Terps Split Sunday Doubleheader at Harvard, Brown

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PROVIDENCE, RI – The Maryland wrestling team (4-8, 0-6 B1G) picked up a 19-16 victory over Brown on Sunday, earning its fourth win of the season. The four wins doubles Maryland's 2016-17 record, with the Terps earning three other victories this season in duals against Campell, George Mason and Stanford. 

Maryland's dual against Harvard is currently under protest by Maryland due to an error in reporting the result of the 285-pound match. The match was recorded as a four-point major decision victory for Maryland's Youssif Hemida. However, upon further review, it was discovered that Harvard's wrestler should have been disqualified from the bout following his fifth stalling penalty. The match official did not recognize the mistake until the Maryland staff notified him immediately following the end of the match. The official claimed it was too late to make the change. The case is currently being reviewed. 

“We saw some good things from a lot of our wrestlers today,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “We had a bunch of guys like Brandon, Baby J and Youssif finish off their weekend with 3-0 records, and we also got good performances from Jhared Simmons and Peter Tedesco that helped us pick up the win over Brown. We still have plenty to work on heading into a tall task next weekend, but we saw some good signs from a lot of guys today.”

For the second-consecutive match, Brandon Cray got Maryland started with a win at 125 pounds. The redshirt freshman controlled the match from the beginning, handling Harvard’s Matthew Rodriguez and picking up a 4-0 decision. Harvard then responded to take the lead with a technical fall victory at 133 over Maryland’s Jhared Simmons.

Maryland then ran off three-consecutive victories, which began at 141 with Ryan Diehl. Diehl opened his bout with AJ Jaffe with a takedown and four-point near fall, giving him a 6-0 lead. He then kept the pressure on, closing out the period with an 8-2 lead. Jaffe earned the bout’s only point in the second, making the score 8-3 going into the final frame. Despite another strong push from Jaffe, Diehl was able to hold off and take a 9-6 decision.

Alfred Bannister then won his second bout of the weekend with a second-period fall, giving Maryland a 12-5 lead over the Crimson. It was his team-best eighth pin of the season and his first in a dual meet.

Freshman Kyle Cochran then kept the ball rolling, earning a dominant, 18-2 technical fall victory over Aaron Kruk. It was the first-career technical fall win for Cochran and his fifth dual win of the season.

Harvard then strung together four-straight victories to re-gain control of the match. The first was a tight, 7-5 decision win for Peter Bearse over Brendan Burnham at 165. The Crimson also picked up wins via technical fall and fall, giving them a 22-17 lead heading into the heavyweight battle. 

Hemida was the aggressor from the beginning of his match against Angus Cowell, knowing he needed a technical fall victory to tie the score, or a pin to give Maryland the victory. His relentless attack forced Cowell into five stalling calls, which should have disqualified Cowell from the match and given Maryland the six points it needed for a 23-22 victory. However, the official did not acknowledge the disqualification criterion and a four-point major decision was recorded, leaving the team score at 22-21 in favor of Harvard. 

To begin Maryland's dual at Brown, Cray was again able to get Maryland started on the right foot, picking up a 9-5 decision. Cray benefited from some solid wrestling in short time, ending the first period with a takedown and closing out the second frame with a takedown and four-point near fall. He was able to hold on in the third period and give Maryland a 3-0 lead to begin the dual.

Maryland’s lead then grew to 9-0 when Jhared Simmons picked up a win at 133 via injury default. The redshirt senior was up 4-0 after a pair of takedowns when Brown’s Nick Lattanze could not continue the match.

Peter Tedesco wrestled for Maryland at 141 and kept the string of victories going with a 3-2 decision. It was the first dual victory of the redshirt freshman’s career and his second victory of the season. 

Bannister followed suit shortly after, picking up his third victory of the weekend with a 9-6 decision over Zach Krause. Bannister got to work early in the bout, scoring three takedowns in the opening period. Some strong defense from the Maryland-native then gave him a 7-3 lead after two periods. Bannister was able to close out the match with a takedown in the final minute of the third period, providing Maryland with a 15-0 lead in the dual.

Brown was able to get back into the dual with five-consecutive victories, beginning at 157. The Bears picked up four wins by decision, before picking up a major decision at 197 to take their first lead of the day. Trailing 16-15, Maryland needed just a decision from No. 6 Hemida to win the match.

Hemida got out to a fast start in the opening period and never looked back. He tallied three takedowns in the first, and a fourth takedown in the second frame to take an 8-4 lead into the final period. He was then able to build on his lead with a pair of takedowns, picking up a major decision win and giving Maryland the 19-16 victory.

The win was Hemida’s 20th on the season and his 11th dual win this season. He has now outscored dual opponents this season by a score of 70-19.

The Terps will be back on the mat on Sunday, Jan. 21 when they host No. 1 ranked, and two-time defending national champion, Penn State at the XFINITY Center.

For full results from Maryland’s duals against Harvard and Brown, please see below.





Harvard 22, Maryland 21 (Jan. 14, 2018 | Harvard University)


Wt.                                                                                                                          Result                      Score

125         Brandon Cray (MARY) dec. Matthew Rodriguez (HARV)                          4-0                              0-3

133         Samuel Goldman (HARV) tech fall Jhared Simmons (MARY)                  18-2                            5-3

141         Ryan Diehl (MARY) dec. A.J. Jaffe (HARV)                                                9-6                              5-6

149         Alfred Bannister (MARY) fall Hunter Ladnier (HARV)                                 F,                                 5-12

157         Kyle Cochran (MARY) tech fall Aaron Kruk (HARV)                                   18-2                            5-17

165         Peter Bearse (HARV) dec. over Brendan Burnham                                    7-5                             8-17

174         Josef Johnson (HARV) tech. fall Jahi Jones (MARY)                                 27-7                          13-17

184         Kanon Dean (HARV) dec. Niko Cappello                                                    11-5                          16-17

197         Logan Kirby (HARV) fall Mansur Abdul-Malik (MARY)                               F, 1:11                        22-17

285*         Youssif Hemida (MARY) maj. dec.  Angus Cowell (HARV)                                 9-1                            22-21

*The match was orginally posted as a major decision for Hemida but should have been a disqualification. The result is currently under review. 


Maryland 19, Brown 16 (Jan. 14, 2018 | Pizzitola Sports Center)

125: Brandon Cray (M) def. Trey Keeley(B), Dec. 9-5 (Maryland 3-0)

133: Jhared Simmons (M) def. Nick Lattanze (B), Injury Default (Maryland 9-0)

141: Peter Tedesco (M) def. Jimmy Pawelski (B), Dec. 3-2 (Maryland 12-0)

149: Alfred Bannister (M) def. Zach Krause (B), Dec. 9-6 (Maryland 15-0)

157: Justin Staudenmayer (B) def. Kyle Cochran (M), Dec. 5-3 (Maryland 15-3)

165: Jon Viruet (B) def. Brendan Burnham (M), Dec. 8-2 (Maryland 15-6)

174: Bryce Rogers (B) def. Patrick Gerish (M), Dec. 6-4 (Maryland 15-9)

184: Nino Bastianelli (B) def. Niko Cappello (M), Dec. 9-2 (Maryland 15-12)

197: Tucker Ziegler (B) def. Mansur Abdul-Malik (M), MD 11-3 (Brown 16-15)

285: No. 6 Youssif Hemida (M) def. Ian Butterbrodt (B), MD 13-5 (Maryland 19-16)