FAIRFAX, Va. - Maryland split its dual matches at George Mason Friday, taking out the Patriots 38-3 while dropping a 22-12 decision to North Dakota State at the Recreation and Athletics Center. Four different Terps finished 2-0 on the evening, as the team moves to 2-4 on the season.
UMD will have a quick turnaround, as the team will next host Rutgers for its Big Ten opener on Sunday, December 11. First match is scheduled for 12:00 pm.
Match #1 -- Maryland won four bouts, including three of this first four, but North Dakota State took control down the stretch to secure a 22-12 win in Friday’s first match. It was the first of two wins on the evening for the Bison, who move to 5-2 on the season with the wins.
The Terps were firing early in the lower weights, which started with an inspired match from redshirt junior Jhared Simmons (133). The Montgomery Village, Md. native lit up the scoreboard in the first period, posting two takedowns and a four-point near fall to go ahead 8-2. NDSU’s Albert Landeros kept up the attacks, but some solid scrambling and another takedown gave Simmons his first dual win of the season by decision, 12-8.
Redshirt senior Billy Rappo (141) and redshirt sophomore Alfred Bannister (149) kept the momentum going in their ensuing matches, both putting together decision victories. Rappo notched a near fall to come out of the first period with a 6-2 lead, and wrested two solid periods of defense to eventually pull out the 10-3 decision.
Bannister was back at it with another down-to-the-wire match, and came up clutch again with a win over previously unbeaten Kyle Gliva. The La Plata, Md. native went to the third period tied 1-1 with the Bison grappler, and put Gliva away with a takedown with less than 30 seconds to go.
From there the Terps ran into the meat of NDSU’s lineup, surrendering a pair of matches to ranked opponents at 157 and 165 and a major decision at 184. David-Brian Whisler stopped the bleeding for Maryland at 197, moving to 8-2 on the year with an 8-5 decision over Cordell Eaton. Whisler remained ahead from the early goings, and had a nice scramble to avoid a second period takedown to clinch his third dual match win of the year. A win at heavyweight sealed the 10-point team win for the Bison.
Match #2 -- Maryland notched three falls and five total bonus point victories to upend George Mason 38-3 in the night’s final match. The Terps won nine bouts total, as the Patriots move to 1-6 on the season with the loss.
Freshman Alex Vargas (125) set the tone for the match, pinning Quinton Tucker in 4:11 to put the Terps ahead early. Jhared Simmons capped off a solid day with his second win at 133, using heavy first period offense and a great series of scrambling down the stretch to knock off Logan Harvich 7-4.
Billy Rappo (141) and Tejon Anthony wrestled one of the best matches of the night, going toe-to-toe into the third period tied at one. Rappo then nearly scored a takedown, but Anthony stood up and appeared to have the upper hand. It was then Rappo hit an elevator step over on the Patriot 141-pounder, throwing him over his back to the mat for the pin at 6:45.
Bannister (149) made things interesting once again going the distance with Sahid Kargbo, before pulling out his fourth overtime win of the year with a 2-1 tiebreaker. Bannister remains undefeated (11-0) on the year. Danny Boychuck racked up points through his lone match of the day, before pinning Mike Sicola at 6:50 for his team-best eighth bonus point win of the season.