Conley flexes muscle for Navy

Mids' 141-pound senior is second at Midlands Wrestling Tournament

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January 04, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Navy's Mark Conley proved he belonged with the top 141-pound wrestlers in the nation last weekend in the prestigious Midlands Wrestling Tournament in Skokie, Ill., near Chicago.

Conley, a senior who was seeded second, was in position for an upset after the first two periods of his championship bout against top seed Eric Larkin of Arizona State. Conley had two takedowns in both the first and second periods for an 8-4 lead, but Larkin came back in the final period for an 11-8 decision.

Conley's second-place effort led Navy to a 16th-place finish with 25 points, which was the third-highest total of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association schools. Penn was fourth at 78.5 points, and Cornell was 11th at 38.5 points.

To no one's surprise, Iowa won the tournament with 151 points.

Navy coach Bruce Burnett said, "It's a great opportunity for us to wrestle at this level. We have got to make things happen on the mat. We are getting better."

Conley reached the championship bout with a 1-0 decision over Cal-Poly's Cedric Haymon. Conley is 21-2 this season.

At the Wilkes (Pa.) Tournament, also last weekend, Navy junior Mike Simon scored an 11-3 major decision over Rich Gerber of Franklin & Marshall to capture the 133-pound championship. Simon defeated Nassau's Mike Trotta, 8-6, in the semifinals.

Baker is best

Bowie State's Mona-Gail Baker was selected the Most Valuable Player in the Best Western Holiday Classic basketball tournament last weekend at Bowie, scoring 46 points, getting 23 rebounds and blocking two shots in the two games won by the Lady Bulldogs.

Baker scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds Saturday night as Bowie turned back Shepherd College, 69-65, in the championship game, atoning for a 65-43 loss to Shepherd on Dec. 4 on the road.

Baker began the tourney Friday night, scoring 22 points and getting nine rebounds in a 69-51 romp over the University of the District of Columbia. Bowie freshman point guard Allyson Hardy was also named to the all-tournament team as she scored 17 points and had five assists in the championship game after getting eight assists in the opening round.

No rest for Costa

St. Mary's College senior Jody Costa has just finished an impressive volleyball career with 1,022 kills, 1,086 digs and 361 blocks, giving her the right to sit back and relax the rest of the school year. But Costa has moved right on to swimming, where she is the school and conference record holder in the 100-yard backstroke.

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