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Navy holds off Maryland, earns program's 900th win

The Navy wrestling team (3-2) held off a rallying Maryland squad (1-2) to defeat the Terps, 21-12, Friday evening at Alumni Hall. Navy held a 15-4 advantage through the first six matches before the Terps won three in a row to cut the Mids' lead to three (15-12). Rookie heavyweight John Birchmeier salted away the victory for the Mids in the final bout of the night by pinning redshirt freshman Parker Robinson 14 seconds into the second period (3:14).

"Tonight was a great event for Navy wrestling fans to get a look up close at the character of this team. We have some tough young guys who stepped up to fill the void left by guys out of the line up right now," said sixth-year Navy head wrestling coach Joel Sharratt.

"The crowd certainly contributed to the electric feeling tonight at Alumni Hall, the home of Navy wrestling, and the team did not disappoint. We wrestled aggressively in all 10 bouts and the athletes demonstrated their understanding of the program's pillars of Position, Pace, Passion.

"It was amazing to have the 'Brother in The Brigade' supporting our team's effort tonight and we thank all of the fans for coming out to support the team."

The Highlights
• The victory was the program's 900th (900-308-26) in its 112-year history.
• The Midshipmen improved to 3-2 in dual competition this season, including a 1-0 mark at home
• Tonight's match marked the 71st meeting between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1951.
• Navy now leads the series, 57-11-3, including a 34-5-1 mark in matches wrestled in Annapolis.
• The Midshipmen have now won eight consecutive matches against the Terps, last losing on Jan. 20, 2012.
• Navy never trailed in the match and led by as much as 11 (15-4 after Tanner Skidgel's win at 165).
• One point was deducted from Maryland's team score during the 197-pound match after the head coach was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
• Freshman John Birchmeier's pin (3:14) against Parker Robinson in the final bout of the night clinched the team victory for the Mids and was his first career victory by fall.
• Eight of the 10 matches (184, 285) included a point for riding time, including the 197-pound match where Jacob Koser held the riding time despite dropping the 12-10 decision.
• First-year starter Logan Treaster (125) scored all of his points in the third period to improve to 4-1 in dual action this season. He leads the team in dual victories this season.
• Logan Treaster (125) and Casey Cobb (133) both captured their 30th career victories with wins in their respective duals Friday evening.

More from Coach Sharratt
• Our lightweight guys came out to set the tone and all three of our starters went out humble and hungry for the opportunity to compete in front of this crowd. They struck early and often in all three position and had fun in the fight.

• Tanner Skidgel is a lightning rod for these guys and his contribution was more than just the points he scored on the mat tonight. The bench was into the matches and I credit these guys for generating the power of spirit behind all 10 guys tonight.

• Missing our team captain tonight was not the way you would write the script, but his leadership showed through in the team culture and guys getting behind each other and this inspired the crowd in many of the bouts.

• The big guys where certainly worth the price of admission tonight with (Jacob) Koser fighting off an early technical error that cost him six points. Making the match one of the most entertaining of the night was his unrelenting never say die grit and moxy. As a coach I can fix technique, but I can't coach the heart of a lion and that's what Jake showed the crowd tonight.

• Birchmeier was dominate in position and showed great composure for a freshman in his first home dual. The methodical approach he had to earn the takedown was big time. The aggression he demonstrated when the opportunity presented to go for the fall was very impressive and a sign of his ability and confidence in that opportunity to execute without hesitation.

What's Ahead
• Navy returns to action next Friday (Dec. 13) when it battles No. 25 Lock Haven (0-1) at Red Lion High School in Red Lion, Pa. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 pm.

Results:
125 | Logan Treaster (NAVY) dec Brandon Cray, 5-0 // Navy 3-0
133 | Casey Cobb (NAVY) dec King Sandoval, 5-2 // Navy 6-0
141 | Cody Trybus (NAVY) dec Hunter Baxter, 8-1 // Navy 9-0
149 | Michael Doetsch major dec Morgan Fuenffinger (NAVY), 9-1 // Navy 9-4
157 | Scout Skidgel (NAVY) dec Lucas Cordio, 9-3 // Navy 12-4
165 | #9 Tanner Skidgel (NAVY) dec Kyle Cochran, 6-2 // Navy 15-4
174 | #20 Philip Spadafora dec Dean Caravela (NAVY), 6-1 // Navy 15-7
184 | Kyle Jasenski dec Hunter Johns (NAVY), 7-4 // Navy 15-10
197 | Jaron Smith dec Jacob Koser (NAVY), 12-10 // Navy 15-12
285 | John Birchmeier (NAVY) pinned Parker Robinson, 3:14 // Navy 21-12
* Maryland docked one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct by head coach

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