Seniors Lead Terps Past Virginia Tech, 27-18

Jan. 27, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins won their third-straight dual meet by defeating Virginia Tech, 27-18, Friday night at Comcast Pavilion. The Terps picked up six wins in the dual, including three by seniors on Senior Night, to improve to 2-0 in the ACC this season.

"It's a good way to start the weekend," head coach Pat Santoro said as his team improved to 4-7 on the year. "I'm real happy for the seniors. Everybody in the lineup fought hard tonight."

Seniors Adam DeCosmo (165), Jason Gribschaw (141), Adam James (157) and Luke Stauffer (184) were honored prior to the match. DeCosmo, James and Stauffer were all in the lineup against the Hokies, and all picked up victories.

The Hokies (0-12, 0-1) took an early lead with a 5-4 decision by Justin Staylor over James Knox. Knox scored a takedown early in the first period, but Staylor countered with a big second period scoring a reversal and two nearfall points which proved to be the difference. Brendan Byrne helped Maryland bounce back with 12-3 major decision over Sheridan Moran at 133 pounds. Byrne was aggressive in the final period pursuing the major decision scoring three takedowns in the final two minutes.

In one of the best matches of the day, 16th-ranked David Hoffman outlasted freshman Alex Krom at 141 pounds. Trailing 3-1 heading into the third, Krom chose the bottom position and scored a reversal at the beginning of the period to knot the score at 3-3. Hoffman countered with a reversal of his own with just under a minute, and then tacked on a penalty point and riding time to take the match 6-4.

The Terps roared back with bonus point victories at 149 and 157 pounds. At 149, Schlaffer needed just three minutes to tilt Joe Thompson for the six-point fall. At 157, James controlled his match from start-to-finish and came way with a 13-5 major decision. The wins gave Maryland a 14-6 lead midway through the dual.

After an intermission, DeCosmo kept the momentum in the Terps favor with a 13-5 major decision over Tucker Michels. He pulled away with a dominant third period, scoring three takedowns. Virginia Tech's Steve Ratley ended Maryland's 14-0 run in the dual with a pin of Mike Maceroli in the first period.

With impending forfeits from each team at 197 and heavyweight, Stauffer took on Mark Czarny in the final bout of the night. Stauffer picked up a takedown in the first period and second periods, then added a reversal in the third on his way to the victory. He also racked up over four minutes of riding time.

Maryland will be back in action tomorrow at Comcast Pavilion for a pair of ACC duals against North Carolina and Duke. The action will start at 1 p.m.

Wt.  Name, Result                                                  MD   VT
125: Justin Staylor (VT) dec. James Knox (MD), 5-4                 0    3
133: Brendan Byrne (MD) maj. dec. Sheridan Moran (VT), 12-3        4    3
141: #16 David Hoffman (VT) dec. Alex Krom (MD), 6-4               4    6
149: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) pinned Joe Thompson (VT), 3:00          10   6
157: Adam James (MD) maj. dec. Dave Kiley (VT), 13-5               14   6
165: Adam DeCosmo (MD) maj. dec. Tucker Michels (VT), 13-5         18   6
174: Steve Ratley (VT) pinned Mike Maceroli (MD), 2:22             18   12
184: Luke Stauffer (MD) dec. Mark Czarny (VT), 8-1                 21   12
197: Jerry Afari (MD) won by forfeit                               27   12
HWT: #10 Mike Faust won by forfeit                                 27   18

Play-By Play
125 :: James Knox (MD) vs. Justin Staylor (VT)
1st: T2 MD 2:45. E1 VT 2:01.
2nd: VT starts down. R2 VT :09. N2 VT :00.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD :40.
Riding Time: MD 1:25.

133 :: Brendan Byrne (MD) vs. Sheridan Moran (VT)
1st: T2 MD :29.
2nd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:53. T2 MD :58.
3rd: VT starts down. E1 VT 1:50. T2 MD 1:30. E1 VT 1:29. T2 MD 1:09. E1 VT 1:06. T2 MD :49.
Riding Time: MD 2:25.

141 :: Alex Krom (MD) vs. David Hoffman (VT)
1st: T2 VT 2:04. E1 MD :58.
2nd: VT starts down. C MD 2:00. S MD 1:06. E1 VT :54.
3rd: MD starts down. R2 MD 1:28. R2 VT :58. S MD :15. P1 VT :15. E1 MD :01.
Riding Time: N/A

149 :: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) vs. Joe Thompson (VT)
1st: T2 MD 2:31. N3 MD 1:30. N3 MD :58. N2 MD :15. Fall 3:00

157 :: Adam James (MD) vs. Dave Kiley (VT)
1st: T2 VT 2:32. E1 MD 2:26. T2 MD :41.
2nd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:58. T2 MD 1:56. E1 VT 1:08. T2 MD :15.
3rd: VT starts down. E1 VT 1:23. T2 MD :59. E1 VT :49. T2 MD :37.
Riding Time: MD 2:53.

165 :: Adam DeCosmo (MD) vs. Tucker Michels (VT)
1st: T2 MD 2:11. R2 VT :15. E1 MD :11.
2nd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:55. T2 MD 1:06.
3rd: VT starts down. C MD 2:00. C MD 2:00. E1 VT 1:59. T2 MD 1:13. E1 VT 1:03. T2 MD :27. E1 VT :20. T2 MD :11.
Riding Time: MD 3+

174 :: Mike Maceroli (MD) vs. Steve Ratley (VT)
1st: T2 VT 1:16. E1 MD 1:03. T2 VT :58. Fall 2:22.

184 :: Luke Stauffer (MD)
1st: T2 MD 2:30.
2nd: VT starts down. E1 VT 1:36. T2 MD :11.
3rd: MD starts down. R2 MD 1:36. P1 MD :04.
Riding Time: MD 4+.

197 :: Jerry Afari (MD) won by forfeit.

HWT :: Mike Faust (VT) won by forfeit.

Key: T2 = Takedown; E1 = Escape; N3 = Three-point nearfall; N2 = Two-point nearfall; C = Caution; S = Stalling; P1 = Penalty point.