Navy Introduces Highly-Touted Rookie Class of Wrestlers
Rising sophomore Luke Rebertus won 36 matches, just one shy of the school record for most wins by a rookie.
Aug. 3, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Tenth-year Navy wrestling coach Bruce Burnett and his staff have assembled one of the top recruiting classes not only on the East Coast, but on a national level as well. Navy's Class of 2013, which features 18 young men who have captured a combined 20 state titles, is ranked 21st by D1CollegeWrestling.net. Additionally, Navy is one of four EIWA members who are listed among the rankings, joining defending EIWA champion Cornell (No. 10), Lehigh (No. 19) and Bucknell (No. 23).
"There is no doubt in my mind that we have brought in one of the best classes we've had since I've been at the Academy," said Burnett. "We strive to bring in the best all-around student-athlete year in and year out to continue to make the competition in our wrestling room stronger. That in turn helps each of our young wrestlers to develop, compete and succeed on a national level."
Navy Wrestling Class of 2013 Name Wt. Hometown / HS Highlights Jared Anongos 125 Richmond, Va. State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner (6th, 4th, 3rd, 1st) Eric Flipowicz 133 Elkridge, Md. State Champion, 2-Time National Prep Placewinner Ben Levin 133 Reisterstown, Md. State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner (4th, 4th, 2nd, 1st) Ray Seese 141 Alto, Mich. 2-Time Placewinner (7th, 6th) Bobby Barnhisel 149 River Forest, Ill. 2-Time State Champion, 3-Time Placewinner (5th, 1st, 1st) 2-Time Cadet Freestyle All-American Tyler White 157 Thurmont, Md. State Finalist, 2-Time Placewinner (5th, 2nd) Zach Basich 157 Wheeling, W.Va. 2-Time State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner (4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st) Rich Jackson 157 Rising Sun, Md. 3-Time State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner (3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st) Zach White 165 Thurmont, Md. State Finalist, 2-Time Placewinner (3rd, 2nd) Jacob Schalles 165 Oviedo, Fla. State Finalist, NWCA Champion Mason Bailey 174 Fairmont, W.Va. 2-Time State Champion, 3-Time Finalist, 4-Time Placewinner Dutton Award recipient (top senior in W.Va.) Andrew Buck 174 Carson, Wash. National Champion, 2-Time State Finalist, 3-Time High School All-American Oscar Huntley 174 Stafford, Va. State Champion, 4-Time Prep Placewinner (5th, 3rd, 4th, 1st) Ben Hatef 184 Bowie, Md. 4th / 3rd at Prep Nationals, 2nd at Maryland State Championship Nick Hylton 184 Eccles, W.Va. 2-Time State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner, NWCA Champion Chance Rauscher 197 Glasgow, Mont. 2-Time State Champion, 4-Time Placewinner (5th, 3rd, 1st, 1st) Daniel Miller 285 Berlin, Md. 2-Time State Champion Sam Cervantes 285 Poway, Calif. State Champion, 2-Time Finalist, 2-Time Freestyle Finalist
After putting together back-to-back-to-back top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championship for the first time in better than 20 years, wrestling and its support at the Naval Academy is on the rise. Last spring 133-pound Joe Baker (Poway, Calif.) and 149-pound Bryce Saddoris (Spring Creek, Nev.) not only claimed EIWA titles, both found themselves on the podium at the NCAA Championship. After becomming just the fifth wrestler in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship all four years, Baker became the 15th different Naval Academy wrestler to achieve All-America status multiple times in his career.
Saddoris, meanwhile, enters his junior campaign ranked 25th on the Mids' career win list with a two-year mark of 78-20. The 78 wins shattered the school record for matches won over a wrestler's first two seasons, breaking the previous record of 59 wins by Greg Gingeleskie during the 1996 and '97 seasons. Having finished the 2009 campaign with a 43-8 record, he became just the fourth different wrestler in program history to reach 40 wins in a season. He was only one shy of tying the all-time record set by Mark Conley in 2002 and later tied by Matt Stolpinski in 2007.
In addition to becoming an All-American and winning his first EIWA individual title, one of Saddoris' biggest accomplishments of the 2009 campaign was being named the recipient of the The Coaches Trophy, awarded at the conclusion of the EIWA Tournament to the championship's most valuable wrestler. It's just the ninth time a Navy wrestler has received the award and the first time since Scott Kelly earned the award in 1987.
With Saddoris and 2009 NCAA qualifier Luke Rebertus (Elkton, Md.) headlining the list of returning letterwinners for the Midshipmen, combined with fresh new talent that has already gotten the prognosticators' attention, the future of Navy wrestling looks bright. The 2009-10 Navy Wrestling Plebe Smoker will be held Aug. 12 at Halsey Field House beginning at 7:00 pm for those fans interested in getting their first glimpse of the Navy newcomers. Meanwhile, pencil in Oct. 30 as Navy's annual Blue-Gold Challenge Matches.