No. 21 Wrestling Improves ACC Winning Streak To Nine With Two Wins Saturday

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Jan. 26, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 21 Maryland wrestling team continued its winning ways in the Atlantic Coast Conference as the Terrapins defeated NC State and Duke on January 26 at Comcast Pavilion. Maryland beat the Wolfpack, the 2007 ACC Champions, 27-12, before dominating Duke, 33-5. Five Terps earned a pair of victories in the two duals.

Maryland has now won nine-straight ACC dual meets which is something that has not happened since 1974. The Terps are also 13-1 over the last three seasons within the conference.

Sophomore Brendan Byrne was the first of five Terps to win two matches on the day. He started off by pinning NC State's Taylor Cummings, the defending ACC champion at 125 pounds, in the first period. Byrne then went on to beat Kellan McKeon of Duke, 5-4, in his second match.

Sophomore Steven Bell picked up two more wins and improved his record to 20-7 at 133 pounds. It took two tiebreakers against Darius Little of NC State, but Bell came away with a 4-2 win. The wrestlers were locked up at 1-1 after three periods and neither could score a takedown in the one minute overtime. Bell started down in the first tiebreaker and escaped to take a 2-1 lead, but Little did the same in the second, recording his escape with 19 seconds left. Bell was able to score again before time ran out though, getting the winning takedown with just five seconds remaining. Bell then defeated Duke's Bryan Gibson, 6-4.

Freshman Brian Letters has been on a roll as of late having now won his last five matches at 157 pounds. He picked up a pair of decisions on the day as he beat Colton Palmer, 8-3, and Voris Tejada of Duke in a tight one, 2-1.

Sophomores Mike Letts and Hudson Taylor both went 2-0 on the day as well. The two handled their opponents form NC State and proved to be too much, forcing both wrestlers to stop their matches due to injuries. Against Duke, they both earned major decisions as Letts beat Ben Wales, 16-4, and Taylor got the best of Dan Tulley, 11-1.

Letts improved to 15-4 on the season at 174 pounds while Taylor is now 23-2 at 197.

Maryland (12-3, 4-0 ACC) heads to the road next weekend for a pair of duals, facing Penn in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 2 before taking on Columbia in New York City on Super Bowl Sunday.

125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) pinned Taylor Cummings, 2:22 (6-0)
133 - Steven Bell (MD) dec. Darius Little, 4-2 2tb (9-0)
141 - No. 7 Joe Caramanica (NCST) dec. Jon Kohler, 12-8 (9-3)
149 - No. 10 Darrion Caldwell (NCST) dec. Eric Medina, 7-5 (9-6)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Colton Palmer, 8-3 (12-6)
165 - Ryan Kennett (MD) dec. Jalil Dozier, 7-2 (15-6)
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts (MD) injury default Randy Goodman (21-6)
184 - No. 20 Ryan Goodman (NCST) dec. No. 17 Josh Haines, 4-1 (21-9)
197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor (MD) injury default Mark Jahad (27-9)
HWT - Bobby Isola (NCST) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 5-2 (27-12)

125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Kellan McKeon, 5-4 (3-0)
133 - Steven Bell (MD) dec. Bryan Gibson, 6-4 (6-0)
141 - Jon Kohler (MD) dec. A.J. Guardado, 5-4 (9-0)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) pinned Michael Degli Obizzi, 4:09 (15-0)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Voris Tejada, 2-1 (18-0)
165 - Mike McGill (MD) dec. Addison Nuding, 8-6 OT (21-0)
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts (MD) major dec. Ben Wales, 16-4 (25-0)
184 - John Barone (Duke) tech. fall Bradley Nielson, 18-2/6:05 (25-5)
197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor (MD) major dec. Dan Tulley, 11-1 (29-5)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) major dec. Mike Tunick, 11-3 (33-5)