LANCASTER, Pa. – Freshman Brandon Cray shined for the Terps at the Franklin & Marshall Open Saturday, winning all five of his matches en route to the 125-pound title. Cray has now placed in three tournaments during his redshirt season for Maryland, and moves to 14-4 on the year.
Cray’s day started with a pair of bonus point victories in the opening rounds, taking out Aaron Burkett (Lehigh) by fall (5:19) and Evan Quinn (Campbell) by major decision (12-4). Cray then bested Devin Schnupp (Penn State) to advance to the semifinals, where he wrestled his closest match of the day against Charles Lenox (NC State).
Cray and Lenox had to go to overtime to decide a winner, where Cray came up with a clutch takedown to tally the 3-1 sudden victory decision. The Steinert, N.J. native then met Gage Curry of American in the final, where he came up with a 5-3 decision to claim his first career collegiate tournament title.
Redshirt sophomore Adam Whitesell (149) also placed for the Terps on the day, going 4-2 to post a fourth place finish. Whitesell won his first three matches on the day, beating Colby Knight (Harvard), Matthoes Lozier (Virginia Tech) and David Charles (Millersville) by decision. Whitesell ran into trouble against Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) in the semis, but bounced back in his next match pinning Lozier in a rematch while eventually finishing fourth.
Redshirt freshman Wade Hodges picked up two wins before defaulting, pinning William McDonald (Brown University) in 3:42 while getting a 20-3 tech fall over Joe Travato. Freshman Spencer Woods went 2-2 for the Terps, which included a fall over Blake Williams (Columbia) at 5:44. Fellow freshman Niko Cappello and redshirt sophomore Patrick Gerish also finished the day with pins.
Maryland wrestling will be back in action Sunday, January 8 to face Illinois and Navy at the XFINITY Center.