Wrestling Wins Battle of the Beltway at American, 26-11

Feb. 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - The University of Maryland wrestling team won seven of 10 matches Saturday evening at regional rival American University and the Terrapins handed the Eagles their first home loss of the season, 26-11.

With the victory, the Terps improved to 8-8-1 in dual meets heading into the final weekend of the regular season next week. The Eagles, who are receiving votes in the current USA Today/Intermat poll, dropped to 11-5 on the season and 4-1 at home.

"This was a great win for us. American is a great team and has been on a roll," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy. "They were undefeated at home, so the win was even more rewarding. We are in our final peaking phase of training, so the guys will feel better each day and be at their best for ACCs and NCAAs."

Maryland's three lower weights continued their season-long trend of getting the Terps off to a quick start.

Junior Brendan Byrne picked up a Maryland victory by the narrowest of margins, edging Thomas Williams in the 125-pound match, 6-5.

Ranked grapplers Steven Bell and Alex Krom then added to Maryland's score at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

No. 11 Bell dominated Jasen Borshoff to the tune of a 13-5 major decision at 133 pounds. Krom, also ranked 11th in the nation, had a tougher match, but ultimately defeated Matt Mariacher, 8-5, to put the Terps up 10-0.

No. 12 Kyle Borshoff temporarily stopped the bleeding for the Eagles, earning a 15-3 major decision against Chris Stinnett at 149 pounds.

However, Kyle John and Brian Letters won back-to-back decisions for the Terps at 157 and 165 pounds to put Maryland up 16-4.

Trailing by 12, the Eagles briefly rallied, earning a major decision by No. 2 Mike Cannon at 174 pounds and an Andy Semple decision over Chris Lloyd at 184 pounds to pull within five points, 16-11, with two matches remaining.

The momentum gained by the Eagles was squashed less than two minutes later, however, as No. 10 Hudson Taylor pinned Andrew Silber in 1 minute, 59 seconds to seal Maryland's victory. It was Taylor's 15th pin of the season.

Heavyweight Patrick Gilmore added the icing to the cake, taking a 10-2 major decision against Quinton Pruett.

The trio of Byrne, Bell and Krom is now a combined 40-7 in dual meets this season. Krom has 15 dual victories this season to lead the team.

Maryland finishes the regular season at home next weekend. The Terps welcome George Mason at 1 p.m. Saturday and then finish conference competition at 1 p.m. next Sunday against the Virginia Cavaliers.

125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Thomas Williams, 6-5 (3-0)
133 - No. 11 Steven Bell (MD) major dec. Jasen Borshoff, 13-5 (7-0)
141 - No. 11 Alex Krom (MD) dec. Matt Mariacher, 8-5 (10-0)
149 - No. 12 Kyle Borshoff (AU) major dec. Chris Stinnett, 15-3 (10-4)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. Patrick Graham, 3-1 (13-4)
165 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Christopher Stout, 8-5 (16-4)
174 - No. 2 Mike Cannon (AU) major dec. Bradley Nielson, 18-7 (16-8)
184 - Andy Semple (AU) dec. Chris Lloyd, 4-2 (16-11)
197 - No. 10 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over Andrew Silber, 1:59 (22-11)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) major dec. Quinton Pruett, 10-2 (26-11)