Jan. 7, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -
Sixth-ranked Christian Boley pinned West Virginia's Nicholas Hylton with five seconds remaining in the second period to clinch the Terps' ninth victory of the season as the Maryland wrestling team remained undefeated with a 22-15 victory over West Virginia Friday night.
Boley's pin came after Hylton gained a 1-0 advantage with an escape to start the second period and after defending several Boley takedown attempts the match appeared to be headed to the third period. But with five seconds remaining, the Brockport, N.Y., native powered Hylton to the mat for the one count.
Geoffrey Alexander picked up an important three points for the Terps at 133 after the Mountaineers' Shane Young earned a 10-3 decision over 20th-ranked Shane Gentry to open the meet. Alexander scored two early takedowns against Nathan Pennesi, the 17th-ranked wrestler at 141, and won a 6-2 decision.
"West Virginia wrestled hard and did a good job," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We knew it was going to be a battle, but our guys rose to the challenge. Geoffrey [Alexander] did a great job and his win was huge both individually and for the team."
After the Terps and Mountaineers traded matches at 141 and 149, No. 12 Kyle John earned valuable bonus points with a 14-6 major decision over Dominic Prezzia. John secured the four team points with a late third period takedown.
"Kyle [John] put us in the driver seat with his major decision win," said McCoy. Josh [Asper] and Jimmy [Sheptock]'s wins were crucial. It was a great win and a great way to start the second semester."
The Terps travel to Blacksburg Sunday at 1 p.m. to face 15th-ranked Virginia Tech.
125: Shane Young (WVU) dec. No. 20 Shane Gentry (MD), 10-3 (3-0)
133: Geoffrey Alexander (MD) dec. No. 17 Nathan Pennesi, 6-2 (3-3)
141: Michael Morales (WVU) dec. Frank Goodwin (MD), 10-7 (6-3)
149: Ben Dorsay (MD) dec. Brutus Scheffel (WVU), 15-8 (6-6)
157: No. 12 Kyle John (MD) major dec. Dominic Prezzia (WVU), 14-6 (10-6)
165: No. 2 Josh Asper (MD) dec. Kyle Eason (WVU), 4-0 (13-6)
174: No. 15 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) dec. Lance Bryson (WVU), 9-3 (16-6)
184: No. 17 Matt Ryan (WVU) dec. Ty Snook (MD), 3-0 (16-9)
197: No. 6 Christian Boley (MD) fall over Nicholas Hylton (WVU), 4:55 (22-9)
285: Brandon Williamson (WVU) Inj. Def. Ryan Gray (MD), (22-15)
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