Nov. 10, 2011
Wrestle for a Cure Duals
• vs. Buffalo (11:00 am) | vs. Nebraska (3:00 pm) | vs. Kent State (5:00 pm)
• Pa. Farm Show Complex and Expo Center | Harrisburg, Pa.
• Live Stats
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Coming off a solid season-opening performance at the 2011 Eastern Michigan Open last week which featured a title win by 184-pound Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.), the Navy wrestling team returns to action on Saturday when it makes the trip to Harrisburg, Pa. to take part in the Wrestle for a Cure Duals.
The 2nd Annual Wrestle for a Cure Duals features 28 programs ranging from high school to the Div. I ranks with 44 scheduled matches throughout the day. Navy, meanwhile, is among the 13 Div. I programs taking part in the event. While the Midshipmen will wrestle three duals, 34 collegiate matches are slated to be wresled with another 10 high school bouts. The duals benefit Cystic Fibrosis, while combining the values, virtues and work ethic of wrestling to help improve the conditions and lives of others.
While the event is slated to get underway at 9:00 am at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Navy's first match of the day is slated for 11:00 am when it battles Buffalo. Led by 18th-year head coach Jim Beichner, the Bulls received votes in the Nov. 3 NWCA/USA Today Coaches poll and are tied for 44th in the most recent Intermat poll released Nov. 8. Buffalo put together a 9-8 dual meet record a year ago and return five of its six NCAA qualifiers - Kevin Smith (133), Andrew Schutt (141), Mark Lewandowski (157), John-Martin Cannon (165) and Brett Correll (285). Last weekend the Bulls opened their weekend at the UB Open where Cannon claimed the 174-pound title, while Smith (141) and redshirt freshman Dominic Montesanti (165) both placed second at their respective weight classes.
The Mids face Nebraska at 3:00 pm in what will be a solid test for a young Navy squad. The Huskers, who are receiving votes in the coaches poll and tabbed 26th in the latest Intermat poll, are coming off a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championship for a second-consecutive year to pair up with their 14-5 dual record. Thre NCAA qualifiers return off last year's squad, including fifth-year senior and four-year starter at heavyweight Tucker Lane, who stands eighth in the national rankings, while 165-pound Robert Kokesh is ranked 10th in what will be the Huskers' opening weekend of competition.
Navy wraps up the day with a 5:00 pm dual against Kent State, who is ranked 24th in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches poll and 25th in the Intermat poll. The Golden Flashes put together a 14-6 dual record a year ago and tied for first place in the Mids-American Conference. Ninth-year head coach Jim Adrassy is in search of his 100th-collegiate victory as he heads into the weekend with a 99-53-1 record. Kent State returns eight of its 10 starters off last year's team, including senior Nic Bedelyon who put together a 25-5 record a year ago and begins the 2011-12 season ranked fourth at 125 pounds. Additionally, senior Brendan Barlow is among the nation's top 25 heavyweights heading into the weekend.
Navy owns a 2-0 record against Buffalo, although the last time the two programs met was in 1975. The series is split at two wins apiece between Navy and Nebraska with the Huskers taking a 21-12 win in the last dual which was contested in 2005. Finally, both Navy and Kent State have won one match in the series, the Mids earning a 19-15 win in 1996 and Kent State scoring a 21-12 win in 1997.
Last weekend the Mids opened their season at the non-team scored Eastern Michigan Open where Navy put two wrestlers into the finals, including Rebertus who made his fourth-straight championship appearance at the Eastern Michigan Open. Ranked 11th by Intermat, Rebertus put together three-straight wins by decision to punch his ticket into the finals where he secured the title win with a 5-3 victory over Ohio State's Cody Magrum.
Junior 174-pound Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.) also wrestled his way into the championship bout, thanks to back-to-back one-point victories including a 3-2 decision over Michigan State's Curran Jacobs who was ranked 12th. Huntley, who stands 19th according to Intermat, would face one of the best wrestlers in the country in the finals, however, facing fifth-ranked Nick Heflin of Ohio State. Heflin held off Huntley, 8-5, for the 174-pound title.
Senior Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) (125) and junior Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) (165) each placed third in the tournament, while junior 157-pound Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) placed fourth.
"Last weekend we competed hard, but from a technical aspect we are still trying to catch up," said Navy head coach Bruce Burnett. "The NCAA pushed our starting date back and with that we lost roughly 15 practices. That translates into us not being quite as physically and mentally sharp as what we have been in the past and this is clearly one of the more inexperienced teams I've coached in recent memory. I'm not complaining as every team must tweak how it goes about its business. For us it's just a learning curve in terms of trying to figure out how you catch up without breaking into the rest and recovery time which is so crucial. It's not only crucial in the sport of wrestling, but at an Academy where there are so many other variables thrown into the mix that you must balance.
"With that being said, I think the mistakes we made last weekend are ones that can be fixed. We will continue to wrestle to the best of our ability, evaluate those performances and work to fine-tune those skills so at the turn of the calendar we are prepared for the conference and national tournaments."
Fans can follow the event via the National Wrestling Coaches Association web site at the following link: http://www.nwcaonline.com/nwcaonline/results/ColScorebook/LiveCvgMeets.aspx
125 - Patrick Prada or Tyler Sackett
133 - #20 Aaron Kalil
141 - Quentin Leadbeter
149 - Joe Locksmith or Ben Hunter
157 - Bobby Barnhisel or Zach Basich
165 - Mason Bailey or Mike Brant
174 - #19 Oscar Huntley or James Mannier
184 - #11 Luke Rebertus
197 - Paul Rands
285 - Dan Miller or Chance Rauscher
### Go Navy ###