Team captain Spencer Carey's win by fall in the third match of the night set the tone for the Navy wrestling team (7-4, 3-1 EIWA) and provided a lead the Mids would not relinquish en route to a 23-14 win over George Mason (7-6) Thursday evening at the Recreation Athletic Complex in Fairfax, Va.
Navy fell behind 3-0 when GMU's Kolby Ho dealt Jack Stanton-Taddeo an 11-5 loss in the opening match of the evening at 157 pounds. The Mids answered a match later when freshman Brian Case earned one of the biggest wins of his career, beating redshirt senior Ryan Yorkdale in sudden victory, 3-1. Case scored his match-winning takedown just 13 seconds into the extra frame to level the match at three apiece.
Carey stepped to the mat where he met a much taller Anthony Lombardo. Carey nearly had a pin early in the match, but came away with back points. He built a 9-2 advantage and with just eight seconds remaining, Carey scored the pin. The Carey win gave Navy a 9-3 advantage and the Mids would never trail again in the match.
"I am most impressed with the continued growth that I am seeing week to week in the team," said sixth-year Navy head coach Joel Sharratt. "We have a fierce competitor as our team captain leading the way. Spencer's match tonight showed what it means to compete the entire bout. His fall was a great turnaround after a bit of a slow start in the first two matches. I thought the team rallied behind his fire tonight."
• The Midshipmen moved to 7-4 in dual competition this season, having earned wins in each of their last three duals.
• Navy has wrestled four consecutive duals on the road - Lehigh (L, 23-9), American (W, 24-21), Drexel (W, 23-15) and George Mason (W, 23-14) - and will again be away from home on Sunday when it battles Duke.
• Navy is now 11-0 all-time against the Patriots, including 4-0 at GMU's home venue.
• Navy led by as many as 12 (20-8 and 23-11) and trailed by as many as 3 (0-3). There was just one tie in the match (3-3).
• The Mids won 6 of the 10 matches, including bonus-point victories by Spencer Carey (174) and Jacob Koser (197).
• Making just his third career dual appearance, freshman Brian Case (165) earned his first career dual victory with a 3-1 win in sudden victory over redshirt senior Ryan Yorkdale. He dropped a tough 8-6 decision in sudden victory just a week ago to American's Timothy Fitzpatrick.
• Spencer Carey posted the 17th win by fall of his career, edging out the final buzzer by just eight seconds. Three of Carey's last four victories have come by fall (4:38 vs. Dominick Esposito at All-Academy Championship // 3:24 vs. Conner Allshouse in American dual // 6:52 vs. Anthony Lombardo in George Mason dual).
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• Rookie Jacob Koser (197) won his eighth consecutive match with a dominant effort against Ram Montalvo. Koser, who held a 12-1 advantage after the first period, earned the 17-1 tech fall in just over four minutes and is now 5-0 in matches ending by tech falls. He improved to 17-5 overall and owns a team-best 9-2 mark in dual action.
• John Birchmeier (285) pushed his dual mark to above .500 with a 7-4 win over Jake Slinger. Winner of five of his last six matches, Birchmeier stands 16-8 on the year and 6-5 in dual competition.
• Logan Treaster (125) weathered a tough match against GMU's Talha Farooq (9-4) and is now just one win shy of the 20-win milestone (19-7, 8-3).
• Cody Trybus (141) used patience in earning a 3-1 win over Alex Madrigal, the nation's leader in tech falls (10). The two met earlier this season with Madrigal taking a 5-2 decision at the Southern Scuffle. Trybus was the aggressor throughout Thursday's match and secured his 18th win over the season with the match-winning takedown with under 30 seconds remaining in the match.
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• Jacob Koser got the fans out of their seats with his aggressive leg attacks and dominant top game. He, too, is improving every week in multiple positions and has the mentality and drive to keep climbing through the end of March.
• John Birchmeier had a physical match tonight and really showed where he is at as far as physical endurance to compete for seven minutes, as well as some very strong leg attacks. He competes like a 125-pound athlete and is very exciting.
• Logan Treaster wrestled well and opened up scoring points in some positions that he has been unwilling to attack from earlier this season. He remains strong and steady in his improvement and adding new dimentions will certainly add to his game.
• Cody Trybus wrestled the most solid "NAVY WAY" bout of the night. He brought the fight for all seven minutes against a secure ranked opponent. He attacked early and often and made his own luck in the third period with his composure and unwavering physical pace.
157 | Kolby Ho dec Jack Stanton-Taddeo (NAVY), 11-5 // GM 3-0
165 | Brian Case (NAVY) dec Ryan Yorkdale, 3-1 SV // Tied 3-3
174 | Spencer Carey (NAVY) fall Anthony Lombardo, 6:52 // Navy 9-3
184 | Paul Pierce tech fall Andrew Buckley (NAVY), 20-5 (6:05) // Navy 9-8
197 | Jacob Koser (NAVY) tech fall Ram Montalvo, 17-1 (4:07) // Navy 14-8
285 | John Birchmeier (NAVY) dec Jake Slinger, 7-4 // Navy 17-8
125 | Logan Treaster (NAVY) dec Talha Farooq, 9-5 // Navy 20-8
133 | Josh Jones dec Casey Cobb (NAVY), 9-8 // Navy 20-11
141 | Cody Trybus (NAVY) dec Alex Madrigal, 3-1 // Navy 23-11
149 | Colston DiBlasi dec Val Park (NAVY), 5-2 // Navy 23-14
• Navy will make the drive to North Carolina on Sunday where it faces Duke (0-12, 0-2 ACC). Slated for 2:00 pm, the match will be held at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C.