Wrestling Defeats American And Howard

Feb. 6, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (8-3, 0-2 ACC) defeated American (4-10), 42-8, and Howard (1-10) Wednesday night at Ritchie Coliseum. The Terps bounced back from Saturday's loss to North Carolina, taking eight of ten matches, including four pins, from the Eagles, to earn the 34-point victory. Against Howard, Maryland won eight matches to earn the victory over the Bison.

After American took the opening bout at 174, the Terps responded, taking the next six matches to move out to a 29-point lead. At 184, junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) picked up his team-high 15th fall of the season, pinning Kyle Mason in 3:55. Junior Bob Vorhies (Morris Knolls, N.J.) notched his third pin of the season against American's Adam Montgomery in 2:02. At the heavyweight position, sophomore Jeremy Duncan (Platte City, Mo.) defeated Jared Hyman, 9-7, for his sixth dual win of the season.

Maryland picked up six more points with an American forfeit at 125. Senior Joe Guzzio (Greensboro, N.C.) pinned Mathew Pelligrino in 1:15 at 133 pounds. After a second American forfeit at 141 pounds, the Terps found themselves with a 33-4 lead through seven bouts.

The Eagles' Marc Hoffer, ranked 14th nationally, earned a 16-7 major decision over freshman Adam James (Silver Spring, Md.) at 149 pounds to capture four additional points for American.

The Terps picked up victories in the final two bouts as freshman John Antonelli (Norristown, Pa.) added to the Maryland scoring with a 6-2 decision over Aviv Bercovicz and at 165, senior Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) pinned Eric Fantegrossi in 2:14 for his seventh fall of the year.

Against the Bison, freshman Patrick Cissne (Huntington Valley, Pa.) picked up his third dual match win of the season at 174 as Howard was forced to forfeit. James Blanton of Howard pinned junior Dan Barsnica (Manalapan, N.J.) at 174 pounds to earn six points for Howard. After a Bison forfeit at 197 pounds, Adrian Thompson defeated Duncan, 13-6, to pull Howard within three points with six matches remaining.

Maryland captured the final six bouts to earn the 39-9 victory over the Bison. Freshman Mike Lupa (Westbury, N.Y.) notched his second dual match win of the night with a 7-3 decision over Reginald Torrence at 125 pounds. Earlier against American, Lupa won his match by forfeit. Guzzio picked up his second fall of the night, pinning Derek Butts in 4:28. The senior's two falls on the evening give him nine for the season, good for second on the team. Howard was forced to forfeit the match at 141.

James defeated Headley Murray by a 12-4 major decision, giving him his third dual victory of the season. At 157, Antonelli looked impressive, winning his second match of the night by a technical fall, 22-6, in five minutes even. Weidman wrapped the victory up for the Terps with a 7-2 decision over Epheraim Walker at 165 pounds.

Maryland will face ACC foe Duke in their final home match of the season Saturday at Ritchie Coliseum. The match will begin at 2 p.m.

Individual Results

Maryland 42 American 8

#174 - Aaron Baker (AU) major dec. Mark Reid (MD), 11-2
184 - Jake Stork (MD) pinned Kyle Mason (AU), 3:55
197 -  Bob Vorhies (MD) pinned Adam Montgomery (AU), 2:02
Hwt - Jeremy Duncan (MD) dec. Jared Hyman (AU), 9-7
125 - Mike Lupa (MD) won by Forfeit
133 - Joe Guzzio (MD) pinned Matthew Pelligrino (AU), 1:15
141 -  Brandon York (MD) won by Forfeit
149 -. Marc Hoffer (AU) major dec. Adam James (MD), 16-7
157 - John Antonelli (MD) dec. Aviv Bercovicz (AU), 6-2
165 - Josh Weidman (MD) pinned Eric Fantegrossi (AU), 2:14

Maryland 39 Howard 9

#174 - Patrick Cissne (MD) won by Forfeit 184 - James Blanton (H) pinned Dan Barsnica (MD), 2:46 197 - Bob Vorhies (MD) won by Forfeit Hwt - Adrian Thompson (H) dec. Jeremy Duncan (MD), 13-6 125 - Mike Lupa (MD) dec. Reginald Torrence (H), 7-3 133 - Joe Guzzio (MD) pinned Derek Butts (H), 4:28 141 - Brandon York (MD) won by Forfeit 149 - Adam James (MD) major dec. Headley Murray (H), 12-4 157 - John Antonelli (MD) tech. fall Brandon Hogan (H), TF5:00, 22-6 165 - Josh Weidman (MD) dec. Epheraim Walker (H), 7-2

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