The Naval Academy won the overall team trophy, and three wrestlers from host Maryland won individual titles in the fourth annual Holiday Wrestling Tournament yesterday at Cole Field House.
The Midshipmen brought 25 wrestlers to the two-day tournament, more than any of the other 24 schools entered. The numbers paid off because of the unusual scoring system.
Every wrestler who entered had a chance to score points. In most tournaments, the coach designates beforehand which wrestlers he wants eligible for scoring.
"We came here with the idea of getting our intensity level up for the upcoming dual meets," said Navy Coach Ed Peery. "We didn't know about their scoring system until we got here, and it gave us a big advantage."
Navy had 120 points, followed by Maryland (84), Temple (62 1/2), James Madison (52) and East Stroudsburg (44 1/2).
Maryland's Tony Russo captured the 126-pound title with a 4-3 victory over Montclair State's Nick Milonas.
Terrapins John Kostelac and Steve Peperak also won individual championships. Costelac decisioned Virginia graduate Buddy Kerr, 5-1, in the 158-pound class.
Peperak easily defeated Bruce Krueger of Rider, 13-5, in the 167-pound class.