Dec. 2, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 24 Maryland wrestling team proved to be too much in its home opener against Lehigh on December 2 at Comcast Pavilion, winning 25-9 in front of a capacity crowd of over 1,000. The Terrapins won seven of the 10 matches with redshirt sophomore Hudson Taylor recording his eighth pin of the season.
The dual started at 184 pounds with Lehigh opening with a decision, but Taylor quickly turned the tables when he pinned Alex Iacocca in the second period to make it 6-3 in favor of the Terps. Taylor dominated the entire match with an early first period takedown and then riding Iacocca the rest of the way. In the second, Taylor chose neutral, scored the takedown 45 seconds in, and then recorded the fall. It was Taylor's fourth win in a row by way of fall.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Gilmore added to the lead in the next match at heavyweight by coming away with a 3-2 decision. Gilmore got on the board first with an early takedown but Justin Allen managed to escape to make it 2-1 after the first period. Allen chose down to start the second and escaped again to tie it. Neither wrestler could score a takedown the rest of the period but in the third, Gilmore chose down and escaped in 22 seconds to hang on for the win.
Redshirt sophomore Brendan Byrne dominated Mitch Berger at 125 pounds, recording 10 takedowns in his match to win by major decision, 24-10. Classmate Stephen Bell then came up with another decision at 133 to give the Terps a 16-3 lead heading into the break.
Jeff Santo scored the second win of the day for Lehigh with a decision at 141 pounds, but freshman Eric Medina regained those points with a 5-3 decision win against Trevor Chinn. With the score tied 2-2 in the second period, Chinn had Medina's leg and looked like he was about to record a go-ahead takedown. Medina defended well and then turned it into a takedown of his own to take a 4-2 lead. Chinn escaped to get a point and made it 4-3 heading into the third. Medina started down and escaped early to take the 5-3 lead. Then with a minute left, Chinn had Medina's leg again and looked for the takedown again, but Medina avoided and hung on for the victory.
Freshman Brian Letters followed suit with an 8-2 decision at 157 pounds to clinch the match for Maryland at 22-6. He scored three takedowns and allowed just two escapes for the win.
Sophomore Mike Letts finished off the dual with a 6-3 decision against Alex Caruso at 174 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Letts chose down and recorded an escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. Caruso escaped before time expired in the second to make it 3-1. Caruso then pulled within one when he chose down and escaped early in the third, but Letts scored the clinching takedown with 1:25 to take the win.
Maryland (5-3) will host a pair of duals on Saturday, December 8 at Comcast Pavilion. The Terps take on Rider at noon before hosting Rutgers at 2:00 p.m.
MARYLAND 25, LEHIGH 9
184 - No. 14 David Craig (LU) dec. No. 20 Josh Haines, 7-4 (0-3)
197 - No. 11 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over Alex Iacocca, 4:31 (6-3)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. Justin Allen, 3-2 (9-3)
125 - Brendan Byrne (MD) major dec. Mitch Berger, 24-10 (13-3)
133 - No. 17 Stephen Bell (MD) dec. Kevin Vinh, 8-2 (16-3)
141 - Jeff Santo (LU) dec. Jon Kohler, 8-6 (16-6)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) dec. Trevor Chinn, 5-3 (19-6)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Dave Nakasone, 8-2 (22-6)
165 - Mike Galante (LU) dec. Mike McGill, 8-3 (22-9)
174 - No. 7 Mike Letts (MD) dec. Alex Caruso, 6-3 (25-9)