Jan. 13, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina gave the No. 21 Maryland wrestling team all it could handle, but the Terrapins came from behind to win at Carmichael Auditorium on January 13, 19-17, in the ACC opener for both schools. Maryland's three ranked wrestlers from 174 to 197 pounds paved the way for the win with sophomore Hudson Taylor coming up with the clinching pin at 197.
The Terps were down 14-6 after the first six matches of the dual. Sophomore Mike Letts, ranked No. 7 at 174 pounds, started the Maryland comeback with a 12-3 major decision against Kyle Kiss. Then junior Josh Haines, ranked No. 18 at 184 pounds, continued the momentum for the Terps with a 4-0 win to close the deficit to one at 14-13.
Taylor, ranked No. 8 at 197 pounds, then recorded a pin with just 23 seconds left in his match to give Maryland its first lead at 19-14 with the heavyweights left. It was Taylor's team-leading 13th pin of the season.
If the Terps were to hold on to the win, redshirt freshman Patrick Gilmore had to hold his own against Justin Dobies, ranked No. 18 in the weight class. Gilmore was up to the task, keeping the junior to a decision, losing 10-3. With Gilmore's performance, he held the Tar Heels (3-3, 0-1 ACC) to just three points, securing the 19-17 win for Maryland.
Sophomore Steven Bell and freshman Brian Letters recorded the other wins for Maryland on the day. Bell earned a 5-2 decision against Jeremy Shaw at 133 pounds to tie the match early, 3-3. Letters beat Ben Fiacco, 10-3, at 157 pounds to keep the Terps within striking distance earlier in the match.
Maryland (9-3, 1-0 ACC) returns home to Comcast Pavilion on Saturday, January 19 when it hosts Virginia Tech at 2:00 p.m.
MARYLAND 19, NORTH CAROLINA 17
125 - Drew Forshey (UNC) dec. Brendan Byrne, 5-3 (3-0)
133 - Steven Bell (MD) dec. Jeremy Shaw, 5-2 (3-3)
141 - Nick Stabile (UNC) major dec. Charlie Pinto, 10-0 (3-7)
149 - Vincent Ramirez (UNC) dec. Eric Medina, 7-4 (3-10)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Ben Fiacco, 4-3 (6-10)
165 - No. 13 Keegan Mueller (UNC) major dec. Mike McGill, 12-0 (6-14)
174 - No. 7 Mike Letts (MD) major dec. Kyle Kiss, 12-3 (10-14)
184 - No. 18 Josh Haines (MD) dec. Nick Tenpenny, 4-0 (13-14)
197 - No. 8 Hudson Taylor (MD) pinned Dennis Drury, 6:37 (19-14)
HWT - No. 18 Justin Dobies (UNC) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 10-3 (19-17)