Navy, W. Maryland wrestlers triumph
Navy upset nationally ranked Syracuse, and Western Maryland swept past three opponents in college wrestling yesterday.
At Syracuse, the Midshipmen opened their season by dominating the heavier weights en route to a 22-13 triumph over the No. 13 Orange. Navy jumped to a 10-3 lead, was tied at 10, then won three of the last four matches. That stretch was highlighted by a pin from senior All-American Brett Bourne at heavyweight with his side holding a 16-13 advantage.
"The key for us was the come-from behind wins by [Jeff] Stepanic at 118, [Brad] Gazaway at 142 and [Aaron] Carman at 167," Navy coach Reg Wicks said.
At Swarthmore, Pa., Western Maryland defeated the Garnet, 29-18; La Salle, 26-16; and Manhattan, 39-15. Chris Madden and Tony Spagnola led the Green Terrors, as Madden won three bouts on decisions, and Spagnola had two pins and a draw.
First-place finishes in the 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay vaulted Army to a 130-113 victory over Navy (1-3) in men's swimming at West Point, N.Y.
Navy won seven of 11 individual events, including two by sophomore Eric Winter, who was chosen the meet's outstanding swimmer. Winter won the 1000 freestyle (9 minutes, 22.67 seconds) and 500 freestyle (4:32.70). Junior Brad Baell was also a double winner, placing first in both diving events.
Navy sliced an Army lead from 92-58 to 117-109, with the 400 freestyle relay remaining. The visitors could have won the meet with first- and third-place finishes, but placed second and fourth.
In the women's meet, Stacia Johnson and Kelly Kinsella established meet records, as Navy (3-2) rallied to win the last three events and defeat Army (1-4), 161-139.
Trailing, 124-121, through 13 events, Johnson, who had won the one-meter dive, took the three-meter dive with a meet-record 282.975 points, and Kinsella captured the 200 individual medley with a meet-record time of 2.11.81 to give Navy a 150-133 lead. The Middies sealed the victory with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Jennifer Rowe was another double winner for Navy, taking the 1,000 and 500 freestyle events.
Indoor track and field
The University of Virginia captured six events, and Georgetown, five, including the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relays, in the Navy women's Lid Lifter meet at Halsey Field House. For Navy, senior Maureen Magnan placed second in the 20-pound weight with a throw of 45-1 1/2 , and Sarah Colvin placed third in the 1,000-meter run in 2:59.43.