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No. 7 Terps Win Twice At National Duals
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/09/2010

Jan. 9, 2010

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The No. 7 University of Maryland wrestling team, competing for the first time in school history at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals, defeated Northern Iowa and Buffalo, while falling to No. 2 Iowa State Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Terps opened the day by winning seven of 10 matches en route to a 25-9 victory over Northern Iowa, the tournament host. From there, Maryland advanced to face No. 2 Iowa State, falling 26-6 to the perennial power. Head coach Kerry McCoy's squad bounced back from the loss to defeat Buffalo 31-7 in the consolation bracket.

"The guys responded well after the Iowa State loss to bounce back against Buffalo," said McCoy. "I'm happy with how we finished the night."

Against Northern Iowa, Terrence Young took a 7-2 decision over James Knox to get the Panthers out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Terps took seven of the next eight matches to pull away. No. 10 Steven Bell and No. 8 Alex Krom both earned major decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, and Maryland was well on its way to victory.

After Brett Robbins won a hard fought match over Jon Kohler by a score of 8-6, the Terps got two more major decisions at 157 and 165 pounds. Kyle John easily beat Tyson Reiner 15-4 and No. 17 Josh Asper defeated David Bonin 12-1 to increase Maryland's lead to 16-6. No. 6 Mike Letts, Corey Peltier and No. 4 Hudson Taylor all won by decision to help Maryland finish off Northern Iowa.

That set up a match with powerhouse Iowa State. Maryland kept nearly every match close, but was unable to get over the hump, falling in eight of 10 matches. Four of those losses, however, were decided by three points or less.

Bell recorded the first win for Maryland by taking a 3-2 decision over No. 8 Nick Fanthorpe, giving the Terps a 3-2 lead. Letts got the other win for Maryland by also defeating a ranked wrestler - No. 4 Ryan Burk - 5-3. Taylor came up just short wrestling against defending national champion and No. 1 Jake Varner, falling 5-4 in a match that could have gone either way. Seven of Iowa State's 10 wrestlers are ranked in the top-11 by Intermat.

The loss sent Maryland to the consolation bracket for a matchup with Buffalo, and the Terps had little trouble. They cruised to a 31-7 win, taking eight of 10 matches. Bell and Letts ran their record to 3-0 on the day with wins against the Bulls.

The Terps have challenged themselves by wrestling against some of the best competition in the country throughout the season, a tactic that McCoy hopes will have them ready for the NCAA Tournament in March. The format of the National Duals, where wrestlers have to compete three times a day for two days in a row is similar to what will be seen at the NCAA Tournament.

"It's very similar to the NCAA Tournament," said McCoy. "It gives our guys the opportunity to wrestle against elite-level competition. It's a grind, but it's a good grind and it gives us an idea of where we are against some of the best wrestlers in the country."

The Terps are back in action Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern, where they will face No. 8 Cornell. Earlier this season, Maryland knocked off then-No. 4 Cornell 18-17 in Ithaca, N.Y.

No. 7 Maryland 25, Northern Iowa 9
125 - Terrence Young (UNI) dec. James Knox, 7-2 (0-3)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) major dec. Joey Lazor, 19-7 (4-3)
141 - No. 8 Alex Krom (MD) major dec. Chalie Ettelson, 11-3 (8-3)
149 - Brett Robbins (UNI) dec. Jon Kohler, 8-6 (8-6)
157 - Kyle John (MD) major dec. Tyson Reiner, 15-4 (12-6)
165 - No. 17 Josh Asper (MD) major dec. David Bonin, 12-1 (16-6)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (MD) dec. Jarion Beets, 9-3 (19-6)
184 - Corey Peltier (MD) dec. Andy O'Laughlin, 5-4 (22-6)
197 - No. 4 Hudson Taylor (MD) dec. Dustin Bauman, 5-0 (25-6)
285 - Christian Brantley (UNI) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 2-1 (25-9)

No. 2 Iowa State 26, No. 7 Maryland 6
125 - No. 5 Andrew Long (Iowa State) dec. Pat Strizki 10-3 (3-0)
{Unsportsman like penalty on Andrew Long (Iowa State) -1 point} (2-0)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) dec. No. 8 Nicholas Fanthorpe, 3-2 (2-3)
141 - Dalton Jensen (Iowa State) pinfall over No. 8 Alex Krom, 5:19 (8-3)
149 - No. 10 Mitch Mueller (Iowa State) dec. Jon Kohler 11-4 (11-3)
157 - Andrew Sorenson (Iowa State) dec. Kyle John 6-3 (14-3)
165 - No. 3 Jonathan Reader (Iowa State) dec. No. 17 Josh Asper 8-3 (17-3)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (MD) dec. No. 4 Ryan Duke Burk, 5-3 (17-6)
184 - No. 11 Jerome Ward (Iowa State) dec. Corey Peltier 7-5 (20-6)
197 - No. 1 Jake Varner (Iowa State) dec. No. 4 Hudson Taylor 5-4 (23-6)
285 - Kyle Simonson (Iowa State) dec. Patrick Gilmore 4-1 (26-6)

No. 7 Maryland 31, Buffalo 7
125 - James Knox (MD) dec. Dan Bishop, 10-5 (3-0)
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell (MD) major dec. No. 20 Kevin Smith, 10-0 (7-0)
141 - No. 8 Alex Krom (MD) major dec. Lemual Schutt, 10-2 (11-0)
149 - No. 20 Desmond Green (Buffalo) major dec. Jon Kohler, 16-7 (11-4)
157 - Kyle John (MD) major dec. Andrew Stella, 9-1 (15-4)
165 - No. 17 Josh Asper (MD) dec. John-Martin Cannon, 3-1 (18-4)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (MD) major dec. Brian Sheehan, 18-7 (22-4)
184 - Corey Peltier (MD) dec. Josh Peters Buffalo, 4-0 (25-4)
197 - No. 4 Hudson Taylor (MD) wins by forfeit (31-4)
285 - James Hamel (Buffalo) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 5-3 (31-7)

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