mills - Sr., Alexandria, Va. (6-10, 3-6) / Derek Stanley - Sr., Saugerties, N.Y. (17-12, 2-4)
285 - Christian Botero - Jr., Woodbridge, Va. (5-7, 0-1) / Stephen Snyder - Fr., Woodbine, Md. (4-13, 0-3)
### Go Navy ###