Terps Drop Match to #1 Iowa

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Redshirt junior Lou Mascola notched a win over No. 15 Michael Kelly at 157 pounds, but the Maryland wrestling team dropped its match to No. 1 Iowa, 33-3, in front of 2,139 spectators at the XFINITY Center Friday night.

The Terps (5-13, 0-7) wrestled a number of tough matches against the Hawkeyes, but ultimately fell short. Mascola’s match was tightly contested throughout, but the New Jersey native was able to secure a third period reversal to take the match.

"We had the No. 1 team in the country in our gym and I don't think we backed down," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "We put up a good fight and we were close in a couple matches. Our guys fought hard."

The dual started at 141 pounds with sophomore Shyheim Brown taking on No. 5 Josh Dzeiwa. Brown was the more aggressive competitor in all three periods until Dziewa secured a takedown late in the first sudden victory period to pick up a 3-1 win.

After a No. 2 Brandon Sorenson major decision for Iowa at 149 pounds, Mascola fired up the XFINITY Center crowd with a solid performance against Kelly. Mascola picked up a first period takedown in a tight scramble to take the lead and sealed the match in the third with a reversal.

Iowa picked up six team points after Tyler Manion forfeited due to injury at 165 pounds. At 174, No. 2 Mike Evans defeated junior Josh Snook by major decision before No. 8 Sammy Brooks beat senior Tony Gardner, 19-8.

Senior Rob Fitzgerald was close on a number of takedowns but ultimately fell to Kris Klapprodt, 9-3. A battle of All-American heavyweights saw Iowa’s No. 2 Bobby Telford get the better of senior No. 13 Spencer Myers, 3-0.

At 125 pounds, No. 5 Thomas Gilman took out redshirt junior Josh Polacek by major decision to make the team score 30-3. Redshirt junior No. 20 Geoffrey Alexander’s late surge was not enough as he fell to No. 5 Cory Clark, 7-5, at 133 pounds to finish off the dual.

The Terps return to action for Senior Day against No. 3 Minnesota. Action is scheduled to begin from the XFINITY Center Pavilion at 1 p.m.

No. 1 Iowa 33, Maryland 3

Match started at 141 pounds

125: Thomas Gilman (Iowa) major decision over Josh Polacek (Maryland), 20-9

133: Cory Clark (Iowa) decision over Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland), Dec 7-5

141: Josh Dziewa (Iowa) decision over Shyheim Brown (Maryland), SV-1 3-1

149: Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) over Ben Dorsay (Maryland), 18-6

157: Lou Mascola (Maryland) over Mike Kelly (Iowa), 5-4

165: Nick Moore (Iowa) over Tyler Manion (Maryland), Inj. 3:00

174: Michael Evans (Iowa) over Josh Snook (Maryland), 17-5*

184: Sam Brooks (Iowa) major decision over Tony Gardner (Maryland), 19-8

197: Kris Klapprodt (Iowa) decision over Rob Fitzgerald (Maryland), 9-3

285: Bobby Telford (Iowa) decision over Spencer Myers (Maryland), 3-0

*Iowa deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the match