Nov. 29, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team is ranked 24th in the country in the latest USA Today/InterMat/NWCA Division I Team Rankings, released November 27. The recognition comes after beating No. 5 Michigan on Saturday, 18-16, in the biggest win in school history. This is the first time the Terrapins have been ranked since 1993 when they were as high as No. 20.
In addition to the team ranking, four different individuals are ranked among the top 20 in their respective weight classes. Redshirt sophomore Stephen Bell is ranked No. 17 in the nation at 133 pounds, sophomore Mike Letts comes in at No. 7 at 174 pounds, redshirt junior Josh Haines enters the rankings at No. 20 at 184, and redshirt sophomore Hudson Taylor is No. 11 at 197 pounds.
Last Saturday at the Journeymen/BRUTE Northeast Duals, the Terps came from behind to beat the No. 5 Wolverines. The Terps were down 16-6 after seven matches with redshirt sophomores Brendan Byrne and Bell opening the dual with a pair of decisions. Michigan's powerful lineup, which featured three wrestlers ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes, rattled off five straight wins to take the commanding lead. Maryland's wrestlers kept the damage to a minimum though, allowing four decisions and one major.
Haines ended the Michigan streak with a stunning upset of Tyrel Todd, ranked No. 3 in the nation at 184 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Haines rode out Todd to accumulate 2:00 of riding time. In the third, Haines scored an escape and a takedown. Todd's only point came on a stalling penalty issued to Haines.
Taylor recorded his fifth pin of the season, and most important one to date, in the first period against Anthony Biondo to pull the Terps within one, 16-15, with just the heavyweights to go.
Gilmore and his opponent, Matthew Guhn, went back and forth with Gilmore almost recording a pin at the end of the first and second periods. Gilmore began to pull away though with a 14-11 advantage and then closed the match out with an escape and a takedown to give Maryland one of its biggest wins in program history.
Maryland (4-3) will open its home schedule on Sunday, December 2 when Lehigh visits Comcast Pavilion at 2:00 p.m.