Navy Edges #23 Terps, 22-18
Jan. 19, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Geoffrey Alexander earned his third pin in four matches and fifth-ranked Josh Asper knocked off 13th-ranked Mat Miller, but Navy scored a pin in the final match to defeat the 23rd-ranked Maryland wrestling team, 22-18, Saturday night at Comcast Pavilion.
The Terps (9-5) and Midshipmen split 10 matches, but bonus points made the difference in the dual as Navy scored two major decisions, a technical fall and a pin.
"We have to continue to get better," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "The difference in the match was bonus points. We were fortunate to get a pin. They got the pin at the end and the three matches in which they got bonus points were the difference."
Shane Gentry (125) and 16th-ranked Alexander (133) set up a dual-deciding match at 141 with a decision and pin, respectively. After the Midshipmen earned a sudden-victory decision at heavyweight to increase their lead to 16-9, Gentry stepped onto the mat with the Terps needing a victory.
After a scoreless first period, Gentry began the second in the down position and scored an escape to take a 1-0 lead. The junior carried the lead into the third period and successfully fought off several early shots by Navy's Patrick Prada. But with 21 seconds remaining, Prada connected on a shot and scored what appeared to be a match-winning takedown. Moments later, Gentry circled around Prada for a reversal with seven seconds left in the match to get the vital victory.
Alexander followed Gentry looking to score points and cut into the Terps' four-point deficit. Alexander connected on a shot 18 seconds into the match to take a two point lead. Two minutes later, Alexander ended the match as he took the Mids' Colton Rasche to the mat for the pin, which gave the Terps an 18-16 lead heading into the final match at 141 between Frank Goodwin and Navy's Joe Locksmith.
"Geoffrey had a couple of tough loses and was able to bounce back," said McCoy. "He is stepping up in urgent and important situations."
Goodwin tallied a takedown midway through the first period, but injured his knee moments later. The junior continued to wrestle into the second period before Locksmith climbed Goodwin's leg and got him onto his back for the pin five seconds before the end of the period.
Coming into Saturday night, the featured matchup was between Asper and Miller at 174. After the Midshipmen won the first three matches, Asper got the Terps on the board with a 3-1 decision. Asper scored an escape to begin the second period and added a takedown to get the win.
Navy 22, No. 23 Maryland 18
149: Raymond Borja (NAVY) tech. fall Shane Arechiga (MD), 19-3 (5-0)