Nov. 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Coming off the program’s 16th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in which four Midshipmen qualified and two return, the Navy wrestling team will look to build upon the momentum as it opens the 2012-13 campaign Saturday at the 21st Annual Eastern Michigan Open in Ypsilanti, Mich. The double-elimination tournament (no team scoring) featuring better than 450 wrestlers from all divisions is slated to begin at 9:00 am (Eastern) at Bowen Field House.
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“This is one of the best tournaments we wrestle at each year because of the quality of competition it attracts, especially this early in the year,” said Navy head coach Bruce Burnett, who enters his 13th season with a 107-56 record. “We have some talent on this team and we’ve worked hard in the preseason, but now we need to be able to transition our skills and training from the wrestling room into the competition venue.”
Last season, seven Midshipmen placed at the Eastern Michigan Open, including 2012 graduate Luke Rebertus who took a 5-3 victory over Ohio State’s Magrum to take the title at 184 pounds. Five of the seven place winners return to this year’s team with three, seniors Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.), Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) and Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.), vying for one last chance at stepping atop the podium.
Navy is sending 15 wrestlers to this year’s open event, including two wrestlers at 133, 149, 157, 165, 174 and 184 pounds. Additionally, 157-pound Bobby Burg (Gasport, N.Y.) and 174-pound Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.) will make their collegiate debut this weekend after both claimed victories at last week’s Blue-Gold Challenge Match.
Huntley, the Mids’ team captain, wrestled his way into the championship bout of the Eastern Michigan Open a year ago at 174 pounds after taking back-to-back one-point victories in the quarters and semis. Huntley, however, finished as the runner-up after bowing out to All-American and fifth-ranked Nick Heflin of Ohio State, 8-5.
Huntley enters his senior campaign with a 56-31 record and is following up a season that saw him produce a 24-12 record and earn an NCAA Championship bid following a second-place showing at the EIWA Championship. The Navy senior posted a 3-2 record at the NCAA Championship.
While Huntley has high hopes to not only return to the championship bout at this year’s tournament, but perhaps claim the crown, he will have to fight off a formidable opponent in his own teammate. Rookie Mathew Miller has proven to be a competitor in the Navy wrestling room, pinning Huntley in under a minute at last weekend’s Blue-Gold Challenge Match. Miller, however, will get his first taste of Div. I competition this weekend.
Bailey scored a 5-1 decision over Purdue’s Chad Welch to place third at last year’s Eastern Michigan Open. However, Bailey has bumped up two weight classes to 184 pounds, hoping to fill the void where Rebertus won the crown a year ago. Bailey produced a 16-9 record as a junior and holds a 44-31 career record.
Looking to build upon a fourth-place finish at last year’s Eastern Michigan Open, Barnhisel is a returning NCAA qualifier who recorded a 17-12 record in his junior campaign. Like Huntley, Barnhisel will have a fellow teammate who will be vying for the title, as well. Newcomer Bobby Burg came from behind in last weekend’s Blue-Gold Match to hand the cagey veteran a 10-6 loss.
Also participating this weekend at the Eastern Michigan Open are Patrick Prada (Laurel, Md.) at 125 pounds, Colton Rasche (Plano, Ill.) and Quentin Leadbeter (Owings, Md.) at 133 pounds, Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) at 141 pounds, Zach Basich (Wheeling, W.Va.) and Ben Hunter (Harrisonville, Mo.) at 149 pounds, Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) and Jake Schalles (Orlando, Fla.) at 165 pounds, James Mannier (Troy, Ohio) at 184 pounds and Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) at 285 pounds. Prada, Locksmith, Mannier and Miller all participated in last year’s Eastern Michigan Open, but did not place.
In addition to sending a team to the Eastern Michigan Open, Navy will also compete at the Clarion Open on Sunday where 18 Midshipmen will be in action.
Eastern Michigan Open
125: Patrick Prada
133: Quentin Leadbeter, Colton Rasche
141: Joe Locksmith
149: Zach Basich, Ben Hunter
157: Bobby Barnhisel, Bobby Burg
165: Jake Schalles, Peyton Walsh
174: Oscar Huntley, Mathew Miller
184: Mason Bailey, James Mannier
285: Dan Miller
125: Jericho Urmenita, Sam Warne
133: Ryan Lewandowski
141: Jonathan Clemente, Alex Johnson
149: Raymond Borja, Trey Duncan
157: John Keck, Johnny Watson
165: Matt Jackson, Jordan Krulik
174: Gary Albright, William Miller
184: Matt McVay, Colton Van’t Hof
197: Kevin Marvel, Luke Schaeffer
285: Brendan Kahle
### Go Navy ###