Feb. 24, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 22 Maryland wrestling team completed its second undefeated ACC regular season in as many years when the Terrapins slipped by Virginia, 16-15, on February 24. Both teams won five bouts, but sophomore Hudson Taylor's major decision at 197 pounds was the deciding match in the win.
The dual featured seven matches that were decided by two points or less and two of them went into tiebreakers. The day started at 165 pounds where Michael Chaires edged sophomore Mike McGill, 4-3, but classmate Mike Letts got the three points back with a 3-1 decision of his own at 174 pounds.
Rocco Caponi came right back for Virginia with another decision, a 3-2 one over junior Josh Haines, to give the Cavaliers the lead back at 6-3, but Taylor picked up his 10-2 major decision to give the Terps their first lead of the day at 7-6.
The two teams traded decision victories back and forth all the way to the 141 pounders where sophomore Jon Kohler edged Nick Nelson, 5-4, to keep Maryland's one point lead at 13-12. Sophomore Brendan Byrne also picked up a decision win in two tiebreakers, 5-4, against Ross Gitomer.
Freshman Eric Medina gave Maryland a four point lead, the largest for either team on the day, with an 11-4 win against Shawn Harris at 149 pounds. Drew DiPasquale won the final match at 157 pounds, but freshman Brian Letters kept it close enough, 7-5, to allow just the three points to the Cavaliers for the Maryland win.
The Terps (15-4, 5-0 ACC) will now prepare for the 2008 ACC Championship on March 8 at Comcast Center. For all information regarding the tournament, please visit umterps.com.
MARYLAND 16, VIRGINIA 15
165 - Michael Chaires (VA) dec. Mike McGill, 4-3 (0-3)
174 - Mike Letts (MD) dec. Chris Henrich, 3-1 (3-3)
184 - Rocco Caponi (VA) dec. Josh Haines, 3-2 (3-6)
197 - No. 5 Hudson Taylor (MD) major dec. Brent Jones, 10-2 (7-6)
HWT - Jack Danilkowicz (VA) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 5-2 (9-7)
125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Ross Gitomer, 5-4 2TB (10-9)
133 - Eric Albright (VA) dec. Steven Bell, 2-1 4TB (10-12)
141 - Jon Kohler (MD) dec. Nick Nelson, 5-4 (13-12)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) dec. Shawn Harris, 11-4 (16-12)
157 - Drew DiPasquale (VA) dec. Brian Letters, 7-5 (16-15)