Terps senior Justin Alexander (red) grapples with the Hawkeyes Michael Kemerer (black). (Lila Bromberg/ The Left Bench)

Navy outlasts Terps in wrestling rivalry matchup

By Mike Touma

The Terps fell to a tenacious Navy team in their match on Friday with a score of 31-6. Although the matches were close until the third period, the Mids pulled away late to get a victory in College Park.

A conditioned Navy squad kept the energy up throughout entire match to take down the Terps. The Mids outlasted Maryland, taking each match late into the third period either tied or only up by one or two points.

The Naval Academy trained its team well to stay strong late in the match when the Terps started to get tired. Many of their takedowns occured in the third period when the Mids took advantage of the winded Terps, gaining easy points down the stretch.

“They were tired, but they wrestled hard when they were tired,” said Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy about the Navy team. “They didn’t stop when they were tired.”

The sophomore 133-pound Casey Cobb earned the only pin of night for Navy, beating his opponent early in the second period, starting the trend of the Mids pulling away the rest of the match. Other big wins came by Tanner Skidgel’s, Thomas Ott’s, Joshua Roetman’s, and Spencer Carey’s major decisions.

For the Terps, one of their two victories came at the hands of redshirt-senior captain Alfred Bannister with a 5-4 victory of in the marquee matchup of the night in the 149 weight class over Jared Prince. His takedown in the first period secured the victory in a match that came down to the final seconds with roars coming from the crowd after the final whistle.

“This whole week I was just training to move more, fake more, shoot more and get back to what i usually do to win,” said Bannister on his preparation for the big win.

Redshirt freshman 184-pound Kyle Jasenski won the other match for Maryland over Anthony Cable with a score of 3-2. This was Jasenski’s second victory of the season in dual matches, increasing his season record to 2-0.

“I’ve just been sticking to what my coaches have been telling me to do,” Jasenski said. “Sticking to the game plan and working hard.”

“Just go out and wrestle and compete,” said McCoy about learning from this loss. “They kept attacking, they kept attacking, so we just make an adjustment, we can work on that.”

In all their effort, the Terps were unable to keep up with Navy late, causing them to fall to a 0-2 record on the season. In terms of the rivalry between the two teams, the Mids control it recently, not giving up a Maryland victory since the 2012 season.

The Terps will look for their first victory of the season in a quick turnaround against Central Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Xfinity Center.