Navy tops Boston U.

BOSTON -- Senior Nestor Taffur kept his dual record perfect with a win at 157, as the Boston University wrestling team fell to Navy, 33-3, on Saturday evening at Case Gymnasium. Competing in its first dual match of the season, Navy improves 1-0 (1-0 EIWA), while the Terriers drop to 1-5 (0-4 EIWA).

The Midshipmen earned two pins and won seven of eight matches by decision. Four of their victories were by four points or less.

In the most exciting match of the day, the 14th-ranked Taffur moved to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in dual action with a 6-5 decision over Zach Johnson. After Taffur earned a critical two minutes of riding time in the second period, Johnson had a late escape with three seconds left to put the score at 2-2.

Johnson grabbed a 5-4 lead with an escape and takedown, but Taffur got out and prevented any chance of another takedown by clamping down in the final 30 seconds with both benches screaming. Taffur earned BU's lone victory by result of riding time.

Navy's James Mannier opened the competition at 184 with an 11-4 decision over senior Eric Des Lauriers. The Midshipmen went on to win the first seven matches of the evening, highlighted by pins over freshman Aaron Conrad (197) and senior Bubba McGinley(125).

Senior Kevin Innis (285) entered the third period with the score 2-2, but Midshipman Colynn Cook had a late three-point near fall and the advantage of riding time to escape with the 6-2 decision.

After junior Tyler Scotton dropped a 2-0 decision to Joe Locksmith, senior Nick Tourville battled Raymond Borja to the final second. Like Taffur, Borja prevented a last second takedown to pull out the 6-4 decision and clinch the team victory for Navy.

The Terriers will next focus on final exams and then prepare for the Southern Scuffle, which will take place in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Jan. 1-2. BU's next home matches will take place on Sunday, Jan. 12 against American and Army.

184 - James Mannier (Navy) dec. Eric Des Lauriers (BU), 11-4
197 - Paul Rands (Navy) pinned Aaron Conrad (BU), 4:41
285 - Colynn Cook (Navy) dec. Kevin Innis (BU), 6-2
125 - Brendan Campbell (Navy) pinned Bubba McGinley (BU), 1:46
133 - #20 Colton Rasche (Navy) dec. Dane Harlowe (BU), 8-4
141 - Joe Locksmith (Navy) dec. Tyler Scotton (BU), 2-0
149 - Raymond Borja (Navy) dec. Nick Tourville (BU), 6-4
157 - #14 Nestor Taffur (BU) dec. Zach Johnson, 6-5 RT
165 - Peyton Walsh (Navy) dec. Mitchell Wightman (BU), 11-4
174 - Johnny Watson (Navy) dec. Colin Saunders (BU), 6-1


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