No. 23 Wrestling Pins Its Way Past American, 37-14

Feb. 13, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's three ranked wrestlers from 174 to 197 pounds combined for three pins and 18 points as the No. 23 Terrapins defeated American, 37-14, on February 13 at Comcast Pavilion. Sophomore Mike Letts and junior Josh Haines both picked up their falls in under 30 seconds and sophomore Hudson Taylor's second period pin was his 16th of the year.

The Terps started with a six-point advantage with a forfeit win at 125 and then sophomore Steven Bell pushed the lead up to nine with a 7-5 overtime win at 133 pounds. Down 4-2 heading into the third, Bell started down and scored a reversal to tie up the score. Matt Mariacher took the lead with an escape with 33 seconds left, but Bell had the riding time bonus point to force the extra session.

In overtime, Bell won with a takedown 23 seconds in.

The Eagles closed the gap to 9-5 with a technical fall win at 141 pounds, but freshman Eric Medina gained four of those points back with a major decision at 149 pounds to make it 13-5. Medina recorded three takedowns, a reversal, and accumulated over five minutes of riding time for the win.

American came back with a decision at 157 pounds and then a pin in the third period at 165 to take its only lead of the night, 14-13. Maryland stormed back, though, as Letts pinned Jonathon Powell in 26 seconds and then Haines followed suit with a fall just 22 seconds in to extend the Terps' lead to 25-14.

Letts' pin was the quickest of the season before Haines bested him in the very next match. Medina had previously held the distinction when he pinned Army's Ryan Nye in 39 seconds in his collegiate debut.

Finally, Taylor put a lid on the match when he also got a fall midway through the second period.

Maryland (14-4) will take another 10 days off before finishing up with a pair of duals on the road. The Terps face George Mason in Fairfax on February 23 before taking on Virginia in Charlottesville on February 24.

125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) wins by forfeit (6-0)
133 - Steven Bell (MD) dec. Matt Mariacher, 7-5 ot (9-0)
141 - Kyle Borshoff (AU) tech. fall Mookie Golden, 17-2/7:00 (9-5)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) major dec. Chris Clarke, 11-2 (13-5)
157 - Christopher Stout (AU) dec. Brian Letters, 4-2 (13-8)
165 - No. 6 Mike Cannon (AU) pinned Ryan Kennett, 5:28 (13-14)
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts (MD) pinned Jonathon Powell, :26 (19-14)
184 - No. 19 Josh Haines (MD) pinned Brooks Keefer, :22 (25-14)
197 - No. 5 Hudson Taylor (MD) pinned Andy Semple, 3:35 (31-14)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) wins by forfeit (37-14)