Dec. 7, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - University of Maryland wrestlers Brian Letters and Mike Letts won their weight classes Sunday at the Nittany Lion Open at Penn State University, while Hudson Taylor finished second at 197 pounds, Josh Asper finished second at 165 pounds, Patrick Gilmore finished third at heavyweight, Jon Kohler finished fourth at 141 and Corey Peltier finished sixth at 174 pounds.
"This was a good weekend for us," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy said. "The majority of our team competed and got a bunch of matches under their belt.Letts looked really good, winning his fourth title of the season.Letters and Asper had good tournaments, as well. Patrick Gilmore continues to improve each week. Overall, I am pleased with how we competed. Having so many guys place at an event like this shows we are getting better."
Letters finished first at 165 pounds, winning all five of his matches. Letters won his first-round matchup against Robbie Michaels of Cleveland State, 6-3, before winning an 18-9 major decision against Matt Gregg of Duquesne. A 7-3 decision against Liberty's Brad Clark advanced Letters to the semifinals to face Matt Demichiel of Navy.
Letters defeated Demichiel, 4-2, in a close match to move onto the title bout. Ironically, Letters' opponent was his teammate, Asper. Unfortunately, the Terps' duo didn't get to play the match out, as Letters took the title via medical forfeit.
Asper knocked off Penn's Tom Timothy, Navy's Jason Coyne, Penn State's Tim Darling and Rider's Jason Lapham to get to the title match with Letters.
At 174 pounds, Letts began his day with a 16-0 technical fall over Delaware Valley's Zack Stavish. Letts recorded his second straight technical fall, 22-5, over Penn State's Matt Dodds and then pinned Rider's Mike Ward in 4:18.
Letts advanced to the championship match with an 8-1 decision over Navy's Luke Rebertus. Lett's beat a second Nittany Lion on the day in the title bout, taking a 12-6 decision from No. 18 Quentin Wright for his fourth open title of this season. Letts also won the Eastern Michigan Open, Wolfpack Open and East Stroudsburg Open.
Taylor, the fifth-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, easily advanced to the title bout. Taylor recorded back-to-back pins and a 7-0 decision before running into No. 9 Cayle Byers of George Mason. Byers pinned Taylor in 4:27 for the title.
Gilmore won three straight decision at heavyweight before losing a 3-2 tiebreaker to Penn State's John Laboranti, the eventual champion. Gilmore rebounded with an 8-0 major decision over Liberty's Patrick Walker in the third-place match.
Kohler won an 18-7 major decision against Duquesne's Jayk Cobbs, a 6-2 decision against Bucknell's John Regan and a 13-3 major decision against Binghamton's Anwar Goeres to begin his day.
After being pinned by Trevor Melde of Rutgers, Kohler was pinned by Rutgers' David Greenwald in the third-place bout.
The Terps return to dual action Sunday, when Princeton visits College Park, Md. at 1 p.m. for the home opener. Maryland is 2-4-1 in dual competition this season, with all four losses coming to ranked foes.