Nov. 9, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Juniors Steven Bell and Hudson Taylor posted individual victories for the 17th-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team, but the Terrapins dropped a 21-15 decision in a highly-anticipated dual meet at Lehigh and former Maryland head coach Pat Santoro Sunday afternoon.
Lehigh's John McDonald got the Mountain Hawks (1-0) off to a good start, earning a high-scoring decision at 125 pounds against Brendan Byrne, 9-8.
The Terps (1-2-1) then posted back-to-back decisions to take a 6-3 lead. No. 12 Bell upended No. 20 Matt Fisk at 133 pounds, 7-2, and Alex Krom beat No. 20 Seth Ciasulli, 4-1, at 141 pounds.
The Mountain Hawks regained the lead with a decision from No. 15 Trevor Chinn over No. 14 Eric Medina, 8-6, before Kyle John posted his first win of the season at 157 pounds, knocking off Sean Bilodeau, 9-6, to give Maryland a 9-6 lead midway through the meet.
Unfortunately for Maryland, the second half of the meet belonged to Lehigh as the Mountain Hawks took four of five matches.
Lehigh's David Craig pinned Ryan Gray in 1:53 to double up the Terps, 18-9, with only two matches remaining.
No. 2 Taylor answered Craig, however, pinning Joe Kennedy in 4:30 to give the Terps a chance heading into the heavyweight bout, down three at 18-15.
Needing a decision to force a draw or a major decision or better to win, Patrick Gilmore came up just short, losing a 5-3 decision to Zach Rey to give the Mountain Hawks the 21-15 victory.
Maryland doesn't compete in another dual until the Northeast Duals November 29 in Guilderland, N.Y.
LEHIGH 21, No. 17 MARYLAND, 15
125 - John McDonald (LU) dec. Brendan Byrne, 9-8 (3-0)
133 - No. 12 Steven Bell (MD) dec. No. 20 Matt Fisk, 7-2 (3-3)
141 - Alex Krom (MD) dec. No. 20 Seth Ciasulli, 4-1 (3-6)
149 - No. 15 Trevor Chinn (LU) dec. No. 14 Eric Medina, 8-6 (6-6)
157 - Kyle John (MD) dec. Sean Bilodeau, 9-6 (6-9)
165 - Mike Galante (LU) dec. Brian Letters, 8-4 (9-9)
174 - No. 13 Alex Caruso (LU) dec. Corey Peltier, 5-3 (12-9)
184 - David Craig (LU) fall over Ryan Gray, 1:53 (18-9)
197 - No. 2 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over Joe Kennedy, 4:30 (18-15)
HWT - Zach Rey (LU) dec. Patrick Gilmore, 5-3 (21-15)