ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy wrestling team fell to in-state rival Maryland, 19-12, on Saturday afternoon in University Park. Despite trailing, 16-3, with four bouts to go, the Midshipmen pulled within four points heading into the final match, but couldnâ€™t complete the comeback. Navy is now 3-2 on the year while the Terps improved to 10-3.
â€œWe made some mistakes tonight that cost us and we werenâ€™t able to recover,â€ said Navy head coach Bruce Burnett. â€œI thought we wrestled hard and tough, even though we lost a couple of matches that we had a chance to win.â€
The dual began at 149 pounds where Marylandâ€™s Ben Dorsay defeated Collin Leadbeter, 6-3. The match was tied at three entering the third and Dorsay got a quick escape and then a takedown with just :01 remaining to secure the win.
In the afternoonâ€™s bout between ranked wrestlers, Navyâ€™s sixth-ranked Bryce Saddoris handily defeated No. 13 Kyle John, 7-3, at 157 pounds. Saddoris got two first-period takedowns to jump out front and the only points he allowed in the match came on escapes.
With the score tied at three, the Terps went on to claim victories in the next four bouts. No. 5 Josh Asper got a major decision, 9-1, over Mason Bailey at 165 pounds. At 174 pounds, No. 17 Mike Letts blanked Matt DeMichiel, 4-0.
The Midsâ€™ eighth-ranked Luke Rebertus then dropped a one-point decision to Corey Peltier, 4-3, at 184 pounds. Peltier picked up two near-fall points in the second period and carried a 2-1 lead into the third. After a Peltier escaped pushed his lead to 3-1, Rebertus got a takedown at the :34 mark of the frame to knot the score.
Rebertus couldnâ€™t maintain his advantage, however, and a Peltier escape with a minute remaining proved to be the difference.
In another close bout at 197, Christian Boley got a 5-3 decision over Greg Prioleau. Again with the matched tied heading into the third period, Boley got an escape and a takedown less than :30 into the fame and hung on for the win.
Dan Miller put an end to Marylandâ€™s run in the heavyweight bout as he got a 3-2 decision over Spencer Myers. Miller got a takedown in the first period and then an escape in the second to improve to 13-8 on the year with the win.
Millerâ€™s win made the score 16-6 in favor of the Terps with three bouts to go.
Aaron Kalil continued the Navy comeback at 125 with an 8-3 decision over Shane Gentry. Trailing, 2-1, after the first period, Kalil got a quick reversal and later scored two near-fall points to turn the tide and eventually clinch the victory.
Allen Stein pulled Navy within four points, at 16-12, with his 6-4 decision over Joey Boone at 133 pounds. Steinâ€™s escape and takedown in the second period proved to be the difference.
Marylandâ€™s John Kohler put an end to Navyâ€™s comeback hopes in the final match of the day at 141 pounds with a 4-0 decision over Dustin Haislip. Kohler used an escape and takedown to snap a scoreless third-period tie.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t get any easier next weekend,â€ said Burnett. â€œWe need to get in the room and get back to work and continue to get better. We didnâ€™t wrestle that badly today, just not well enough to win.â€
Burnett will go for his 100th career win next Friday when the Midshipmen host North Carolina in the first of two weekend duals at Halsey Field House. Navy will then take on Rutgers on Saturday. Both meets will begin at 7 p.m.
Maryland 19, Navy 12
149- Ben Dorsay (MD) dec. Collin Leadbeter, 6-3 (3-0)
157- No. 6 Bryce Saddoris (Navy) dec. No. 13 Kyle John, 7-3 (3-3)
165- No. 5 Josh Asper (MD) major dec. Mason Bailey, 9-1 (7-3)
174- No. 17 Mike Letts (MD) dec. Matt DeMichiel, 4-0 (10-3)
184- Corey Peltier (MD) dec. No. 8 Luke Rebertus, 4-3 (13-3)
197- Christian Boley (MD) dec. Greg Prioleau, 5-3 (16-3)
HWT- Dan Miller (Navy) dec. Spencer Myers, 3-2 (16-6)
125- Aaron Kalil (Navy) dec. Shane Gentry, 7-3 (16-9)
133- Allen Stein (Navy) dec. Joey Boone, 6-4 (16-12)
141- Jon Kohler (MD) dec. Dustin Haislip, 4-0 (19-12)
Courtesy of Navy Sports Information