Wrestling Cruises To Win Over George Mason

Jan. 29, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. - The 10th-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team earned its 16th win of the season Friday night, dominating George Mason by winning nine of 10 matches en route to a 35-6 victory.

Maryland won the first six matches of the meet to take a 21-0 lead before George Mason was able to get on the board, as the Terps cruised to their seventh win in the last eight tries. At 16-4 on the season, Maryland is one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. The Terps went 17-6 in 1990 and 17-5 in 2007.

"I feel good about how the guys wrestled and the results we got," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "They didn't make it easy for us, but what I'm really happy about is our guys scored a lot of points and really fought hard. We want guys to push the pace and score a lot of points and that's what they did."

Pat Strizki got Maryland out to a good start, taking an 8-4 decision over Brian Wright at 125 pounds. The Terps then got major decisions in the next two matches. No. 11 Steven Bell got a 12-4 major decision over Denny Herndon and Matt Bogusz took a 12-3 major over Jaaziah Bethea at 141 pounds, as Maryland took an 11-0 lead.

George Mason looked like they would win the match at 149 pounds as Brandon Bucher took a 7-0 lead over Jon Kohler with just over a minute left in the first period. But Kohler fought all the way back and won the match 11-9.

"We're never out of a match," said McCoy. "Jon could have rolled over, but he kept fighting and got the win, and that was a real spark for us. That's exactly the type of effort I'm looking for."

Kyle John kept the Terps rolling with an 11-5 decision over Aaron Keeton at 157 pounds, and No. 15 Josh Asper increased Maryland's lead to 21-0 with a 15-4 major decision at 165 pounds.

Owen Smith fell to Mendbagana Tovuujav at 174 pounds, but the Terps won the final three matches in a contest that was never in doubt. Corey Peltier took a 10-3 decision at 184 pounds, No. 3 Hudson Taylor won by forfeit and Patrick Gilmore capped off the evening with a 15-0 technical fall in the heavyweight match.

Maryland returns home on Saturday, Feb. 6, to take on No. 19 Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., the first of three straight home matches. The Terps also host American on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. before finishing their home schedule against Hofstra on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

No. 10 Maryland 35 George Mason 6
125 - Pat Strizki (Maryland) dec. Brian Wright, 8-4 (3-0)
133 - No. 11 Steven Bell (Maryland) major dec. Denny Herndon, 12-4 (7-0)
141 - Matt Bogusz (Maryland) major dec. Jaaziah Bethea, 12-3 (11-0)
149 - Jon Kohler (Maryland) dec. Brandon Bucher, 11-9 (14-0)
157 - Kyle John (Maryland) dec. Aaron Keeton, 11-5 (17-0)
165 - No. 15 Josh Asper (Maryland) major dec. Ty Knepp, 15-4 (21-0)
174 - Mendbagana Tovuujav (Mason) fall Owen Smith, 4:30 (21-6)
184 - Corey Peltier (Maryland) dec. Andrew Rock, 10-3 (24-6)
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor (Maryland) wins by forfeit (30-6)
285 - Patrick Gilmore (Maryland) tech. fall Hunter Manspile, 15-0, 5:58 (35-6)