COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Behind a total of five pins, the Maryland wrestling team (5-12, 0-9 B1G) split its Sunday doubleheader against No. 21 Rider and Ohio to close out the regular season.
The Terps fell to the Broncs, 23-18, before besting the Bobcats, 33-14, in their regular season finale.
Seniors Justin Alexander and Patrick Gerish were able to close out their dual careers with pins in Maryland’s dual against Ohio. They were joined by Brandon Cray and Alfred Bannister, who respectively earned their fourth and ninth falls of the year.
Heavyweight Youssif Hemida posted Maryland’s lone fall in its dual against Rider.
Maryland’s five dual wins on the season matches its most since joining the Big Ten, and the win over Ohio gave head coach Kerry McCoy 100 career victories as the head coach of the Terrapins. He becomes the third head coach to do so, joining Sully Krouse and John McHugh.
“I’m happy with the way we sent off our seniors,” McCoy said. “It was great to see Justin and Pat close out their home careers in the way that they did, and we continued to see good things from a lot of guys on the roster. Now we have a couple weeks to get ready for the Big Ten Tournament, and I’m excited for us to be able to get out there and compete with the best of the best.”
Rider took control against Maryland to begin the match, posting back-to-back victories at 125 and 133 pounds.
Maryland’s duo of Ryan Diehl and Bannister were able to bring the Terps back in it with consecutive wins at 141 and 149 pounds. It was the fourth time this season, and the third-consecutive match Diehl and Bannister posted back-to-back wins.
Rider was able to pull away shortly after behind four-consecutive victories. Maryland closed out the match strong with back-to-back wins from David-Brian Whisler and Hemida, but fell a few points short of completing the comeback.
Cray set the tone to get Maryland’s duo against Ohio started, pinning Trevor Giallombardo early in the second period.
Ohio was able to pull ahead with a technical fall win at 133 pounds, and an injury default victory at 141. With Maryland looking to get back in front, the Terps posted four-consecutive victories to re-take the lead.
Bannister and Alexander posted back-to-back pins, which was followed by an 8-7 decision for Brendan Burnham at 165 pounds. Gerish then joined the pin parade for the Terps with a fall at 174 pounds.
While Ohio claimed a win at 184 pounds, Whisler and Hemida earned back-to-back wins for the fourth-consecutive match to lock up the victory for the Terrapins.
Maryland will be back on the mat when it travels to Michigan State for the Big Ten Championships. Wrestling will begin on Mar. 3, and conclude on Mar. 4.
For full results from Maryland’s duals against Rider and Ohio, please see below.
No. 21 Rider 23, Maryland 18
125 | J.R. Wert (RU) dec. over Brandon Cray (MD), 4-1
133 | Anthony Cefolo (RU) tech. fall over Jhared Simmons (MD), 21-3
141 | Ryan Diehl (MD) dec. over Tyson Dippery (RU), 6-2
149 | Alfred Bannister (MD) dec. over Gino Fluri (RU), 8-2
157 | B.J. Clagon (RU) dec. over Justin Alexander (MD), 4-3
165 | Chad Walsh (RU) fall over Brendan Burnham (MD), 5:27
174 | Dean Sherry (RU) dec. over Josh Ugalde (MD), 11-5
184 | Wayne Stinson (RU) dec. over Patrick Gerish (MD), 5-4
197 | David-Brian Whisler (MD) win by forfeit
285 | Youssif Hemida (MD) fall over Ryan Cloud (RU), 1:34
Maryland 33, Ohio 14
125 | Brandon Cray (MD) fall over Trevor Giallombardo (Ohio), 3:28
133 | Cameron Kelly (Ohio) tech. fall over Jhared Simmons (MD), 16-1
141 | Mario Gullen (Ohio) inj. def. Ryan Diehl (MD)
149 | Alfred Bannister (MD) fall over Kade Kowalski (Ohio), 1:37
157 | Justin Alexander (MD) fall over Cullen Cummings (Ohio), 3:47
165 | Brendan Burnham (MD) dec. over Joseph Terry (Ohio), 8-7
174 | Patrick Gerish (MD) fall over Matthew McFarland (Ohio), 2:53
184 | Hunter Yeargan (Ohio) dec. over Niko Cappello (MD), 3-0
197 | David-Brian Whisler (MD) dec. Aaron Naples (Ohio), 11-7
285 | Youssif Hemida (MD) dec. over Zack Parker (Ohio), 4-3