Navy freshman Jacob Koser's win by fall over 197-pound William Jarrell broke an 18-18 tie and led the Navy wrestling team (5-4, 2-1 EIWA) to a 24-21 victory over conference foe American (2-6, 2-4 EIWA) Friday evening at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. Though American won six of the 10 matches, all four of the Mids' victories were by fall, enabling Navy to capture its 14th win in 16 meetings against the Eagles.
"The strength of a good team is being there for one another and these guys are doing just that. We had some guys step up and score bonus points in this match and that ultimately made the difference in the dual," said sixth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt. "The growth that comes through competition is hard to replicate in a training environment and there were many lessons learned from tonight. We have guys who are aggressive and set a high pace, but tonight some of that aggressiveness, when not paired with solid position, cost us unearned points. We will continue to improve in the little things that will close out the close matches in our favor and we will make adjustments in those positions we need to focus on to get to where we need to be with a handful of duals remaining on our schedule.
"I am excited to see how these guys rebound in tomorrow's second EIWA dual of the weekend. This is a great simulation of the EIWA's for these guys and the last time they will have two consecutive weigh-ins going into the conference tournament. Cobb, Prince, Carey and Koser all had quality wins that included them controlling the ties, setting an aggressive pace and competing with heart every second they where on the mat. We have talent across the line up for everyone to emulate and as a team we have guys with heart and that's a recipe for success."
• The Midshipmen moved to 5-4 in dual competition this season, including a 2-1 record against EIWA competition.
• Navy is now 14-2 all-time against the Eagles, including an 8-0 mark in matches wrestled in Washington, D.C.
• There were three lead changes in the match - all three among the first five bouts - and three ties.
• American never held the lead after its 9-6 advantage following the fourth match (149).
• Navy broke the final tie (18-18) with a Jacob Koser win by fall.
• Navy inserted three new starters into the lineup - 149 Val Park (L, 7-3), 157 Jared Prince (W, 4:29) and 165 Brian Case (L, 8-6 SV).
• Val Park made just his second career appearance (11-10-20 vs. Penn State) in a dual and for the second time faced one of the nation's elite competitors. He put forth a solid effort in a 7-3 loss to #8 Kizhan Clarke.
• Jared Prince, a three-time NCAA qualifier, made his season debut on Friday evening, pushing up a weight class to 157 pounds. Prince won his match by fall over Ethan Karsten at 4:29.
• Jared Prince is now 18-1 all-time in wins by fall (8-0 Fr / 4-1 So / 5-0 Jr / 1-0 Sr).
• The win by Jared Prince marked the 70th of his career (70-26), as he improved to 13-4 all-time in dual action.
• Brian Case, who placed third at the All-Academy Championship a week ago, made his dual debut in place of nationally-ranked Tanner Skidgel at 165 pounds. Case got a late escape to level the match at 6-6 and sent it into overtime. Timothy Fitzpatrick, however, earned the victory by way of a takedown in sudden victory.
• Casey Cobb (133) secured his third dual victory by way of a pin against Joshua Vega, who was wrestling in his first collegiate dual match. Cobb has never lost a match by fall, winning all six during his career.
• Team captain Spencer Carey (174) led 9-2 when he utilized a cradle to pin Conner Allshouse at 3:24. Carey is now 4-1 in matches resulting in a fall this season and 16-3 over his four-year career.
• Jacob Koser (197) jumped out to an 8-1 start early in the match before turning fellow freshman William Jarrell for the fall. Koser is now 15-5 on the year, including a team-best 7-2 in dual competition.
• 16th-ranked Logan Treaster (125) held a 1-0 advantage with under 10 seconds remaining in his match against Gage Curry when he was hit with his second stall for the match-tying point. Curry followed it up with a takedown and claimed the 3-2 win despite Treaster's point for riding time.
• Cody Trybus (141) also tasted defeat in the waning seconds of his match against Sal Profaci. Profaci was able to throw Trybus on the edge for the match-winning takedown with 11 seconds left.
125 | Gage Curry dec #16 Logan Treaster (NAVY), 3-2 // American 3-0
133 | Casey Cobb (NAVY) fall Joshua Vega, 4:40 // Navy 6-3
141 | Sal Profaci dec Cody Trybus (NAVY), 7-5 // Tied 6-6
149 | #8 Kizhan Clarke dec Val Park (NAVY), 7-3 // American 9-6
157 | Jared Prince (NAVY) fall Ethan Karsten, 4:29 // Navy 12-9
165 | Timothy Fitzpatrick dec Brian Case (NAVY), 8-6 SV // Tied 12-12
174 | Spencer Carey (NAVY) fall Conner Allshouse, 3:24 // Navy 18-12
184 | #19 Tanner Harvey fall Andrew Buckley (NAVY), 0:49 // Tied 18-18
197 | Jacob Koser (NAVY) dec William Jarrell, 2:21 // Navy 24-18
285 | Niko Camacho dec John Birchmeier (NAVY), 5-1 // Navy 24-21
• The Midshipmen return to action Saturday afternoon when they make the drive to Philadelphia to battle Drexel (6-6, 2-2 EIWA) at Daskalakis Athletic Center beginning at 4:00 pm. Flowrestling and FloArena will carry the action online.
• Navy will also send a handful of wrestlers to compete at the Edinboro Open on Saturday (9:00 am).