Nov. 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Navy wrestling team will open the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule on Saturday when it plays hosts the annual Navy Classic at Wesley Brown Field House beginning at 10:00 am. Having won the team title in 19 of the 34 years the tournament has been held, including last year’s 51.5-point decision over the field, the Mids will battle eight teams — Bucknell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Franklin & Marshall, George Mason, Kent State, Ohio, West Virginia — for the 2012 Navy Classic crown.
Among the field, there are seven ranked wrestlers, including Navy freshman 174-pound Mathew Miller (Edgewood, Md.) who entered this week’s InterMat rankings at No. 16. Meanwhile, there are just three champions from last year’s Navy Classic that are on tap to defend their title this weekend, all from Navy: Joe Locksmith (Kissimmee, Fla.) (149, down a class to 141 this year), Mason Bailey (Fairmont, W.Va.) (165, up two classes to 184 this year) and 174-pound Oscar Huntley (Stafford, Va.).
Both Huntley and Locksmith head into this Saturday’s event vying for their third Classic title. Locksmith, a junior, boasts an 8-0 record at the Classic, winning in each of his first two seasons (141 pounds, freshman and 149, sophomore). While he did not place at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open, he bounced back last weekend to take fourth at the Roadrunner Open. He enters the weekend with an 8-4 record, just one win shy of his win total a year ago.
Huntley stood atop the Classic podium as a freshman in 2009 and again in 2011 as a junior, putting together a 10-2 record in the annual tournament over his previous three seasons. With an 8-2 record this season, he is without a doubt one of the favorites to win the 174-pound weight class. He does, however, have one hurdle to get past to claim that title. His only two losses of the season have come against freshman teammate Mathew Miller, who is undefeated (9-0) and has two open titles to his credit this season. Depending on the seeding, it is likely the two will see one another in the finals.
Seniors Mason Bailey and Dan Miller (Berlin, Md.) are looking to close out their careers by adding another Classic title. Miller took the heavyweight title as a sophomore in 2010 after placing second as a rookie. He, however, missed last year’s Classic with an injury. This fall has been a bit of a struggle for the senior who owns a 3-3 record and placed third at the Eastern Michigan Open to begin the season.
Bailey, meanwhile, has produced a 9-3 record in the Classic taking fifth as a freshman, second as a sophomore and scoring his first victory a year ago. The West Virginia native has bumped up two weight classes this season to 184 where he has put together a solid 8-2 record with a fifth-place showing at the Eastern Michigan Open and a third-place effort at the Roadrunner open.
Senior Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.) and sophomore Peyton Walsh (Glen Allen, Va.) have been impressive for the Mids to start the 2012-13 campaign. Barnhisel owns an 8-0 record, winning 157-pound crowns at the Eastern Michigan Open and the Roadrunner Open. He hs produced a 7-3 record in the Classic with his third-place finish as a sophomore his best showing. He missed last year’s Classic after breaking his jaw at the Eastern Michigan Open to begin the year.
Walsh, meanwhile, has pushed up from 149 pounds to 165 this season and it already has paid dividends. The second-year standout owns a 6-1 record this fall, winning the Eastern Michigan Open and placing second at the Roadrunner Open a week ago. Last year, Walsh was the runner-up at 149 pounds, dropping a 3-1 decision to Locksmith in the championship bout.
Nine different teams have claimed the team title in the 34 years the Navy Classic has been held, while 79 different Navy wrestlers have earned individual titles. At least one Navy wrestler has won an individual crown in 32 of the 34 years (2000, ‘03), while there have been 16 multi-year winners.
Navy has also crowned an individual champion who was a freshman in three of the last four years. Luke Rebertus took the 174-pound title in 2008 becoming the first Plebe to win a title since Tyrone Neal in 1998. Meanwhile, Huntley won in 2009 and Locksmith in 2010. Navy will put 10 freshmen on the mat this weekend giving them the chance to add their names to that list.
2012 Navy Classic
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17
Venue: Wesley Brown Field House
Participating teams: Bucknell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Franklin & Marshall, George Mason, Kent State, Navy, Ohio, West Virginia
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students (18 years and under)
Live Scoring: Unavailable
Projected session times:
10:00 am - preliminary rounds
1:00 pm - semifinals
4:00 pm - finals
Parking: As a reminder, only those cars that have a Department of Defense sticker will be allowed to drive onto the Naval Academy grounds. Fans should park downtown (there is a parking garage) and walk onto the grounds through the main gain (Gate 1) where they will be asked for a valid photo ID.
Participating ranked wrestlers:
• 125: None
• 133: None
• 141: #9 Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (The Citadel)
• 149: None
• 157: None
• 165: #17 Corey Lear (Bucknell)
• 174: #16 Matt Miller (Navy)
• 184: #14 Casey Newburg (Kent State)
• 197: #1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State)
• 285: #10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), #14 Odie Delaney (The Citadel)
Returning placewinners from the 2012 Navy Classic:
• 125: Patrick Prada (Navy, 5th)
• 133: Colton Rasche (Navy, 2nd), Robert Davis (Navy, 6th)
• 141: Alex Johnson (Navy, 5th), Richard Durso (F&M, 6th), Joe Locksmith (Navy, Champion @ 149), Derrik Russell (Bucknell, 6th @149)
• 149: Raymond Borja (Navy, 2nd @141), Jordan Dix (The Citadel, 4th @141)
• 157: Zach Basich (Navy, 3rd), Matt Jackson (Navy, 6th)
• 165: Jake Schalles (Navy, 4th), Peyton Walsh (Navy, 2nd @ 149)
• 174: Oscar Huntley (Navy, Champion), Stephen McPeek (Bucknell, 4th), Gary Albright (Navy, 5th), John Duane (The Citadel, 2nd @ 184), Jamie Westwood (Bucknell, 3rd @ 184)
• 184: Corey Smith (George Mason, 6th), Mason Bailey (Navy, Champion @ 165), James Mannier (Navy, 3rd @ 174), Colton Van’t Hof (Navy, 6th @ 174)
• 197: Paul Rands (Navy, 2nd)
• HWT: Joe Stolfi (Bucknell, 3rd), Brendan Kahle (Navy, 4th), Alex Henry (F&M, 5th)
Navy’s Projected Lineup for the Navy Classic
125: Ryan Hedgcorth, Patrick Prada, Jericho Urmenita, Sam Warne
133: Dakota Beach, Quentin Leadbeter, Colton Rasche
141: Jonathan Clemente, Robert Davis, Alex Johnson, Joe Locksmith
149: Zach Basich, Raymond Borja, Trey Duncan, Ben Hunter, Zach Johnson
157: Bobby Barnhisel, Bobby Burg, John Keck, Johnny Watson
165: Matt Jackson, Jordan Krulik, Jake Schalles, Peyton Walsh
174: Gary Albright, Oscar Huntley, Mathew Miller, William Miller
184: Mason Bailey, James Mannier, Matt McVay, Colton Van’t Hof
197: Michael Love, Kevin Marvel, Luke Schaeffer
285: Brendan Kahle, Dan Miller
### Go Navy ###