Red Bests Black in Wrestle-Offs Exhibition

Oct. 24, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 17th-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team competed in public for the first time this season, participating in the annual Red & Black Wrestle-Offs exhibition Friday night at Comcast Pavilion, with the red team defeating the black team, 22-13.

While several projected starters sat out, nationally-ranked wrestlers Steven Bell, Eric Medina and All-American Hudson Taylor all competed.

Junior Brendan Byrne got the black team off to a good start in the opening 125-pound match, taking an 8-3 decision against Lou Ruland, giving the black team a 3-0 lead. Bell then evened the score at 3-3 with a 12-7 decision at 133 pounds against redshirt freshman Matt Bogusz.

Freshman Brian Marcoux put red on top for the first time, winning a 6-2 overtime decision in an exhibition against fellow freshman Mike Hromada.

The 141-pound match figured to be a good one with redshirt junior Alex Krom, who was ranked as high as 13th in the nation two years ago, took on ACC champion Jon Kohler. Krom was impressive in the match, winning a 16-4 major decision to give the black side a 7-6 lead.

Sophomore Eric Medina then won a 9-1 major decision against fifth-year senior Steve Fehnel to put red back on top, 10-7.

The 157-pound tilt was arguably the most important of the evening, as redshirt freshmen Kyle John and Matt MacLean are in a fierce competition for the starting job. The match was tight and low-scoring, with John eventually posting a 4-0 victory, tying the overall score at 10-10.

The red team took the next two matches, with freshman Danny Bichner winning an overtime decision against freshman Shawn Mazzarone, 3-2, followed by a major decision for freshman Corey Peltier, 16-2, against sophomore Patrick Klenkel.

Freshman Owen Smith won a 7-3 decision against freshman Chris Lloyd at 184 pounds, putting the score at 17-13 for the red team heading into the final match.

Taylor put forth an impressive effort against redshirt freshman Tommy Sitar at 197 pounds, winning by technical fall, 18-2, nine seconds into the third period.

The Terps begin the regular season next Saturday at the Fighting Scot Duals in Edinboro, Pa. Maryland will compete in a trio of duals against Army, Findlay and Edinboro.

RED 22, BLACK 13
125 - Brendan Byrne (BLACK) dec. Lou Ruland, 8-3 (0-3)
133 - No. 12 Steven Bell (RED) dec. Matt Bogusz, 12-7 (3-3)
Exh. - Brian Marcoux (RED) dec. Mike Hromada, 6-2 SV-1 (6-3)
141 - Alex Krom (BLACK) major dec. Jon Kohler, 16-4 (6-7)
149 - No. 14 Eric Medina (RED) major dec. Steve Fehnel, 9-1 (10-7)
157 - Kyle John (BLACK) dec. Matt MacLean, 4-0 (10-10)
Exh. - Danny Bichner (RED) dec. Shawn Mazzarone, 3-2 TB-1 (13-10)
Exh. - Corey Peltier (RED) major dec. Patrick Klenkel, 16-2 (17-10)
184 - Owen Smith (BLACK) dec. Chris Lloyd, 7-3 (17-13)
197 - No. 2 Hudson Taylor (RED) tech. fall Tommy Sitar, 18-2/5:09 (22-13)