ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy wrestling has its schedule set for the 2022-23 season as the midshipmen enter their third season under the head coach Cary Kolat.
The Navy opens its campaign with the Clarion Open on Sunday, November 6. Navy enjoyed great success at the Clarion Open last season when Josh Koderhandt (133), André Cerniglia (157) and Jacob Koser (197) took first place in their respective weight classes. All three champions were the best of a program in the tournament.
Navy is participating in the Bearcat Open in Vestal, NY on Sunday, November 13. Two Mids won individual titles at last year’s event, including Cerniglia, while Cael Crebs (174) and Hunter Johns (184) both placed second in their respective weight classes.
The Navy opens its home ledger on Saturday, November 19 with the 44e Annual Navy Classic (10 a.m.). Koser, Tyler hunts (141), Key David (184) and Riley Smith (285) were crowned champions, leading the Mids to a third-place finish last year.
Navy then heads west to Las Vegas, Nevada for one of the most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the country, the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The two-day tournament is scheduled to take place on December 2-3.
The Mids’ first game of the season is Sunday, Dec. 11 against rival Maryland State in Annapolis at 2 p.m. The Navy holds a 57-12-3 record in the series and has beaten the Terps in eight of their last nine meetings.
After the holidays, the Navy kicks off the new year with the Franklin & Marshall Open on Friday, Jan. 6, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Mids will travel to Hampton, Va. the weekend of Jan. 13-14 to compete in the Virginia Duals.
The Mids return to Annapolis where they will begin a three game homestand – all against opponents EIWA. The homestand begins with one of Navy’s longest running rivals, Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The double will serve as 103rd meeting between the two programs. The last time the two programs met in Annapolis, Navy picked up a 21-9 win over the Mountain Hawks.
The Navy will host Hofstra (January 28, 5 p.m.) and Binghamton (January 29, 2 p.m.) back-to-back days in Annapolis. The Midshipmen will look to remain undefeated against Hofstra in the eighth meeting of the series, while the Navy will look to avenge last year’s 19-16 loss to Binghamton in the inaugural meeting.
The Navy closes out the regular season with three road games, starting with non-conference opponent Lock Haven on Friday, Feb. 3 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Navy Head Coach Cary Kolat will return to his alma mater for the first time with the Midshipmen.
Navy returns to the EIWA competition the following day, as it travels to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for a duel against Bucknell. The Midshipmen have dominated the series against the Bison, winning 23 of 24 games, including the last 20.
The regular season ends with the annual Army-Navy Star Match, scheduled for February 17 at West Point, NY Navy topped the series, holding a 51-10-5 record against the Black Knights. Navy has won in each of the last two Star Matches, including a 20-13 win over Army at West Point in 2021.
The 2023 EIWA Championship will be hosted by Penn in Philadelphia, PA on the weekend of March 4-5. Koderhandt (2n/a place), Cerniglia (2n/a place) and Koser (3rd berth) earned automatic NCAA Championship berths thanks to their arrival at the EIWA Championship last season.
The 2023 NCAA Championship will be held in Tulsa, Okla., at the BOK Center from March 16-18.
Fans can check out the full schedule at navysports.com.