Jan. 19, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 21 Maryland wrestling team recorded its sixth-straight win with a 33-8 victory against Virginia Tech on January 19 at Comcast Pavilion. The Terrapins won eight of the 10 matches in the dual with sophomore Hudson Taylor and freshman Brian Letters both recording pins in their respective contests.
The dual started at 133 pounds where sophomore Steven Bell picked up a 13-5 major decision. He recorded five takedowns in the match and a reversal in the beginning of the second period to get the win. Chris Diaz then won by decision at 141 pounds to cut the Maryland lead to 4-3, but the Hokies would never get closer than that.
Freshman Eric Medina got back into the win column with a 9-7 decision against Matt Rosen at 149 pounds. Medina took a 6-3 lead into the final period and chose to start down. After Rosen rode him for 20 seconds, Medina made a move and scored a key reversal to push his lead to 8-3. It proved to be enough as Rosen tallied an escape, a takedown, and a penalty point from Medina to make it close. Medina's riding time bonus gave him the 9-7 win.
Freshman Brian Letters won his third match in a row with his second pin of the season. After a scoreless first period, Letters started down against Andre Johnson. He scored the quick escape and then got a takedown with 47 seconds remaining. Letters parlayed that into the pin with 30 seconds left. It was his first fall since November 17.
Sophomore Mike Letts handled No. 20 Eric Decker at 174 pounds, 9-1. A first period takedown for Letts was enough to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. Letts started down and scored an immediate escape and then dominated from there by getting a takedown with less than a minute remaining and turning that into a three-point near fall.
With a 3-2 win at 184 pounds, junior Josh Haines has now won eight of his last nine matches. After a scoreless first period against Tommy Spellman, Haines was on top for the second and rode him out to accumulate two minutes of riding time. Haines started down in the final period and got the escape to take a 1-0 lead. Spellman recorded a takedown with a minute to go, but Haines escaped his grasp with 48 seconds left and with the riding time, tacked on the bonus point for the win.
Taylor earned his 14th pin of the season and fourth in a row as he took care of Kevin O'Connor in 2:32 at 197 pounds. Entering this week, Taylor was tied for sixth in the nation, including every weight class at every division, with his 13 falls. He was also tied for third in all of Division I with that number.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Gilmore played his match at heavyweight exactly how Haines did at 184 pounds. A scoreless first period led to Gilmore riding out David Marone in the second. A quick escape in the third led to a Marone takedown which he also escaped to make it 2-2. The riding time bonus gave Gilmore the 3-2 victory.
Sophomore Brendan Byrne finished the day with a major decision at 125 pounds. The score was close after one period with Byrne owning a 2-1 advantage, but then he dominated the rest of the way. An escape and a takedown in both of the next two periods plus the riding time bonus gave him the 9-1 win.
Maryland (10-3, 2-0 ACC) returns to action next Saturday, January 26 when it hosts NC State and Duke in a pair of ACC duals at Comcast Pavilion. The Terps and Wolfpack will square off at 2:00 p.m. with the dual against the Blue Devils slated right after at 4:00 p.m.
MARYLAND 33, VIRGINIA TECH 8
133 - Steven Bell (MD) major dec. Nick Murray, 13-5 (4-0)
141 - Chris Diaz (VT) dec. Jon Kohler, 8-4 (4-3)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) dec. Matt Rosen, 9-7 (7-3)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) pinned Andrew Johnson, 4:30 (13-3)
165 - Matt Epperly (VT) tech. fall Clint Stout, 16-0/5:40 (13-8)
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts (MD) major dec. No. 20 Eric Decker, 9-1 (17-8)
184 - No. 18 Josh Haines (MD) dec. Tommy Spellman, 3-2 (20-8)
197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor (MD) pinned Kevin O'Connor, 2:32 (26-8)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. David Marone, 3-2 (29-8)
125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) major dec. Justin Staylor, 9-1 (33-8)