PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-1, 0-1 B1G) captured its third consecutive victory on Saturday, knocking off Stanford, 18-15. The win surpasses Maryland's 2016-17 win total and is Maryland's second-longest winning streak since the Terps won four matches in-a-row in the 2014-15 season.
"I'm very impressed with the way our team battled today," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "Brandon Cray set the tone early, and that momentum carried throughout the match. We were confident when things got tough, and we felt good about being able to turn to Youssif Hemida, knowing he'd give us a great chance to close it out. I'm proud of our team and I'm looking forward to the Road Runner Open on Sunday."
Maryland's afternoon got started with Brandon Cray upsetting No. 9 Connor Schram. Cray's win was his third in a row, including a pin on Nov. 4 against Campbell.
Stanford was able to take the lead after a major decision at 133, but No. 15 Ryan Diehl kept his undefeated season going with a 6-1 win at 141.
Stanford won at 149, but Maryland was able to respond with consecutive wins from Kyle Cochran at 157 and Brendan Burnham at 165. Burnham's win came by way of sudden victory and it was his first of the season. No. 16 Keaton Subjeck defeated Maryland's Josh Ugalde at 174, but Spencer Woods then kept Maryland in front with a 6-2 win at 184.
Niko Cappello fell by major decision at 197, which tied the match at 15 heading into a top-15 bout at heavyweight between Maryland's Youssif Hemida and Stanford's Nathan Butler.
The two were scoreless after the first period, but Butler quickly took the lead with an escape early in the second period that Hemida matched to tie the score. Neither wrestler took the lead until the final seconds, which was when Hemida secured a takedown that gave Maryland the 18-15 win.
Maryland will be back in action on Sunday when the Terps head to Bakersfield, California for the Road Runner Open. The event will be streamed live on flowrestling.com.
Full results from Maryland's win over Stanford can be found below.
|125||Brandon Cray (MD) dec. #9 Connor Schram (STAN)||8-7|
|133||Gabriel Townsell (STAN) maj. dec. Jhared Simmons (MD)||17-5|
|141||#15 Ryan Diehl (MD) dec. Brandon Kier (STAN)||6-1|
|149||Requir van der Merwe (STAN) maj. dec. Adam Whitesell (MD)||15-2|
|157||Kyle Cochran (MD dec. Walker Dempsey (STAN)||11-4|
|165||Brendan Burnham (MD) dec. Brandon Dallavia (STAN)||10-4 (SV)|
|174||#16 Keaton Subjeck (STAN) dec. Josh Ugalde (MD)||9-5|
|184||Spencer Woods (MD) dec. Matt Mills (STAN)||6-2|
|197||Nathan Traxler (STAN) maj. dec. Niko Cappello (MD)||16-3|
|285||#15 Youssif Hemida (MD) dec. #12 Nathan Butler (STAN)||3-1|