Terps Top Navy for Second Straight Season

Jan. 30, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Patrick Gilmore earned a tiebreak victory in the final match of the night to seal a 20-14 victory against Navy Friday at Comcast Pavilion, giving the University of Maryland wrestling team its second consecutive victory against the Midshipmen.

With the Terrapins holding a 17-14 lead heading into the heavyweight bout, Gilmore needed to defeat Tyler Moyer to clinch a Terps victory.

Both wrestlers played it cautiously most of the match. After a scoreless first period, Gilmore struck first with an early escape in the second. Gilmore still led 1-0 late in the third and final period and had built his riding-time advantage to 56 seconds. However, Moyer earned an escape with 30 seconds left to knot the score at 1-1. Gilmore came up four seconds shy of picking up the crucial riding-time point and the match went to overtime.

Neither Gilmore nor Moyer could score in the sudden-victory period. Gilmore broke through in the first of two 30-second tiebreakers, however, taking a 2-1 lead. Gilmore held his lead in the second tiebreak, despite a furious attempt by Moyer as everyone in attendance rose to their feet in anticipation.

It was the second time in the last three matches that Gilmore earned a win for the Terps by taking the heavyweight matchup.

"I knew my condition was better than his," said Gilmore after the match. "I knew I could out-last him. There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to win."

With its third straight dual win, Maryland evened its record at 7-7-1, while the Midshipmen dropped their fifth straight, falling to 5-8.

"I don't know that we expected the match to end that way, with it coming down to double-overtime. But, we knew it was going to be a tough match," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy said. "Navy had a couple ranked starters returning from injury tonight, so we beat a really good team. I told the guys it was going to come down to believing in themselves and they did. We wrestled really well."

The match began at 125 pounds and Brendan Byrne won his fifth straight dual, 3-1, against Prescott Garner to put Maryland up 3-0.

The highly-anticipated 133-pound battle went to the Midshipmen, however, as 10th-ranked Joe Baker knocked off No. 8 Steven Bell, 7-4.

The Terps and Midshipmen matched each other at 141 and 149 pounds. No. 13 Alex Krom won a 14-5 major decision at 141 pounds against John Majka. At 149 pounds, No. 6 Bryce Saddoris earned four points for Navy, defeating Dex Lederer, 17-6.

Although Gilmore officially clinched the victory for the Terps, Kyle John had arguable the biggest win of the night for Maryland. John, a redshirt freshman, defeated senior Joel Ahern, 5-3, at 157 pounds. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Ahern earned a reversal to tie the score. However, John registered a late escape and tacked on the riding-time point.

"That was a great win for Kyle," McCoy said. "He lost to Navy's back-up at Penn State's tournament this season, so to come back in such a short time and beat their starter shows how much he has improved."

Up 10-7, Brian Letters added three more points to Maryland's total with a 3-1 victory against Matt DeMichiel at 165 pounds.

The Midshipmen took advantage of Maryland's inexperience at 174 and 184 pounds, though. No. 20 Luke Rebertus won an 11-3 major decision against Bradley Nielson at 174 and Casey Caldwell defeated Chris Lloyd, 11-7, at 184.

Although Navy led for the first time of the night, 14-13, Nielson and Lloyd kept it close enough for Hudson Taylor and Gilmore to bring home the victory.

Taylor, the 10th-ranked wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, put on a dominating performance. Taylor defeated Philip Neese, 18-4, earning a crucial four points to put Maryland up three heading into the heavyweight match, assuring at least a tie with a loss by decision.

Fortunately for the Terps, Gilmore pulled through.

Maryland's next dual is next Sunday at resurgent Virginia Tech, which is currently ranked 13th in the nation.

125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Prescott Garner, 3-1 (3-0)
133 - No. 10 Joe Baker (NAVY) dec. No. 8 Steven Bell, 7-4 (3-3)
141 - No. 13 Alex Krom (MD) major dec. John Majka, 14-5 (7-3)
149 - No. 6 Bryce Saddoris (NAVY) major dec. Dex Lederer, 17-6 (7-7)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. Joel Ahern, 5-3 (10-7)
165 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Matt DeMichiel, 3-1 (13-7)
174 - No. 20 Luke Rebertus (Navy) major dec. Bradley Nielson, 11-3, (13-11)
184 - Casey Caldwell (NAVY) dec. Chris Lloyd, 11-7 (13-14)
197 - No. 10 Hudson Taylor (MD) major dec. Philip Neese, 18-4 (17-14)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. Tyler Moyer, 2-1 TB (20-14)