No. 7 Wrestling Defeats North Carolina

Dec. 4, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team avenged last season's regular season loss to North Carolina by opening conference play with a 41-0 victory over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Friday night.

Maryland (6-1, 1-0 ACC) dominated from the beginning, winning all ten matches.

"It feels good to win this way after they beat us last year," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We're doing the right things and continuing to work hard to get better and put ourselves in the position we need to be in."

On paper, the Terps looked to have the advantage in the early matches while the Tar Heels looked to hold an edge in the middle weights. Maryland opened by getting major decisions in each of the first two matches before No. 11 Alex Krom went to overtime to defeat Mike Rappo. Maryland held an 11-0 lead going into the matchup at 149 pounds, Jon Kohler widened the lead for Maryland by taking a 10-8 decision over No. 12 Nick Stabile. Kyle John followed that up at 157 with a major decision over No. 12 Thomas Scotton, putting Maryland completely in control.

Josh Asper (165) and Corey Peltier (184) both got close wins, while No. 6 Mike Letts (174) earned an 18-3 technical fall over Thomas Ferguson.

No. 3 Hudson Taylor recorded the 69th pin of his career, tying Jake Stork's school record. The senior from Pennington, N.J., is now 12-0 on the season, winning 10 of those matches by pin.

Maryland is back in action on Sunday as a number of Terps travel to State College, Pa., to compete in the Penn State Open.

No. 7 Maryland 41, North Carolina 0
125- James Knox (MD) major dec. Brian Bokoski, 13-3 (MD 4-0)
133- No. 8 Steven Bell (MD) major dec. Jeremy Shaw, 12-4 (MD 8-0)
141- No. 11 Alex Krom (MD) dec. Mike Rappo, 6-4 (OT) (MD 11-0)
149- Jon Kohler (MD) dec. No. 12 Nick Stabile, 10-8 (MD 14-0)
157- Kyle John (MD) major dec. No. 12 Thomas Scotton , 9-0 (MD 18-0)
165- Josh Asper (MD) dec. Kyle Kiss 4-2 (MD 21-0)
174- No. 6 Mike Letts (MD) tech. fall Thomas Ferguson, 18-3 (MD 26-0)
184- Corey Peltier (MD) dec. Nick Tenpenny 5-2 (MD 29-0)
197- No. 3 Hudson Taylor (MD) pins No. 11 Dennis Drury 4:24 (MD 35-0)
HWT- No. 20 Patrick Gilmore (MD) wins by forfeit, (MD 41-0)