Dec. 30, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 22 Maryland wrestling finished in fifth place at the 2007 UNCG Southern Scuffle this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The Terrapins were led by redshirt sophomore Hudson Taylor who won the individual title at 197 pounds while sophomore Mike Letts finished second at 174. Redshirt junior Josh Haines also placed, finishing eighth at 184 pounds.
No. 1 Minnesota won the team title with 182 points while No. 14 Edinboro placed second with 130.5. No. 15 Hofstra (121) and No. 17 Cornell (94) also finished ahead of the Terps who accumulated 93.5 points in the tournament.
Taylor advanced to the quarterfinals at 197 pounds on Saturday with three wins. On Sunday, he dominated his opposition. He advanced to the semifinals with a pin in the first period against Dennis Drury of North Carolina and won by major decision, 15-4, against Greensboro's Daren Burns, ranked No. 12 in the country in the weight class. In the final, Taylor faced Virginia's Brent Jones who he pinned with nine seconds left in the second to win the title.
Letts easily got by his two opponents to advance to the quarterfinals at 174 pounds yesterday. His first win came on a 14-6 major decision and then he pinned his second opponent 40 seconds into the second period for the win. Letts started where he left off on Sunday, shutting out Tom Kocher of Lock Haven, 12-0, to advance to the semifinals. Letts then faced Cornell's Steve Anceravage, ranked No. 11 in the nation, and defeated him 5-1 to get to the finals. He then had to square off against No. 14 Alton Lucas of Hofstra and fell just short, losing 6-3 for the second place finish.
Haines dominated his opposition in two matches on Saturday by a combined 13-1 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals at 184 pounds. He lost his first bout on Sunday against Kirk Smith of Boise State, 6-0, but bounced back in his first wrestleback by pinning Curtis Moore of VMI in the second period. Haines lost in the quarterfinals of the wrestlebacks and was unable to compete in seventh place match to finish eighth.
Maryland, which is 7-3 in duals this season, returns to action on January 10 when it travels to the state capital to face No. 21 Navy in Annapolis.