@AU_Wrestling Heads to Navy Classic on Saturday

Brett Dempsey wrestles at Campbell

ANNAPOLIS – American University heads out U.S. Route 50 on Saturday to participate in the Navy Classic wrestling tournament at the Academy's Wesley Brown Field House.

Preliminary rounds are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with semifinals expected at 2:30 p.m. and the finals beginning at 4:30 p.m.

AU will be one of 17 schools participating in the event, which includes Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association members Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Hofstra and Princeton, in addition to the host Midshipmen.

American participated last weekend at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. Freshman Eric Hong won his pool at 157 pounds by going 3-0, highlighting the AU performances.

Junior Josh Terao and seniors Jeric Kasunic and Brett Dempsey were ranked by various national organizations this week.

Terao was as high as 11th at 133 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News, while Kasunic was 19th at 197 by Wrestling Insider Magazine.

Dempsey, a fifth-year senior, was ranked 18th as a heavyweight by TheOpenMat.com.


Parking:  Vehicle access to the Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card.  It is suggested that fans park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5 per vehicle) and ride the FREE shuttle bus to and from the tournament.  Shuttle bus service will begin at 9:30 am and run through the tournament.  Note that a government issued identification card must be carried and presented by visitors to the USNA prior to being allowed onto The Yard.

Traffic Notice:  The City of Annapolis will host the Annapolis Running Classic ½ Marathon and 10K.  The race will depart Navy-Marine Corps Stadium at 7:00 am, proceed down Rowe Blvd, down Main Street, past City Dock, turn left at USNA Gate 1 and proceed up King George St, turn right on Rt 450, past Gate 8 and across the Naval Academy Bridge.  After running up past Rt 50, the race will return down Rt 450, across the bridge, past Gate 8, down King George St to College Ave, back up to Rt 450, to Taylor Ave, ending at the stadium. 

Due to road closures in support of the race, the following areas will be secured during the times listed below:
•  Gate 1 closed to in and outbound vehicle traffic from 7:00 - 7:50 am
•  King George Street outside of the Academy will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:00 - 10:30 am effectively securing vehicle access to Gate 3 (which is normally not open on Saturdays).
•  Route 450 will be reduced to one lane of traffic from 7:00 - 10:30 am.  Route 450 will be closed from Taylor Avenue to King George Street.  Police will control traffic to allow both inbound and outbound traffic at Gate 8 by MD Route 450 North of the Academy.
•  Gates 1, 3 & 8 will remain open for pedestrian access throughout the event.