Nov. 29, 2008
TROY, N.Y. - The University of Maryland wrestling team posted an easy victory over Drexel before dropping dual meets to No. 1 Iowa and No. 5 Missouri Saturday at the Journeymen/Brute Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y.
"We wrestled well against Drexel to get the day started," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy said. "Against Iowa, we had a lot of close matches. I was really happy with the way our guys wrestled. In most of the matches, we out-conditioned them, which is a huge plus. Against Missouri, we had a bunch of close matches again. It's encouraging that our team, with four guys in their first or second year, can stand up and battle with the nation's best."
The Terrapins (2-4-1) had no trouble with the Dragons in the first of the day's three duals, cruising to a 35-7 victory.
A forfeit at 125 pounds and a major decision by No. 10 Steven Bell gave Maryland 10 quick points. After a Matt Dugan major decision gave Drexel four points at 141 pounds, the Terps cruised.
Three straight decisions at 149, 157 and 165 made it 19-4 Terps and freshman Corey Peltier posted a major decision for a 23-4 lead. Drexel took the 184-pound tilt via decision, but Maryland closed strongly, receiving pins at 197 and heavyweight from No. 2 Hudson Taylor and Patrick Gilmore, respectively.
Taylor defeated No. 10 Jon Oplinger, his second victory against Oplinger in as many weeks.
The Terps had their hands full with the defending national champion and top-ranked Hawkeyes in the second dual of the day.
Brendan Byrne dropped a major decision at 125 pounds, but Bell came through with a 4-3 tiebreak victory against Daniel Dennis at 133 pounds to get within a point, 4-3.
However, it was all Hawkeyes from that point, as a Taylor decision over No. 19 Chad Beatty accounted for the remainder of the Terps' points in the meet. Iowa recorded three pins to win by a final score of 34-6.
Maryland delivered a promising start to the third and final meet of the day against No. 5 Missouri. Byrne defeated Troy Dolan, 4-2, and Bell delivered his third victory of the day, a 6-1 decision against Todd Schavrien, to put the Terps up 6-0.
Unfortunately for the Terps, the Tigers took the final eight matchups, beginning with a Marcus Hoehn upset over No. 15 Alex Krom at 141 pounds, 6-5.
Taylor dropped his first match of the season at 197 pounds, dropping a 9-4 decision to No. 6 Max Askren.
Maryland is at the Penn State Open next Sunday and returns to dual competition December 14 in the home opener against Princeton.
MARYLAND 35, DREXEL 7
125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) wins by forfeit (6-0)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) major dec. Frank Cimato, 16-5 (10-0)
141 - Matt Dugan (DU) major dec. Dex Lederer, 18-6 (10-4)
149 - Steve Fehnel (MD) dec. Robert Robinson, 5-3 (13-4)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. William Haydt, 6-3 (16-4)
165 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Scott Hunter, 2-1 (19-4)
174 - Corey Peltier (MD) major dec. Brian Stouffer, 9-1 (23-4)
184 - Justin Wieller (DU) dec. Chris Lloyd, 8-2 (23-7)
197 - No. 2 Hudson Taylor fall over No. 10 Jon Oplinger, 4:53 (29-7)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore fall over Kyle Frey, 6:13 (35-7)
No. 1 IOWA 34, MARYLAND 6
125 - No. 2 Charlie Falck (IA) major dec. Brendan Byrne, 10-2 (4-0)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) dec. Daniel Dennis, 4-3 TB (4-3)
141 - No. 6 Alex Tsirtsis (IA) dec. No. 15 Alex Krom 4-1 (7-3)
149 - No. 1 Brent Metcalf (IA) fall over Steve Fehnel, 5:50 (13-3)
157 - Matt Ballweg (IA) dec. Kyle John, 5-2 (16-3)
165 - No. 11 Ryan Morningstar (IA) dec. Brian Letters, 5-1 (19-3)
174 - No. 2 Jay Borschel (IA) fall over Corey Peltier, 4:38 (25-3)
184 - No. 3 Phil Keddy (IA) fall over Ryan Gray, 1:10 (31-3)
197 - No. 2 Hudson Taylor (MD) dec. No. 19 Chad Beatty, 6-2 (31-6)
HWT - Dan Erekson (IA) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 8-1 (34-6)
No. 5 MISSOURI 28, MARYLAND 6
125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Troy Dolan, 4-2 (0-3)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) dec. Todd Schavrien, 6-1 (0-6)
141 - Marcus Hoehn (MO) dec. No. 15 Alex Krom, 6-5 (3-6)
149 - Andrew Sherry (MO) major dec. Steve Fehnel, 11-2 (7-6)
157 - No. 7 Mike Chandler (MO) tech fall Kyle John, 22-7 (12-6)
165 - No. 4 Nick Marable (MO) dec. Brian Letters, 3-2 (15-6)
174 - No. 4 Raymond Jordan (MO) dec. Corey Peltier, 11-4 (18-6)
184 - Dorian Henderson (MO) dec. Chris Lloyd, 10-8 (21-6)
197 - No. 6 Max Askren (MO) dec. No. 2 Hudson Taylor, 9-4 (24-6)
HWT - No. 4 Mark Ellis (MO) major dec. Patrick Gilmore, 11-2 (28-6)