ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Redshirt sophomore Alfred Bannister (149) and sophomore Youssif Hemida (285) both picked up bonus point victories for the Terps, but it was not enough as #16 Michigan secured a 25-16 team victory Friday evening. Maryland drops to 2-8 (0-3 B1G) with the defeat, while the Wolverines improve to 4-2 (1-2 B1G).
The hosts ran out to an 11-0 advantage after the first three bouts at Cliff Keen Arena, which included two major decisions at the 174 and 197-pound weight classes.
Hemida stopped the surge for the Terps in the heavyweight match, making quick work of Wolverine freshman Dan Perry. After scoring an early takedown, Hemida caught Perry in cradle and put him on his back for 52-second pin. It was the second straight dual match fall for the Mamaroneck, N.Y. native, who has now posted five consecutive dual wins.
A forfeit from Michigan in the 125-pound weight class put the Terps ahead 12-11 at the break, but the Wolverines regained control after a hard fought 11-4 decision win for Stevan Micic over redshirt senior Billy Rappo at 133. Rappo was locked in early, putting together a two-point takedown on a nice scramble in the first period to get ahead 2-1. Eighth-ranked Micic managed a takedown awarded upon review at the end of the period, and didn’t let up the lead for the eventual 11-4 win.
Another close bout at 141 went the way of the Wolverines, with Sal Profaci coming on late for an 8-4 decision. Redshirt junior Jhared Simmons put together a pair of quality takedowns in the first, but couldn’t hold off Profaci in the second and third.
15th-ranked Bannister was in control through the early goings of his match, opening up a 4-0 lead in the first period on Zac Hall. Bannister continued to find ways to score, eventually landing on a 12-3 major decision to remain unbeaten (10-0) in dual matches this season.
The Terps then ran into the heart of the Wolverine lineup at 157 and 165, where Danny Boychuck and Josh Ugalde took on a pair of ranked opponents. Boychuck was in it until the end against 10th-ranked Brian Murphy, tying the match at three in the third period on a reversal. Murphy found a way to take him down in the final minute, tacking on a ride time point for a 6-3 decision.
Maryland will return to competition on Sunday, January 15 for a match against Michigan State in East Lansing.