#13 Terps Take Down #24 Eagles

Dec. 2, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team won six of 10 matches Friday evening to extend its winning streak over local rival American to six as the Terps defeated the Eagles, 23-14. Maryland improved to 7-0 in dual meets and American fell to 0-4.

Redshirt sophomore Christian Boley, ranked 20th at 197, provided the highlight of the dual meet with a thrilling 7-6 decision over eighth-ranked Daniel Mitchell to seal a Terrapin victory. Trailing 5-4 entering the third period, Boley picked up an early escape to tie the match, and added a late takedown to win.

"There was no doubt in his mind going into the match today that he was going to win," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It was just a matter of how he was going to win. For us to ice the match that way is great credit to all of the work he's been doing."

The Terps got off to a strong start courtesy of 125-pound sophomore Shane Gentry and 133-pound freshman Geoffrey Alexander.

Gentry scored a 2-point near-fall in the second period and grinded out a 2-1 decision over Thomas Williams.

Alexander had three takedowns and a 3-point near-fall in the first period to take command of his match against Chris Brienza. Alexander earned a 17-2 technical fall and gave Maryland an 8-0 lead.

American responded by winning the next three bouts. Ninth-ranked Matt Mariacher won a 7-4 decision over freshman Frank Goodwin at 141. Kevin Tao earned a major decision over sophomore Ben Dorsay at 149, and a 14-6 major decision for fourth-ranked Ganbayar Sanjaa over 16th-ranked senior Kyle John at 157 put the Eagles up 11-8.

At 165, second-ranked junior Josh Asper ended the Eagles' momentum with a 19-4 technical fall over Sean McCarty to edge the Terps in front at 12-11.

Seventeenth-ranked redshirt sophomore Jimmy Sheptock won a vital five points for the Terps with 17-2 technical fall over Philip Barreiro at 174. Sheptock went on the offensive in the first period with a takedown and two 2-point near-falls.

Redshirt sophomore Ty Snook increased the Terps lead to 20-11 with an 8-3 decision over 184-pound Thomas Barreiro. Snook had two first period takedowns and added another in the third period to clinch the victory and set the stage for Boley.

Boley, who lost an 8-6 decision to Mitchell last season, scored an early first-period takedown and added another following an escape by Mitchell. In the second period, Mitchell earned an escape and takedown to take a 5-4 lead. Boley choose to start on the ground to begin the third period and quickly earned an escape to tie the match before sealing the victory with a takedown.

Top-ranked Ryan Flores won a 7-3 decision over 10th-ranked sophomore Spencer Myers at 285 to end the dual meet.


125: Shane Gentry (MD) dec. Thomas Williams (AU), 2-1 (3-0)
133: Geoffrey Alexander (MD) tech. fall over Chris Brienza (AU), 17-2 (8-0)
141: Matt Mariacher (AU) dec. Frank Goodwin (MD), 7-4 (8-3)
149: Kevin Tao (AU) major dec. Ben Dorsay (MD), 12-4 (8-7)
157: Ganbayar Sanjaa (AU) major dec. Kyle John (MD), 14-6 (11-8)
165: Asper (MD) tech. fall over Sean McCarty (AU), 19-4 (12-11)
174: Jimmy Sheptock (MD) tech. fall over Philip Barreiro (AU), 17-2 (17-11)
184: Ty Snook (MD) dec. Thomas Barreiro (AU), 8-3 (20-11)
197: Christian Boley (MD) dec. Daniel Mitchell (AU), 7-6 (23-11)
285: Ryan Flores (AU) dec. Spencer Myers (MD), 7-3 (23-14)