Jan. 22, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team fell 19-14 to Navy in front of 2,825 fans at Halsey Field House in Annaplis, Md., on Friday night.
The Terps, ranked seventh in the newly released National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today/Coaches Poll and eighth in Intermat's rankings, were wrestling without several starters and were unable to overcome a gritty performance from the Midshipmen.
Navy won six of 10 matches, including four of five in the lightweight matches, to come up with the upset victory. The Midshipmen improved to 3-1 on the season while the Terps fell to 13-4.
"It's a frustrating loss," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It's tough to win against a good team with all your starters and even more difficult without some of your starters when you get outfought. You can't teach fight and belief. Hopefully it's that wakeup call that we need."
The match started at 197 pounds, where No. 3 Hudson Taylor had little trouble dispatching Charles Carafano. Taylor improved to 30-2 this season with a 14-2 major decision to give the Terps an early 4-0 lead.
Wrestling against No. 5 Scott Steele of Navy, Patrick Gilmore kept the match scoreless through one period. Steele recorded two takedowns in the second period and took a 5-1 lead heading into the final period, a lead that Gilmore couldn't overcome. Gilmore recorded a point for an escape in the final stanza but Steele was able to come out on top 6-2 to bring the team score to 4-3 in favor of Maryland.
Navy then won four of the next five matches to extend its lead to 16-7. At 125 pounds, Aaron Kalil got out to a 6-0 lead over James Knox and finished with a 7-1 decision as Navy took a 6-4 lead. Mookie Golden, wrestling in place of No. 11 Steven Bell at 133 pounds, earned a 6-4 decision over Pat McCaffrey to help Maryland regain the lead, 7-6.
Matt Bogusz, wrestling at 141 pounds in place of No. 9 Alex Krom, trailed 3-1 to Matt Pagan heading into the third period. Pagan got three takedowns in the final period as Navy retook a lead it wouldn't relinquish, 9-7.
"We needed to get one more match and we didn't get it done," said McCoy. "From 125 [pounds] to 157 [pounds] they won four out of five. We didn't seem to have the same fight that we had last weekend."
No. 15 Josh Asper took a dominant 14-4 major decision over Robby Neill at 165 pounds, but Owen Smith, who filled in for No. 6 Mike Letts, fell to Matt DeMichiel at 174 pounds as Navy put the match out of reach. The Midshipmen led 19-11 heading into the final match.
Corey Peltier defeated Greg Priouleau 8-2 at 184 pounds, but it wasn't enough as Maryland suffered its first loss of the season to an unranked opponent.
"Hopefully the guys can shake it off and be ready for tomorrow," said McCoy. "Tonight, this match is the most important thing, but as soon as we get to Comcast tomorrow, our matches with North Carolina State and Duke are the most important things. It's very important for conference seeding that we wrestle well, so hopefully the guys decide they are ready to fight for the team, for the school and for themselves."
Maryland hosts NC State at noon and Duke at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Comcast Pavilion. The Terps will honor all faculty and staff, as well as military members for their service and support at Saturday's matches.
The wrestling match with Duke was moved from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m. in order to accommodate wrestling fans who would like to park in the lots surrounding Comcast Center prior to the men's basketball game against NC State at 6 p.m. All fans wishing to park in lot 4b should arrive there prior to 2 p.m. Furthermore, University Parking will not begin ticketing and towing in lot 4b on Saturday until 4 p.m., in order to allow wrestling fans to park there. Any fans concerned they might not be able to leave the lot by 4 p.m. should park in lots XX, 1, or Regents drive.
Navy 19, No. 7 Maryland 14
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor (MD), major dec. Charles Garfanno, 14-2 (0-4)
HWT - No. 5 Scott Steele (NAVY) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 6-2 (3-4)
125 - Aaron Kalil (NAVY) dec. James Knox, 7-1 (6-4)
133 - Mookie Golden (MD) dec. Pat McCaffrey, 6-4 (6-7)
141 - Matt Pagan (NAVY) dec. Matt Bogusz, 10-3 (9-7)
149 - Glenn Shober (NAVY) major dec. Jon Kohler, 15-4 (13-7)
157 - No. 8 Bryce Saddoris (NAVY) dec. Kyle John, 9-7 (16-7)
165 - No. 15 Josh Asper (MD) major dec. Robby Neill, 14-4 (16-11)
174 - Matt DeMichiel (NAVY) dec. Owen Smith, 12-6 (19-11)
184 - Corey Peltier (MD) dec. Greg Prioleau, 8-2 (19-14)