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Navy defeats Hofstra in first meeting since 1974

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy wrestling team (3-1, 2-0 EIWA) won seven matches, including three by way of fall, to secure a 30-12 victory over Hofstra (1-6, 0-2 EIWA) Sunday evening at Alumni Hall. The Mids dropped the first match of the dual, but won six straight to take a 24-3 lead and never looked back.

"Today was a good challenge for the 10 athletes who had the opportunity to compete in the Navy blue and gold singlet," said fifth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt. "Hofstra came to wrestle and several of our guys had to work hard to open up opportunities to put points on the board. The team we wrestled tonight challenged us in certain positions we don't see a lot and it was a valuable match and great experience for these guys.

"We move forward into a big week with Lehigh and Duke and every athlete on our roster has to maximize the lessons learned to get better every day in Lejeune Hall and every weekend in Alumni Hall. Our wrestlers have a huge upside and the attitude is positive and commitment unparalleled. Tomorrow we get back to work.

"Special thanks to everyone at the Naval Academy and the world-class effort to meet the mission despite the poor weather conditions. The athletic department staff and IAP did an amazing job to get the gates open to host the event."

The Highlights
• Hofstra opened the day wrestling at American (12-noon) where it dropped a 22-12 decision.
• Sunday's match marked the Mids' first home event since playing host to the annual Navy Classic on Nov. 17 and their first home dual of the 2018-19 season.
• Navy now owns a 6-0 series advantage against Hofstra, including a 4-0 mark in matches contested in Annapolis (20-6 in 1961, 26-6 in 1963, 34-8 in 1974, 30-12 in 2019).
• 197-pound junior Joshua Roetman pushed his dual record to 4-0 this season after pinning (3:48) Hofstra senior Nezar Haddad. Roetman is the only wrestler on the Navy roster to win all four duals this season. While Roeman is 4-0, senior heavyweight Thomas Ott is now 3-0 after capturing a 3-2 victory over Omar Haddad.
• Three of Navy's seven victories were by fall - Spencer Carey at 174, Joshua Roetman at 197 and Casey Cobb at 133.
• Sophomore Wyatt Long made his first collegiate dual appearance, replacing Jared Prince in the lineup at 149 pounds.
• Sophomore 165-pound Tanner Skidgel overcame a 2-0 deficit to post an escape and takedown in the final 48 seconds to secure a 3-2 win over Hofstra's Ricky Stamm.
• 19th-ranked Spencer Carey produced eight takedowns in the first and second period before pinning rookie 174-pound Corey Langner at 4:55.
• Senior 184-pound Anthony Cable earned his first collegiate dual victory by way of a 3-2 decision against Trey Rogers. Cable recorded the match-winning point with his third-period escape which was the only point scored by either wrestler in the third period.
• Sophomore 133-pound Casey Cobb built a 10-0 lead on a takedown and a pair of four-point nearfalls before pinning Hofstra's Jacob Martin as time ran out in the second period.
• Just 45 seconds had elapsed in the 141-pound match between 17th-ranked Nicholas Gil of Navy and Hofstra's Garrett Lambert when the match was halted due to an injury. Lambert was awarded a point after Gil was called for an illegal hold that sent Lambert into a concussion protocol. After roughly a five-minute examination, Lambert was unable to continue and because it was an illegal hold that caused the injury, Lambert was awarded the victory which accounted for six points.

More from the Coach
• Tanner Skidgel had a gutsy performance and was relentless in his Expect To Win attitude when he scored the go-ahead takedown at the 30-second mark. He is very talented and tonight that takedown late in a hard-fought match showed grit and determination.

• Spencer Carey demonstrates what being brilliant in the basics can do to any opponent. He wrestled in great position, worked hard in every position and always stayed aggressive. Earning a win by fall was the by-product of physically imposing himself on his opponent.

• Roetman went out there against a talented opponent and forced his position and capitalized in forcing his position, wrestling through the edge and wrestling IQ to win by fall.

• Thomas Ott remains one of the crowd favorites. His effort and determination was palatable and he earned a nice win against a good athlete tonight.

• Jacob Allen was dominant in leg attacks, but was beaten by a technical deficiency in one area and that cost him that match. He is one of the hardest workers in the program and I was not surprised to see him being mentored immediately after his match by Jared Prince in an effort to gain knowledge and get better every week.

• Nick Gil wrestles hard and physical and when you are as explosive as he is, there is always a risk of injury. He was wrestling in great position and when his hip power exploded, his opponent simply lost control and we could not protect him on our mat return. I can not fault Nick for giving 100 percent and feel
it's unfortunate for both athletes the bout ended with the injury default from our mat return.

• Casey Cobb has continued to become one of the most gritty and determined men in our lineup. His aggressiveness tonight was at another level and he's becoming a crowd pleaser as he's always looking for the fall when he's on top.

• Anthony Cable wrestled a hard-fought match and making a couple of of adjustments to his leg attack finishes will move him up a tier in national ranking consideration over the next 45 days. I am pleased with his effort and with committed effort, he will be a surprise to many at the EIWA Championship.

• Wyatt Long stepped in the lineup for the first time tonight and the physical bout caught him by surprise. He is very talented and can score from many dynamic positions, but he has to improve in the physical battle that comes with high-level competition. He's on the right track and has many lessons to learn from tonight's bout that, when corrected, will make him a significant contributor towards achieving our goals.

What's Ahead
• The Midshipmen will play host to long-time EIWA rival Lehigh, along with Duke in back-to-back duals next Sunday at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, respectively.
• Lehigh owns a 51-47 series advantage and has won seven in a row against the Mids with Navy's last win in the series coming on Jan. 15, 2011, in Annapolis.
• The Mids hold a 13-2 series advantage over Duke with each of the last two meetings decided by tie-breaking criteria (Navy won in 2017, Duke won in 2018).
• A free live video stream of both matches will be available on the Patriot League Network.

Results:
149 | Holden Heller (Hofstra) dec Wyatt Long, 10-6 (Navy 0, Hofstra 3)
157 | Quentin Hovis (NAVY) dec over Ryan Burkert, 8-2 (Navy 3, Hofstra 3)
165 | Tanner Skidgel (NAVY) dec over Ricky Stamm, 3-2 (Navy 6, Hofstra 3)
174 | #19 Spencer Carey (NAVY) fall over Corey Langner, 4:55 (Navy 12, Hofstra 3)
184 | Anthony Cable (NAVY) dec over Trey Rogers, 3-2 (Navy 15, Hofstra 3)
197 | Joshua Roetman (NAVY) fall over Nezar Haddad, 3:48 (Navy 21, Hofstra 3)
285 | Thomas Ott (NAVY) dec over Omar Haddad, 3-2 (Navy 24, Hofstra 3)
125 | Dylan Ryder (Hofstra) dec over Jacob Allen, 6-0 (Navy 24, Hofstra 6)
133 | Casey Cobb (NAVY) fall over Jacob Martin, 3:00 (Navy 30, Hofstra 6)
141 | Garrett Lambert (Hofstra) injury default over #17 Nicholas Gil (Navy 30, Hofstra 12)

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