Navy Wrestling to Ring in the New Year at the Southern Scuffle
Following a three-week layoff from competition, the Navy wrestling team (3-0, 1-0 EIWA) returns to action on Monday when it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn. to compete in the 2018 Southern Scuffle, presented by Compound Sportswear. McKenzie Arena will serve as the host venue for the two-day tournament slated to begin on Monday at 10:00 am ET.
Monday, January 1
10:00 AM: Pigtails
10:45 AM: Championship round of 32
1:30 PM: 1st round of consolations
2:15 PM: Championship round of 16
4:00 PM: 2nd round of consolations
5:45 PM: 3rd round of consolations
7:30 PM: Championship quarterfinals, 4th round of consolations
Tuesday, January 2
10:00 AM: 5th round of consolations
12:00 PM: Championship semifinals, consolations quarterfinals
2:00 PM: Consolation semifinals
7:00 PM: Championship Finals, Medal Matches
Live Stats: Live results and match-by-match updates will be available at arena.flowrestling.org
Video: Live video coverage will be shown on flowrestling.org with a paid subscription
More on the Scuffle
• This will be Navy’s 14th overall appearance at the Southern Scuffle and fourth under head coach Joel Sharratt.
• Navy’s best finish at the tournament was in its debut in 2004 when the Midshipmen placed third out of 23 teams. Its best finish under Sharratt was a 17th-place showing (out of 31 teams) in 2016.
• Last season, the Mids placed 19th among the 23 teams who competed.
• Two Mids have claimed Southern Scuffle individual titles - 141-pound Nate Gulosh in 2004 and heavyweight Ed Prendergast in 2007.
• Five teams have accounted for the team title in the last 13 years the tournament has been held - Minnesota (2004-05-07), Missouri (2006), Cornell (2008-09-10), Penn State (2011-12-13-14-15-16) and Oklahoma State (2017).
• Representatives from eight teams who finished in the top 25 at last year’s NCAA Tournament are making their way to Chattanooga for the New Year’s event. Individually, there could be as many as seven individual NCAA Champions on the mat. Over 70 of the competitors qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament, while 20 were All-Americans.
• Teams competing at this year’s Southern Scuffle include (*denotes partial team participation): Air Force, Appalachian State, Cal State Bakersfield, Campbell, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Drexel, Duke, Gardner-Webb, George Mason, Hofstra, Lehigh, Lock Haven, Navy, North Carolina*, NC State*, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Stanford, Utah Valley, Virginia, Virginia Tech*
• All three of Navy’s ranked wrestlers will be in action this weekend at the Southern Scuffle, including sophomore 141-pound Jared Prince (No. 11) who will be making his first appearance of the season. He will be joined by No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein (174) and No. 17 Michael Coleman (184).
• After eclipsing the 100-win milestone at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in early December, Bernstein continues his march up the the Navy wins leader board. He enters the Scuffle tied for 13th on the all-time wins list with 101, needed one win to tie Luke Rebertus (2009-12) for 12th. He stands just seven wins outside of the top top (108 by Peyton Walsh, 2012-15).
• As previously mentioned, 2017 NCAA qualifier Jared Prince is expected to make his season debut after nursing an injury the first two months of the season. Ranked 11th at 141 pounds, Prince put together a 27-9 record a year ago, including a 20-9 mark in tournament action.
• While Prince has been sidelined, junior Nicholas Gil has filled in nicely. A 2016 NCAA qualifier, Gil has won two individual titles at 141 pounds this season and owns a 14-2 record.
• Eastern Michigan Open champion and Navy Classic runner-up Michael Coleman enters the Scuffle with a 13-3 record and a #17 national ranking. Two of Coleman’s three losses have been to opponents ranked among the nation’s top 10.
• Senior Drew Daniels will put his undefeated record on the line when he takes the mat at 165 pounds this week. He owns an 11-0 record, winning individual titles at the Eastern Michigan Open and Navy Classic.
• Bernstein’s classmate 157-pound Zack Davis is inching closer to the 100-win milestone. Davis has amassed an 88-45 record over three-plus seasons and stands 12-4 this year.
Projected Navy Lineup
• 125 - Aslan Kilic / Fr. / 3-3 / 3-3 career
• 133 - Cody Trybus / Fr. / 7-6 / 7-6 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Fr/So runner-up
• 133 - Jonathan Gabriel / Fr. / 8-2 / 8-2 career / 2017 Ursinus Fall Brawl Champion
• 141 - No. 11 Jared Prince / So. / 0-0 / 27-9 career
• 141 - Nicholas Gil / Jr. / 14-2 / 60-25 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion, 2017 Navy Classic Champion
• 149 - Corey Wilding / Sr. / 12-4 / 63-51 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open runner-up, 2017 Navy Classic 5th/6th
• 157 - Zack Davis / Sr. / 12-4 / 88-45 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open 3rd place, 2017 Navy Classic 5th place
• 157 - Quentin Hovis / Fr. / 5-2 / 52- career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open (Fr/So) Champion
• 165 - Drew Daniels / Sr. / 11-0 / 53-37 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion, 2017 Navy Classic Champion
• 165 - Jonathan Carrera / Jr. / 5-5 / 21-22 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open runner-up
• 165 - Tanner Skidgel / Fr. / 0-0 / 0-0 career
• 174 - No. 8 Jadaen Bernstein / Sr. / 12-2 / 101-39 career / 2017 Navy Classic Champion, 2017 CKLV Invitational 5th place
• 174 - AJ Alford / So. / 6-1 / 14-9 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion
• 184 - No. 17 Michael Coleman / Sr. / 13-3 / 65-37 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open Champion, 2017 Navy Classic runner-up
• 197 - Joshua Roetman / So. / 6-3 / 13-8 career / 2017 Eastern Michigan Open 5th place
• 285 - Austin Faunce / Sr. / 8-5 / 12-8 career
• 285 - Andrew Piehl / So. / 4-4 / 13-13 career
Mids In the Rankings
• 141 - Sophomore Jared Prince
No. 11 InterMat
No. 15 FloWrestling
No. 14 Trackwrestling
• 174 - Senior Jadaen Bernstein
No. 8 InterMat
No. 8 FloWrestling
No. 13 Trackwrestling
• 184 - Senior Michael Coleman
No. 17 InterMat
No. 20 FloWrestling
Following its trip to Chattanooga for the Southern Scuffle, Navy will send a small squad to Lancaster, Pa. for the Franklin & Marshall Open next Saturday, while on Sunday the Mids will play host to EIWA foe Bucknell in dual action. The Mids and Bison will square off at 2:00 pm at Wesley Brown Field House in Annapolis.
### Go Navy ###