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Navy dominates Maryland, wins 7th straight in series

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Navy wrestling team (1-1, 0-0 EIWA) won eight of the 10 bouts en route to a 31-6 victory over Maryland (0-2) Friday evening at XFINITY Center in College Park. The Midshipmen have now won seven in a row against the Terps, including each of the last four wrestled in College Park.

"This a group of wrestlers who went out and competed hard and had a lot of fun in what was our second dual against a Big Ten opponent this season," said fifth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt. "As a team, we are still improving our wrestling IQ. The strategy and tactics we faced tonight by a smart Maryland team will help our guys grow and develop. It's critical our youth continue to have fun, learn and hone their skills tactically and strategically every day over the course of the season."

The Highlights
• The 25-point victory marked the largest margin of victory by either team in the series since 2005 when the Mids earned a 35-6 win (+29) over Maryland in College Park.
• Navy won the first three matches of the evening to jump out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back. The closest Maryland would get was to within nine (12-3) following Alfred Bannister's victory in the fourth match of the night.
• Among Navy's eight individual wins, five were bonus-point victories including a win by fall (5:24) at 133 pounds by sophomore Casey Cobb over Orion Anderson. Tanner Skidgel (165), 18th-ranked Spencer Carey (174), Joshua Roetman (197) and Thomas Ott (285) all earned wins by major decision at their respective weight classes.
• Navy's two losses on the evening were by a combined two points. 18th-ranked Alfred Bannister of Maryland edged Navy junior Jared Prince, ranked 19th, by a 5-4 mark at 149 pounds. Kyle Jasenski bested Navy senior Anthony Cable, 3-2, at 184 pounds.
• Earning their first collegiate dual victories were sophomores Quentin Hovis at 157 pounds and Tanner Skidgel at 165 pounds and junior Spencer Carey at 174 pounds. Hovis dealt Maryland's Adam Whitesell a 4-2 loss in what was his first career dual appearnce, while Skidgel earned a 13-2 major decision over Idris White in just his second career dual match (lost 3-2 vs. Kaleb Romero of Ohio State in the opener). Carey, meanwhile, went 0-1 in dual action a year ago, but produced a 16-4 victory over the Terps' Philip Spadafora.
• 125-pound Jacob Allen and 197-pound Joshua Roetman are the only two Navy wrestlers to go 2-0 in dual action this season. Allen, a freshman, scored a 3-1 victory over Maryland's Brandon Cray in the opening match of the evening, while Roetman shut out the Terps' Niko Cappello en route to an 11-0 major decision.
• Senior team captain Nicholas Gil, ranked 18th at 141 pounds, inched his way closer to the 100-win milestone by posting a 3-2 victory over Maryland's Michael Doetsch to improve to 91-36 over his four seasons.

What's Ahead
• The Midshipmen will step away from the competition mat for the remainder of the month before gearing up to take part in the Southern Scuffle held in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Jan. 1-2.

Results:
125 | Jacob Allen (NAVY) dec over Brandon Cray, 3-1 (MD 0, NAVY 3)
133 | Casey Cobb (NAVY) fall over Orion Anderson, 5:24 (MD 0, NAVY 9)
141 | #18 Nicholas Gil (NAVY) dec over Michael Doetsch, 3-2 (MD 0, NAVY 12)
149 | #18 Alfred Bannister (MD) dec over #19 Jared Prince, 5-4 (MD 3, NAVY 12)
157 | Quentin Hovis (NAVY) dec over Adam Whitesell, 4-2 (MD 3, NAVY 15)
165 | Tanner Skidgel (NAVY) major dec over Idris White, 13-2 (MD 3, NAVY 19)
174 | #18 Spencer Carey (NAVY) major dec over Phillip Spadafora, 16-4 (MD 3, NAVY 23)
184 | Kyle Jasenski (MD) dec over Anthony Cable, 3-2 (MD 6, NAVY 23)
197 | Joshua Roetman (NAVY) major dec over Niko Cappello, 11-0 (MD 6, NAVY 27)
285 | Thomas Ott (NAVY) major dec over Mansur Abdul-Malik, 13-3 (MD 6, NAVY 31)

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