No. 7 Wrestling Finishes 7th At National Duals

Jan. 10, 2010

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - After winning two of three matches on Saturday at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team won one of two on Sunday to finish seventh in their first ever appearance at the tournament.

Maryland started the day with a rematch against No. 8 Cornell at 9 a.m. local time. The Terps were unable to duplicate previous success against Cornell, having beaten the Big Red when they were ranked No. 4 on Nov. 21. Cornell won the first four matches against Maryland en route to a 19-15 victory.

"When you lose four of the first five matches it makes it tough to get a win," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We won three of the next five, but to have a shot you need to at least split the matches."

Maryland was able to bounce back against No. 22 Wisconsin, coming back from a 15-7 deficit to win 21-18 and earn a seventh place finish. Trailing by eight points heading into the match at 174 pounds, No. 6 Mike Letts got a technical fall over Jimmy Duffy to bring the team score to 12-15. Corey Peltier dropped an 8-7 decision to Travis Rutt at 184, but the Terps won the final two matches to overcome the Badgers. No. 4

No. 4 Hudson Taylor got a crucial pinfall over Jackson Hein that tied the score at 18-18. The outcome of the match came down to heavyweight Patrick Gilmore, who earned a 6-4 overtime victory over Eric Bugenhagen to give Maryland the win. It was the second time this season that a dual match had come down to Gilmore - he also helped secure the win over Cornell on Nov. 21 by winning the final match, also in overtime, to propel Maryland to a victory.

Maryland finished the weekend 3-2 to bring its season record to 10-3. All in all, McCoy was pleased with the performance, considering the NCAA Tournament is still two months away and the mistakes he has seen are fixable.

"We thought we could do better but as a team we did OK," said McCoy. "Patrick Gilmore went 0-3 yesterday and came back to go 2-0 today. Kyle John and Josh Asper also wrestled well. I'm more disappointed with some of the individual mistakes. It's Jan. 10 so we have time to fix things. We don't have to reinvent the wheel. We just need to tweak a few things."

Maryland will have yet another tough test next Sunday. The Terps travel to Ashland, Ohio, where they will face Ashland, No. 19 Kent State and Purdue as part of the Wendy's Duals.

No. 8 Cornell 19, No. 7 Maryland 15
125 - Frank Perrelli (COR) dec. James Knox, 9-3 (3-0)
133 - No. 12 Mike Grey (COR) major dec. No. 10 Steven Bell, 11-3 (7-0)
141 - No. 6 Kyle Dake (COR) dec. No. 8 Alex Krom, 5-4 (10-0)
149 - Corey Manson (COR) dec. Jon Kohler, 8-4 (13-0)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. John Basting, 6-3 (13-3)
165 - No. 17 Josh Asper (MD) dec. No. 12 Justin Kerber, 9-4 (13-6)
174 - No. 1 Mack Lewnes (COR) dec. No. 6 Mike Letts, 8-2 (16-6)
184 - No. 17 Steve Bosak (COR) dec. Corey Peltier, 9-3 (19-6)
197 - No. 4 Hudson Taylor (MD) pinfall over George Kocher, 4:42 (19-12)
285 - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. No. 17 Josh Arnone, 7-1 (19-15)

No. 7 Maryland 21, No. 22 Wisconsin 18
125 - Pat Strizki (MD) dec. Drew Hammen, 4-1 (3-0)
133 - No. 6 Tyler Graff (WIS) dec. No. 10 Steven Bell, 5-2 (3-3)
141 - Cole Schmitt (WIS) dec. No. 8 Alex Krom, 6-2 (3-6)
149 - No. 2 Kyle Ruschell (WIS) pinfall over Jon Kohler, 4:16 (3-12)
157 - Kyle John (MD) major dec. Greg Burke, 14-4 (7-12)
165 - No. 1 Andrew Howe (WIS) dec. No. 17 Josh Asper, 6-2 (7-15)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (MD) tech. fall over Jimmy Duffy, 18-1; 4:47 (12-15)
184 - Travis Rutt (WIS) dec. Corey Peltier, 8-7 (12-18)
197 - No. 4 Hudson Taylor (MD) pinfall over Jackson Hein, 2:11 (18-18)
285 - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. (OT) Eric Bugenhagen, 6-4 SV1 (21-18)