Feb. 17, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. - Second-ranked Josh Asper and 19th-ranked Kyle John tallied back-to-back technical falls to propel the No. 17 Maryland wrestling team to a 30-10 victory over George Mason Thursday night at the Recreation and Athletic Complex. The Terps (15-1, 4-1 ACC) were able to rack up the points with three technical falls and a pin by No. 8 Spencer Myers.
"I think we looked really good," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We still have some areas that we need to improve, but all-in-all I think it was a good showing and a good way to finish the season."
After dropping the opening match at 125, freshman Geoffrey Alexander became the first Terp to score bonus points. Alexander took control with three takedowns in the first period. After a takedown to open the third period, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native scored two 3-point near-falls to earn a 17-2 victory.
George Mason regained the lead with a decision at 141, but it was short lived as sophomore Ben Dorsay won a 6-2 decision to put the Terrapins in front for good at 8-6.
The combination of John and Asper put the match out of reach. At 157, John scored nine points in the first period with three takedowns and a 3-point near-fall to earn a 17-2 technical fall.
Asper's match followed a similar script at 165. The Parkton, Md., native tallied three takedowns and a 3-point near-fall in the first period, and added three more takedowns and an escape in the third to record Maryland's third technical fall of the evening.
Senior Owen Smith scored a late takedown to earn a decision at 174, and redshirt sophomore Ty Snook clinched the match for the Terps with a 7-3 decision at 184.
After the Patriots won at 197, Myers wore down George Mason's Hunter Manspile and got the one-second count to register his third pin of the season.
"The difference in the conference championship, the difference between being an All-American and scoring well as a team is bonus points," McCoy said. "In a tournament setting, if you win five matches and another team wins five matches, but if they get five pins and you win five decisions, they are up 10 points on you in the tournament. Bonus points are very important, but ultimately it is important for us to go out there and get better every time."
Maryland's next action will be in Chapel Hill for the ACC Championships on Saturday, March 3.
No. 17 Maryland 30, George Mason 10
125: Vince Rodriguez (GM) dec. Shane Gentry (MD), 3-0 (3-0)
133: Geoffrey Alexander (MD) tech. fall over Brian Benton (GM), 17-2 (5-3)
141: Dennis Herndon (GM) dec. Danny O'Malley (MD), 5-3 (6-5)
149: Ben Dorsay (MD)dec. Kevin Timothy (GM), 6-2 (8-6)
157: No. 19 Kyle John (MD)tech. fall over Donald Takagi (GM), 17-2 (13-6)
165: No. 2 Josh Asper (MD) tech. fall over Ty Kneep, 19-4 (18-6)
174: Owen Smith (MD) dec. Steve Swayze (GM), 3-1 (21-6)
184: Ty Snook (MD) dec. Ryan Hembury (GM), 7-3 (24-6)
197: Bagna Tovuujav (GM) major dec. Tony Gardner (MD), 12-4 (24-10)
285: No. 8 Spencer Myers (MD) fall over Hunter Manspile (GM), 2:53 (30-10)