Dec. 2, 2011
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."
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)