Navy wrestlers stun No. 9 W.Va, 18-16
Sophomore Rob Holmberg's major decision over Darren Huckuby at 190 pounds led 22nd-ranked Navy's 18-16 wrestling upset of ninth-ranked West Virginia (5-4) at Annapolis yesterday. With Navy (11-2) holding a 14-13 lead, Holmberg, wrestling in just his second dual match of the season, posted two quick takedowns en route to a 9-0 victory over Huckuby. Holmberg had joined the wrestling team last month after playing flanker for the football team.
Senior Steve Cantrell had given the Midshipmen their lead with a 5-2 win over Dan Staats at 177.
Navy coach Reg Wicks' decision to move Brad Gazaway up from 142 to 150 paid dividends. Instead of wrestling West Virginia's Scott Collins, ranked second in the nation at 142, Wicks gambled that Gazaway could defeat Doug Taylor at 150, which he did.
"I knew Collins was tough," Wicks said. "I thought Craig Reiner could give him a good match, and he did. But I also believed Brad would stand a better shot at winning at 150. Basically, I was willing to risk a loss for a win."
* Western Maryland split a pair of meets, beating Elizabethtown, 22-19, and losing to Kean, 31-15.
Navy diver Brad Baell was a double-winner for the sixth straight meet, but Penn won eight of 13 swimming events and defeated the Midshipmen (3-6), 135-102, in Philadelphia.
Baell won the 1-meter event with 293.55 points and the 3-meter event with 309.45 points. Other winners for the visitors were Eric Winter, 1,000-yard freestyle (9 minutes, 30.96 seconds); Brad Juhl, 200 backstroke, 1:55.29; and 400 freestyle relay team of Tyson Lewis, Matt Cervarich, Eric Winter and Matt Kemball-Cook (3:11.09).
* Catholic University won every event in beating Goucher's men, * At Loyola, Navy's women (5-4) took 14 of 16 events and won, 183-102. Stacia Johnson won both diving events for the sixth time this season and was one of three double-winners for the Midshipmen.
Liz Okano won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:03.20 and the 200-meter freestyle in 2:15.89, and Amy Bauernschmidt took the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:25.69 and the 200-meter backstroke 2:40.53.
* At Chestertown, Kasey Carroll swam through the 1,000-yard freestyle and went on to clock 18:12.209 and qualify for the Division III nationals in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Amy Devlin set school records in the 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard individual medley, as Washington College (7-2) defeated Hood (0-5), 152-83.
* Melanie Graham was a double-winner for Goucher's women's team, which lost to Catholic, 122-72.
Gabby Linarducci collected a pair of third places to lead Towson State in a triangular women's meet at the University of Arizona. Linarducci, a sophomore, equaled the school record with 9.65 in floor exercise, and scored 9.65 on the bars.
Arizona won the meet with 191.10, followed by the Denver, 185.20, and Towson State, 184.95.
Marti Shue of Navy won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 00.2 seconds and qualified for the national Division II championships during a seven-team invitation meet at Halsey Field House in Annapolis.
William and Mary won the team competition with 138 points, followed by Delaware, 87; Navy, 83; Georgetown, 78; Mount St. Mary's, 72; Mary Washington, 28; and Richmond, 7.
Five other members of the Navy team qualified for the Eastern championships, including Susie Stewart, who won the 5,000 meters in 18:28.8.
* Navy's men's team (5-0) scored 100 1/2 points to defeat Penn, 50 1/2 , and La Salle, 30, in a triangular meet. The Midshipmen had two qualify for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) championships with winning performances: Jeff Nordstrom, 15 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault, and Frank Flores in the 3,000 meters, 8:30.25.