Nov. 20, 2009
ITHACA, N.Y. - The No. 10 University of Maryland wrestling team came up with one of the biggest victories in school history Friday night, coming back from a 17-9 deficit with only two matches left to knock off No. 4 Cornell 18-17.
After eight matches, the Terps trailed the Big Red by a margin of eight points, but two-time All-American Hudson Taylor, ranked No. 3 in the country, brought Maryland within two. Taylor recorded a takedown and a near fall in the first period to go ahead 4-0, and then closed the match in the second period. Going against fifth ranked Cam Simaz, Taylor recorded a crucial pinfall, giving the Terps six points to bring the team score to 17-15.
The deciding match came down to junior heavyweight Patrick Gilmore, who was taking on No. 12 Josh Arnone. Arnone got out to a 4-1 lead, and held it until the third period. There, Gilmore staged a comeback that would force the match into sudden victory overtime. He got an escape with 1:53 left to bring the score to 4-2. Then, with only three second left on the clock, Gilmore recorded a takedown to tie the match at four and force it to overtime. Gilmore recorded another takedown in extra time, giving him the 6-4 victory and Maryland the 18-17 win.
"This is huge for the program," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It's one of the highest-ranked teams that we've beaten in school history. It was a total team effort; everyone contributed to the win. It's just great for our team and great for our program. It's good to know where we are in November so that we can continue to build for the rest of the season."
Cornell was able to establish an early lead despite wrestling without defending NCAA champion Troy Nickerson at 125 pounds. Frank Perrelli, wrestling in his place, took a 4-1 decision over James Knox in the first match for a 3-0 Cornell lead. Knox was 7-0 on the season prior to the match.
No. 8 Steven Bell pulled Maryland even with a 4-3 decision over No. 6 Mike Grey at 133 pounds.
Cornell pulled back ahead at 141 as No. 8 Kyle Dake took an 8-3 decision over No. 4 Alex Krom. Krom held a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but a late flurry by Dake provided Cornell with a 6-3 lead going into the middle weights.
The Big Red widened their lead to 9-3 as Corey Manson knocked off Jon Kohler at 149, but Maryland would not go away.
Cornell took the next two matches to push their lead to 17-9, setting up the stunning comeback by the Terps.
No. 10 Maryland 18, No. 4 Cornell 17
125 - Frank Perrelli (CU) dec. James Knox, 4-1 (0-3)
133 - No. 8 Steven Bell (MD) dec. No. 6 Mike Grey, 4-3 (3-3)
141 - No. 8 Kyle Dake (CU) dec. No. 4 Alex Krom, 8-3 (3-6)
149 - Corey Manson (CU) dec. Jon Kohler, 9-3 (3-9)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. DJ Meagher, 4-1 (6-9)
165 - Josh Asper (MD) dec. John Basting, 8-6 (9-9)
174 - No. 2 Mack Lewnes (CU) technical fall over No. 4 Mike Letts, 18-3 (9-14)
184 - No. 20 Steve Bosak (CU) dec. Corey Peltier, 4-0 (17-9)
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over No. 5 Cam Simaz, 4:45 (15-17)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. (OT) No. 12 Josh Arnone, 6-4 (18-17)