Feb. 14, 2002
NORFOLK, Va. - Senior Josh Weidman's (Hershey, Pa.) pin in the second to last bout sealed the Maryland wrestling team's (10-3, 1-2 ACC), 22-15, victory over Old Dominion (1-9) Thursday night. The win is the tenth of the season for the Terps who cracked double digits in the wins column for the first time in four years.
Maryland held a slim, 16-12, lead over the Monarchs with two matches remaining. That is when Weidman stepped up, pinning Ben Summerlin in 5:40 for his eighth fall of the season at 165 pounds. His pin gave the Terps six points, sealing the match for Coach McHugh's squad.
Jeff Rusak, ranked fourth in the nation by Intermat, got Old Dominion out to an early 6-0 lead, pinning freshman Barry Stein (Union, N.J.) in 3:35 at 184 pounds. For Stein, it was his first dual match of the season.
Maryland won the next two matches to take an 8-6 lead after three bouts. Junior Bob Vorhies (Morris Knolls, N.J.) defeated Brad Krepps of Old Dominion by a 5-4 decision at 197 pounds. At the heavyweight position, sophomore Jeremy Duncan (Platte City, Mo.) beat Old Dominion's Derrell Lorthridge, 3-2, for his tenth win of the season.
Old Dominion responded, picking up the victory at 125 pounds with John Starkes earning a 5-3 decision over Maryland's Mike Lupa (Westbury, N.Y).
The Terps surged to a 16-9 lead, winning the next three bouts. At 133 pounds, senior Joe Guzzio (Greensboro, N.C.) won his 22nd match of the season, defeating Paul Jimenez, 7-4. Maryland's all-time wins leader, Brandon York (Gaithersburg, Md.) earned a 6-2 decision over Blake Romano at 141 pounds. The win is the 12th win in dual competition and 34th overall for the three-time ACC champion. At 149 pounds, freshman Adam James (Silver Spring, Md.) earned an 11-4 major decision over Old Dominion's Casey Todd. The win is James' 21st of the season.
Jesse Pearce of Old Dominion beat freshman John Antonelli (Norristown, Pa.) by a 4-2 decision to bring the Monarchs close heading into the final two matches. Weidman's pin sealed the match for the Terps, giving them a ten point, insurmountable lead heading into to last match. In the final match, sophomore Mark Reid (Medford, N.J.) lost to John Adams of Old Dominion by a 13-9 decision.
With the win, Maryland finishes their non-conference part of the season 9-1. They return to ACC competition Feb. 20, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to do battle with Virginia.
184 - Jeff Rusak (ODU) pinned Barry Stein (MD), 3:35 197 - Bob Vorhies (MD) dec. Brad Krepps (ODU), 5-4 Hwt - Jeremy Duncan (MD) dec. Derrell Lorthridge (ODU), 3-2 125 - John Starkes (ODU) dec. Mike Lupa (MD), 5-3 133 - Joe Guzzio (MD) dec. Paul Jimenez (ODU), 7-4 141 - Brandon York (MD) dec. Blake Romano (ODU), 6-2 149 - Adam James (MD) major dec. Casey Todd (ODU), 11-4 157 - Jesse Pearce (ODU) dec. John Antonelli (MD), 4-2 165 - Josh Weidman (MD) pinned Ben Summerlin (ODU), 5:40 174 - John Adams (ODU) dec. Mark Reid (MD), 13-9