Three Terps Victorious in loss to No. 23 Navy

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Youssif Hemida, Brandon Cray and Alfred Bannister each claimed victories but the Maryland wrestling team (3-7, 0-6 B1G) fell to No. 23 Navy (5-0, 2-0 EIWA), 29-10 on Friday. 

Hemida's win was his team-best 18th of the season, while Cray earned his seventh win of the year. Bannister notched his first dual win of the season and was the second Terrapin to claim a dual win via sudden victory this season. 

"We were able to get some guys back on track tonight," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "It was good to see Brandon Cray get back in the win column and Baby J worked hard to get his first dual victory. It's always good to wrestle an in-state opponent like Navy, and we enjoyed the atmosphere they have here. We have two more opportunities to improve on Sunday with a pair of matches against quality opponents in Harvard and Brown." 

Cray got Maryland's day started with a tough, 10-9 victory over Aslan Kilic. An action-packed first period saw both wrestlers earn a pair of takedowns, and Kilic led the Maryland grappler after the opening frame. He held to his lead after two periods and was up 7-5 on Cray as the two went into the third period. Cray exploded to begin the third, earning a takedown and two points for a near fall to reclaim the lead. Kilic was able to hit on a reversal, tying the score at nine with 23 seconds left. Off of a restart, Cray quickly earned a point for an escape and held off Kilic's attack to earn the 10-9 win. 

Navy then won back-to-back matches at 133 and 141 and took a 7-3 lead over the Terrapins. 

Bannister then took the mat at 149, looking to trim Maryland's deficit. Both wrestlers tallied an escape in the opening period and were tied at three points apiece after the first. Bannister earned the only point in the second period with an escape, and held a 4-3 lead after two.

Wilding answered back with an escape of his own, and with no scoring the rest of the way, the wrestlers moved into a sudden victory overtime period. The two defended well to begin, but Bannister was able to capitalize on a takedown to earn the victory. 

The Midshipmen then ran off five consecutive wins to extend their lead over the Terps. Brendan Burnham nearly knocked off No. 20 Drew Daniels at 165, but the Navy wrestler was able to escape with a 3-2 win. 

Hemida closed out the day with a win after exploding in the third period to take it by major decision. It was his second major decision of the season and improved his overall record to 18-1. 

Maryland will be back in action on Sunday when it meets a pair of Ivy League foes in Harvard and Brown. The Terps will start the day with their bout at Harvard at noon, and then will travel to Brown to take on the Bears at 4 p.m. 

For full results from Maryland's dual with No. 23 Navy, please see below. 


Navy 29, Maryland 10
125 | Brandon Cray dec over Aslan Kilic (NAVY), 10-9
133 | Cody Trybus (NAVY) major dec over Danny Bertoni, 16-8
141 | Nicholas Gil (NAVY) dec over Ryan Diehl, 7-3
149 | Alfred Bannister dec over Corey Wilding (NAVY), 6-4 SV
157 | Zack Davis (NAVY) dec over Kyle Cochran, 10-4
165 | Drew Daniels (NAVY) dec over Brendan Burnham, 3-2
174 | AJ Alford (NAVY) fall over Patrick Gerish, 5:56
184 | #18 Michael Coleman (NAVY) major dec over Niko Cappello, 10-0
197 | Joshua Roetman (NAVY) fall over Mansur Abdul-Malik, 3:32
285 | #6 Youssif Hemida major dec over Austin Faunce (NAVY), 12-4