Navy Wrestling Kicks off 2012 at the Southern Scuffle
Senior Luke Rebertus placed fourth at last year's Southern Scuffle.
Dec. 30, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After stepping away from competition for the last three weeks to focus on final exams and enjoy a few days off for the holidays, the Navy wrestling team will be back in action this weekend when it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn. to take part in the 2012 Southern Scuffle. The two-day, 22-team tournament is set to begin at 10:00 am on Sunday and will be held at McKenzie Arena. Meanwhile, the quarterfinals and the fourth round of wrestlebacks kick off Monday’s action on the mat at 9:00 am.
This year's field will be highlighted by eight of the nation’s top-25 teams according to the Dec. 21 edition of the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, including three of the top five programs. Third-ranked Minnesota and No. 5 Penn State will each put eight ranked wrestlers on the mat this weekend, while No. 4 Cornell has six ranked wrestlers.
Joining Navy in the quest to be crowned the 2012 Southern Scuffle Champion are: Appalachian State, Army, Campbell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, #4 Cornell, Duke, Gardner-Webb, #25 Hofstra, Indiana, #3 Minnesota, #11 Missouri, Navy, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio, Old Dominion, #16 Oregon State, #5 Penn State, UT Chattanooga, #21 Virginia, #15 Virginia Tech.
In addition to the team title battle, the individual competition is expected to be exciting with 50-plus nationally-ranked wrestlers in action. Each of the weight classes has at least four ranked wrestlers on tap for competition, including the 187-pound weight class with will feature a tournament-high seven ranked wrestlers. Meanwhile, five weight classes will feature the nation’s top-ranked wrestler - 125 Zach Sanders of Minnesota, 149 Frank Molinaro of Penn State, 157 Kyle Dake of Cornell, 165 David Taylor of Penn State and 197 Cam Simaz of Cornell.
Participating in their sixth tournament of the 2011-12 campaign, the Mids were last on the mat on Dec. 9 in a 31-12 dual meet victory over Franklin & Marshall. Anchoring the Mids are seniors Aaron Kalil (Salem, N.H.) and Luke Rebertus (Gloucester, Va.), who are both nationally ranked and also among the program’s winningest wrestlers.
Ranked 18th at 133 pounds, Kalil enters the weekend with a 14-4 record which includes a title win at the Navy Classic. He also placed third at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open and eight at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. He owns a 7-2 mark by way of decisions and is 7-2 in bonus-point matches. He currently stands tied for 24th on the Mids’ all-time wins list alongside Scott Kelly (1985-88) with 82 wins. He needs two wins to move into a tie for 23rd with 2011 graduate Matt DeMichiel.
Rebertus has enjoyed a stellar senior season, boasting a 13-5 record which includes a pair of championship crowns (Eastern Michigan Open and Navy Classic). He is undefeated in bonus-point matches, earning a 2-0 mark by way of major decisions and a 3-0 record in tech falls. He stands 1-3 against ranked foes to date. He, meanwhile, is ranked 22nd on Navy’s all-time wins list with 86, just one behind Justin Woodruff (1997-00) and Brett Bourne (1988-91). Should he win four matches this weekend, he would become just the 18th wrestler in school history to reach the 90-win milestone.
Suffering its fair share injuries this season, Navy will have a handful of wrestlers back in action after getting some much-needed rest. Among those are senior 141-pound Dustin Haislip (Inwood, W.Va.) who has been sidelined the entire season. He owns a 23-23 career mark. Also back on the mat will be junior 157-pound Bobby Barnhisel (River Forest, Ill.), who has been out of action since suffering a knee injury at the Wrestle For a Cure Duals in mid-November. He owns a 3-5 record this season and a 21-14 career record.
Senior 125-pound Tyler Sackett (Omaha, Neb.) made his return to the mat just before the break, scoring a win by fall over David Hershberger of Franklin & Marshall in dual action. Sackett, who has endured several injuries during his career, fell out of the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open with a knee injury. He stands 1-2 this season.
A year ago the Midshipmen placed 12th at the 30-team Scuffle with Rebertus leading the way with a fourth-place finish at 184 pounds and 2010-11 team captain Bryce Saddoris placing sixth at 157 pounds. This year’s Navy field includes two wrestlers at each weight class with the exception of 133 pounds where Kalil will be the Mids’ lone representative.
Brackets will be updated live online with links available on the wrestling schedule page of GoMocs.com or via trackwrestling.com(.) The finals will be streamed live through MocsVision on GoMocs.com(.)
2012 Southern Scuffle Information
Date: Sunday, Jan. 1 - Monday, Jan. 2
Venue: McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the host institution)
Participating teams: #3 Minnesota, #4 Cornell, #5 Penn State, #11 Missouri, #15 Virginia Tech, #16 Oregon State, #21 Virginia, #25 Hofstra, Appalachian State, Army, Campbell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Duke, Gardner-Webb, Indiana, Navy, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio, Old Dominion, UT Chattanooga
10:00 am - Sunday, Jan. 1
9:00 am - Monday, Jan. 2
Participating ranked wrestlers:
• 125 - #1 Zach Sanders (Minnesota), #3 Alan Waters (Missouri), #7 Frank Perrelli (Cornell), #9 Matt Snyder (Virginia), #12 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra), #13 Nico Megaludis (Penn State)
• 133 - #5 David Thorn (Minnesota), #11 Nathan McCormick (Missouri), #16 Garrett Drucker (Oregon State), #18 Aaron Kalil (Navy), #20 Matt Nelson (Virginia)
• 141 - #5 Mike Mangrum (Oregon State), #10 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), #14 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), #15 Mike Nevinger (Cornell), #19 Nick Nelson (Virginia)
• 149 - #1 Frank Molinaro (Penn State), #11 Dylan Ness (Minnesota), #14 Kyle Bradley (Missouri), #18 Craig Eifert (Cornell), #20 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State)
• 157 - #1 Kyle Dake (Cornell), #10 Dylan Alton (Penn State), #16 R.J. Pena (Oregon State), #20 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri)
• 165 - #1 David Taylor (Penn State), #3 P.J. Gillespie (Hofstra), #10 Cody Yohn (Minnesota), #12 Zach Toal (Missouri), #20 Kyle Blevins (Appalachian State)
• 174 - #2 Ed Ruth (Penn State), #7 Dorian Henderson (Missouri), #11 Logan Storley (Minnesota), #14 Nick Purdue (Ohio), #15 Te Edwards (Old Dominion), #17 Turtogtokh Luvasandorj (The Citadel)
• 184 - #4 Steve Bosak (Cornell), #5 Quentin Wright (Penn State), #8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), #10 Austin Trotman (Appalachian State), #11 Jon Fausey (Virginia), #15 Luke Rebertus (Navy), #17 Mike Larson (Missouri)
• 197 - #1 Cam Simaz (Cornell, #2 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota), #4 Matt Powless (Indiana), #11 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State), #13 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), #19 Brent Haynes (Missouri)
• 285 - #4 Clayton Jack (Oregon State, #5 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), #7 Tony Nelson (Minnesota), #8 Cameron Wade (Penn State)
• 125 - Patrick Prada - Fr., Laurel, Md. (3-9 / 3-9 career)
• 125 - Tyler Sackett - Sr., Omaha, Neb. (1-2 / 17-18 career)
• 133 - #18 Aaron Kalil - Jr., Salem, N.H. (14-4 / 82-45 career)
• 141 - Raymond Borja - So., Virginia Beach, Va. (5-5 / 10-11 career)
• 141 - Dustin Haislip - Sr., Inwood, W.Va. (0-0 / 23-23 career)
• 149 - Joe Locksmith - So., Kissimmee, Fla. (7-7 / 15-17 career)
• 149 - Peyton Walsh - Fr., Glen Allen, Va. (6-4 / 6-4 career)
• 157 - Bobby Barnhisel - Jr., River Forest, Ill. (3-5 / 21-14 career)
• 157 - Zach Basich - Jr., Wheeling, W.Va. (8-3 / 25-17 career)
• 165 - Mason Bailey - Jr., Fairmont, W.Va. (10-3 / 38-25 career)
• 165 - Jake Schalles - Jr., Orlando, Fla. (8-5 / 17-16 career)
• 174 - Oscar Huntley - Jr., Stafford, Va. (11-4 / 43-23 career)
• 174 - James Mannier - So., Troy, Ohio (10-6 / 17-11 career)
• 184 - Gary Albright - So., Sparks, Nev. (3-4 / 3-4 career)
• 184 - #15 Luke Rebertus - Sr., Gloucester, Va. (13-5 / 86-29 career)
• 197 - Colynn Cook - Fr., Murrysville, Pa. (2-6 / 2-6 career)
• 197 - Paul Rands - Fr./So., Cary, Ill. (7-9 / 12-21 career)
• 285 - Dan Miller - Jr., Berlin, Md. (6-4 / 32-21 career)
• 285 - Chance Rauscher - Jr., Glasgow, Mont. (2-2 / 12-16 career)
### Go Navy ###