Nov. 17, 2007
ITHACA, N.Y. - Freshman Eric Medina and redshirt junior Josh Haines took home individual titles at 149 and 184 pounds, respectively, as the Maryland wrestling team finished third at the Body Bar Systems Invitational hosted by Cornell on November 17. Redshirt sophomore Hudson Taylor placed second at 197 pounds.
The Terrapins finished the tournament with 113.5 points. No. 8 Cornell won with 139 points while No. 11 Wisconsin placed second with 130.5 points.
Medina and Haines both went through their respective fields with a perfect 4-0 record. Medina won all of his matches by decision while Haines earned a 15-0 technical fall and a pair of pins, including one in the championship match.
Taylor dominated his competition in the first three rounds with a pair of falls and a major decision to reach the finals where he faced No. 8 Dallas Herbst of Wisconsin. Herbst narrowly beat Taylor out for the title with a 4-3 decision.
Three Maryland wrestlers earned fourth place finishes including redshirt sophomore Stephen Bell, who advanced to the semifinals of the championship bracket at 133 pounds before suffering his first loss. Freshman Brian Letters also placed fourth and pinned an opponent on the day at 157 pounds while redshirt sophomore Mike McGill was the final wrestler to place fourth at 165 pounds. All three went 3-2 in the tournament.
Redshirt sophomore Brendan Byrne placed fifth for the Terps at 125 pounds. He finished 3-2 after starting 2-0 and advancing to the semifinals of the championship bracket. Sophomore Casey Marwine also went 3-2 at 125 pounds.
Sophomore Jon Kohler finished the day 4-3 with a fall to earn a sixth place finish.
The Terps are back in action next Saturday, November 24 when they travel to Troy, N.Y. to take part in the Journeymen/BRUTE Northeast Duals. Maryland will face No. 5 Michigan, Appalachian State, and No. 9 Central Michigan that day at Hudson Valley Community College. Admission to the event is $20.