Terp Grapplers Fall To Rider And Rutgers

Dec. 10, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team fell to Rutgers and Rider in dual action Saturday afternoon at Comcast Pavilion. The Terps, who lost 25-14 to the Broncos and 23-13 to the Scarlet Knights in the finale, drop to 1-5 on the season.

In the day's first bout, Maryland's Rob Parker fell to Doug Umberhauer at 184 pounds. Umberhauer recorded a total of four takedowns and went on to win, 11-3, giving Rider an early 4-0 advantage. The Broncos' lead would jump to double digits in the next after a fall by 17th-ranked T.J. Morrison at 197 pounds.

At 285 pounds, Maryland's Bryan Reiss got the Terps on the scoreboard in the third bout. Going up against Rider's Tyler Rees, Reiss registered an escape in overtime to secure the victory and bring the Terps closer at 10-3. James Knox fell 11-3 in the next bout, though, pushing the deficit back to double digits.

Brendan Byrne brought Maryland closer by defeating Rider's Jim Porch at 133 pounds. Byrne opened the match with two straight takedowns en route to an 8-2 lead by the end of the second period. A technical violation by Rider gave Byrne nine points and, following another takedown, Byrne secured an 11-2 major decision that made the score 13-7 Rider.

At 141 pounds, Rider's Michael Palma held Maryland's Steve Fehnel in check for all three periods, shutting out the Terp freshman, 4-0. But Maryland fought back again in the next bout, as Andrew Schlaffer edged the Broncos' Mike Kessler. Schlaffer registered a takedown with under two seconds remaining in the first period to take the lead, 2-0. Both wrestlers would each manage one escape, as Schlaffer held off Kessler for the 3-1 win.

Down six at that point, Maryland dropped the next two bouts before Dominic Buckman won, 9-2, at 174 pounds.

In the second match, the Terps were the ones to take an early advantage, going up 4-0 after Carter defeated Rudy Medini of Rutgers, 10-2. But the Scarlet Knights responded with 10 consecutive points to go up by six. Afari, who was up 5-1 following a two-point takedown and three near fall points at the edge of the circle, would eventually fall to Lamar Brown, 13-5.

In the next bout, Reiss was pinned just as the second period buzzer sounded by Mike D'Amico for Rutgers, giving the Scarlet Knights the 10-4 advantage.

Mike Moor and Brendan Byrne won the next two bouts for the Terps tying the match at 10. Moor defeated Ryan Jablonski 6-5 and Byrne got past Kellen Bradley, 7-6, earning his second win of the day.

But the Terps could not prevent their opponent from responding, as they dropped four of the next five bouts to Rutgers. Maryland's lone victory during that stretch was by Schlaffer, who dispatched Kyle Poulsen, 4-1, in riding time.

The Terps will be idle until the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C., December 28-29. Maryland will return to action in College Park on January 13 in the ACC opener against NC State at 7 p.m.

Maryland vs. Rider

Wt.  Name, Result                                                MD    RU
184: Doug Umberhauer (RU) dec. Rob Parker (MD), 11-3	0	4
197: T.J. Morrison (RU) pinned Jerry Afari (MD), 2:01	0     10
285: Bryan Reiss (MD) dec. Tyler Rees (RU), 2-1	3	10
125: Ryan Smith (RU) dec. Jim Knox (MD), 11-4	3     13
133: Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. James Porch (RU), 11-217     13
141: Michael Palma (RU) dec. Steve Fehnel (MD), 4-0	17    16
149: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) dec. Mike Kessler (RU), 3-1	10    16
157: Ryan Cunningham (RU) dec. Jared Villecco (MD), 7-3  10    19
165: Chris Marold (RU) pinned Mason Krumholtz (MD 4:05	10    25
174:Dominic Buckman (MD) dec. Joe Maroney (RU), 15-6	14    25

Maryland vs. Rutgers

Wt.  Name, Result                                                MD    RU
184: Rudy Medini (RU) maj. dec. Rob Parker (MD), 10-2	4	0
197: Jerry Afari (MD) maj. dec. Lamar Brown (RU), 13-5	4     4
285: Mike D'Amico (RU) pinned Bryan Reiss (MD), 4:59	4	10
125: Mike Moor (MD) dec. Ryan Jablonski (RU), 6-5	7     10
133: Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Kellen Bradley (RU), 7-6		10     10
141: Steve Adamcsik (RU) dec. Steve Fehnel (MD), 9-0	10   14
149: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) dec. Kyle Poulsen (RU), 4-1	13    14
157: Jamie Lijo (RU) dec. Jared Villecco (MD), 9-7  13    17
165: Rob Kaiser (RU) dec. Mason Krumholtz (MD), 4-2	13    20
174: Mike Whalen (RU) dec. Dominic Buckman (MD), 6-2	13    23