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Three Navy Wrestlers Win Titles at Bearcat Open

Vestal, New York – The Navy wrestling team was well represented on the podium at the 13th Annual Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open. Andreas Cerniglia (157 pounds), Jacob Koser (197 pounds) and Grady Griess (285 pounds) took home singles championships as Navy finished its second tournament with eight wrestlers placing and five finishing in the top three of their respective weight classes.

Cerniglia repeated as the 157-pound Bearcat Open champion with a 4-0 record, defeating West Virginia’s Alex Hornfeck in the championship match with a 4-3 decision for his third career tournament title. Koser won his fourth tournament championship of his career by defeating Penn State’s Lucas Cochran in the semifinals with a dominant 12-0 major decision before beating West Virginia’s Austin Cooley 11-5 in the finals. Griess won his second tournament in a row at the start of the season and remained undefeated with a 3-0 record. Griess also won his first career match against an InterMat ranked opponent when he defeated 19th place Michael Wolfgram of West Virginia 6-4 in the semifinals.

Josh Koderhandt (141 pounds) and David Key (184 pounds) both improved on their placings at the Bearcat Open from a year ago as both wrestlers finished second in their respective weight classes. Koderhandt didn’t make it into the tournament last season but won three games through the fall to advance to the finals before losing to Cornell’s Vince Cornella. Key’s semifinal match was a thriller and went into Tiebreaker 2, but Key won the match against Anthony Carman of West Virginia in 28th place by a 7-6 decision. Key won his fourth match against a ranked opponent and placed in his third career tournament.

student in the first year Jacob Luke (197 pounds) had a great day at Vestal with a fourth place finish. Lucas defeated Clarion’s Brett Wittmann by a 12-3 major decision and Penn State’s Levko Higgins by a 7-4 decision for Navy’s best freshman placement of the season this season.

Navy wrestling is back next Saturday when it hosts the 43rd annual Navy Classic. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. at the Wesley A. Brown Field House. The Navy will see the Academy’s rival Air Force alongside EIWA conference enemies American and Bucknell. Michigan State returns to defend its title while Nebraska seeks its first Navy Classic win since 1997. Coach Kolat also welcomes his alma mater, Lock Haven, as well as The Citadel, Davidson, Kent State, Ohio and VMI.

Admission to the Navy Classic is free, but vehicle access to the Naval Academy is restricted to drivers with a Department of Defense ID. All other visitors may park off Naval Academy grounds and proceed through gate 1 security or take the complimentary shuttles. Shuttles will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will pick up spectators at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Md., 21401). Enter the blue/west parking lot through Gate 5 on Taylor Avenue. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Visitors 18 and older must present a government-issued ID (driver’s license/passport) to access Academy grounds, while visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Open Bearcat results

125 – Zach Espalin (1-2, not placed)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: Sheldon Seymour, Lehigh-Unattached/Dec/ lost 6-2
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: defeated Grant TreasterNavy/Medical Forfeit
• Disadvantages. of 8 #1: def. Yanni Vines, Columbia-Unattached/Dec/ 4-3
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: lost to Mason Leiphart, Franklin & Marshall / Fall / 3:16

125 – Grant Treaster (0-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: Lost to Joe Sciarrone Jr., Cornell/Dec/5-0
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: lost against Zach EspalinNavy/Medical Forfeit

133 – Brendan Ferretti (0-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: lost to #33 Pat Phillips, Franklin & Marshall / Fall / 6:10
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: lost to Ivan Garcia, Binghamton-Unattached / Medical Forfeit

133 – Tyler Hunt (2-2, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: lost to #32 Jace Koelzer, Northern Colorado / Dec / 6-4 SV
• Disadvantages. of 8 #1: defeated Jack Martinec, Clarion/Major/ 12-0
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: def. Tyler Kellison, Binghamton-Unattached/Tech Fall/ 17-2 (5:53)
• Disadvantages. of 4: lost to Ivan Garcia, Binghamton-Unattached/Dec/4-2

141-#25 Josh Koderhandt (3-1, 2nd place)
• Rd of 32: def. Mark Botellom, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached/Major/ 11-2
• Rd of 16: def. Trevor Nugent, Bucknell-Unattached / Fall / 2:25
• Quarterfinals: def. Mason Clarke, Columbia-Unattached/Fall/ 4:13
• Semifinals: def. Michael Dolan, West Virginia / Fall / 6:58
• Finals: lost to Vince Cornella, Cornell/Major/ 15-3

141 – Luke Lucerne (0-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16 #2: lost to JJ Wilson, Cornell / Dec / 6-3
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: lost to Mark Botello, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached / Dec / 5-3

149 – PJ Crane (0-2, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: lost to Fin Nadeau, Binghamton/Dec/11-5
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: def. Kris Ketchum, Nassau-Unattached/Dec/4-3
• Disadvantages. of 8 #1: lost to Owen Finn, Cornell / Dec / 6-5 TB2

149 – Kamen Smith (0-2, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: defeated Sander Mille, Unrostered / Fall / 4:34
• Rd of 16: def. Kris Ketchum, Nassau-Unattached/Dec/9-6
• Quarterfinals: Loss to #29 Sam Hillegas, West Virginia/Dec/13-10
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: lost to Sal Jones, Cornell / Dec / 10-5

157 – No. 19 Andreas Cerniglia (4-0, champions)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: def. Conner Decker, Binghamton-Unattached/Tech Fall/ 21-5 (5:32)
• Quarterfinals: defeated Cole Handlovic, Cornell/Major/ 10-0
• Semifinals: defeated Vincent Zerban, Northern Colorado/Dec/7-4
• Finals: defeated Alex Hornfeck, West Virginia/Dec/4-3

157 – Devon Deem (1-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: def. Logan Gumble, Binghamton-Unattached/Dec/6-5
• Rd of 16: lost to Joseph Chiappazzi, West Virginia / Injury Default (4:11)
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: lost to Walker Heard, West Virginia / Medical Forfeit

165 – Val Park (3-1, 5th/6th place)
• Rd of 32: def. Cameron Pine, Clarion/Dec/ 9-2
• Rd of 16: def. RJ Moore, Franklin & Marshall / Fall / 5:47
• Quarterfinals: Loss to No. 7 Peyton Hall, West Virginia / December / 6-0
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: def. Blaine Bergey, Princeton/Dec/ 7-2
• Disadvantages. of 4: def. Gunner Filipowicz, Army Prep-Unattached/Major/ 14-6
• Fifth Place: Joe Lee, Penn State / No Contest

174 – Sammy Starr (3-1, fifth place)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: defeated Christian Hansen, Cornell/Dec/ 6-0
• Quarterfinals: Loss to Lennox Wolak, Colombia / December / 7-5
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: def. Caden Stout, NAPS-Unattached/Fall/ 3:17
• Disadvantages. of 4: def. Aaron Ayzerov, Columbia / Fall / 1:45
• Fifth Place: defeated Andrew Berreyesa, Northern Colorado/Dec/9-5

174 – Gervacio Gonzales (1-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: def. Noah Bash, Franklin & Marshall / Dec / 10-3
• Rd of 16: Loss to Andrew Berreyesa, Northern Colorado / Fall / 0:37
• Disadvantages. of 8 No. 1: Caden Stout, NAPS-Unbound/Dec/9-3

184 – No. 31 David Key (2-1, second place)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: def. Aiden Hanning, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached/Dec/5-3
• Quarterfinals: Defeated Andrew Donahue, Northern Colorado/Major/ 8-0
• Semifinals: def. #28 Anthony Carman, West Virginia/Dec/7-6 TB2
• Finals: lost to #7 Jonathan Loew, Cornell/Dec/7-4

184 – Hunter Johns (0-2, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: Lost to Dennis Robin, West Virginia-Unattached/Dec/8-2
• Disadvantages. of 16 #2: lost to JT Davis, Lehigh-Unattached / Dec / 9-4

197 – No. 30 Jacob Koser (2-0, champions)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: defeated Andy Rosa, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached / Fall / 0:38
• Quarterfinals: def. Eze Chukwuezi, Ithaca College-Unattached/Tech Fall/ 17-2 (6:59)
• Semifinals: defeated Lucas Cochran, Penn State/Major/ 12-0
• Finals: defeated Austin Cooley, West Virginia/Dec/11-5

285-#32 Grady Griess (3-0, champions)
• Rd of 32: def. Gage Cook, Army Prep-Unattached / Tech Fall / 19-4 (4:48)
• Rd of 16: def. Logan Shephard, Bucknell/Major/ 15-5
• Quarterfinals: def. Brendan Furman, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached/Major/ 10-2
• Semifinals: defeated #19 Michael Wolfgram, West Virginia/Dec/6-4
• Finals: defeated Sebastian Garibaldi, Princeton/Dec/5-3

285 – Jamie Ferere (1-1, unplaced)
• Rd of 32: Goodbye
• Rd of 16: lost Dorian Crosby, Bucknell-Unattached/Dec/ 8-2
• Disadvantages. of 8 #1: def. Ashton Davis, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached/Dec/7-5
• Disadvantages. of 8 #2: def. Cory Day, Binghamton-Unattached/Medical Forfeit
• Disadvantages. of 4: lost to Brendan Furman, Spartan Combat RTC-Unattached / Fall / 2:13

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