Maryland Wrestlers Roll Past NC State, 28-6

Jan. 13, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapin wrestling team opened the match with seven consecutive wins as the Terps defeated NC State, 28-6, Friday night at Comcast Pavilion. Eight Terps picked up wins on the night as the Terps handed the Wolfpack just their second loss of the season.

With the win, the Terps improved to 2-7 on the year and 1-0 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 6-2 and 0-1 in the ACC. The win was also the first for head coach Pat Santoro in the conference.

"We've been working hard and we know the potential is there," Santoro said. "We really fed off each other and kind of got things rolling. Momentum was huge and guys fought hard to produce a victory like this."

James Knox got Maryland started in the dual with a 5-2 win over Jeremy Hartrum at 125 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Knox started the second on top and managed to turn Hartrum to his back for three nearfall points. Knox was able to build his riding time in the process, and despite being penalized for stalling in the third period, won the bout 5-2.

Brendan Byrne's first period takedown stood up as the only offensive points of the match as he edged Garrett Cummings, 3-2, at 133 pounds. The Terps then extended their lead to 11-0 in the dual after Alex Krom controlled his bout with Jalil Dozier at 141 pounds. Krom pounced on Dozier early with a takedown that he nearly converted for a fall in the first minute of action. He added two more nearfall points in the first for a 7-0 lead. Krom continued to be in charge the rest of the way as he ended up amassing over four minutes of riding time on his way to a 15-0 technical fall.

Schlaffer kept Maryland on a roll with a 4-1 win over Joe Caramanica at 149 pounds, pushing the Terps' lead to 14-0. Leading 2-1 late in the match, Caramanica was on top trying to turn Schlaffer for the victory. However, as time was expiring, Schlaffer scored the reverse for the win.

Despite surrendering the first takedown of the match, Adam James scored two takedowns, two escapes and racked up over three minutes of riding time on his way to a 7-2 victory over Bryant Reams at 157 pounds. The win made the score 17-0 in favor of Maryland at the intermission.

The Terps kept rolling after the break as Adam DeCosmo earned a 7-4 decision over Obie Simpson. DeCosmo gave up a takedown in the first period, but countered with a reversal for a 2-2 first period. He then scored an escape and a takedown for the 5-2 lead heading into the final period. Simpson rallied in the third with a reversal, but DeCosmo managed the escape and earned the riding time point to preserve the victory.

Dominic Buckman made the score 23-0 with a 4-0 win over Rick Brownlee at 174 pounds. After a scoreless first, Buckman rode Brownlee out in the second. He then started the third period with an escape and notched a takedown with 18 seconds left for the win.

The Wolfpack finally got on the board in the 184-pound match as Jeremy Colbert edged Luke Stauffer, 4-3. Trailing 3-2 late in the third period, Colbert managed a takedown with 14 seconds left to take the victory.

The Terps got back on the winning track at 197 pounds as Jerry Afari picked up bonus points with his 23-7 technical fall over Josh Collins. Afari nearly scored the fall in the first period, but settled for a pair of three-point nearfall counts and two takedowns to take control of the bout. He scored six takedowns and two reversals and held nearly three minutes of riding time for his first technical fall of the season.

The Wolfpack's Jainor Palma closed the dual with a win as he defeated Bryan Reiss, 11-5. Trailing 5-2 in the third, Reiss rallied with a takedown, but Palma proved to be too much the rest of the way scoring two more takedowns in the period.

Maryland's win snapped a 14-match losing streak in ACC action. It was the Terps first win over a conference opponent since Feb. 9, 2002, over Duke.

Wt.  Name, Result                                               MD    NCSU
125: James Knox (MD) dec. Jeremy Hartrum (NCSU), 5-2            3      0
133: Brendan Byrne (MD) dec. Garrett Cummings (NCSU), 3-2       6      0
141: Alex Krom (MD) tech fall Jalil Dozier (NCSU), 15-0 (7:00)  11     0
149: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) dec. Joe Caramanica (NCSU), 4-1      14     0
157: Adam James (MD) dec. Bryant Reams (NCSU), 7-2              17     0
165: Adam DeCosmo (MD) dec. Obie Simpson (NCSU), 7-4            20     0
174: Dominic Buckman (MD) dec. Rick Brownlee (NCSU), 4-0        23     0
184: Jeremy Colbert (NCSU) dec. Luke Stuaffer (MD), 4-3         23     3
197: Jerry Afari (MD) tech fall Josh Collins (NCSU) 23-7 (6:37) 28     3
HWT: Jainor Palma (NCSU) dec. Bryan Reiss (MD), 11-5            28     6

Play-By Play
125 :: James Knox (MD) vs. Jeremy Hartrum (NCSU)
1st: No score.
2nd: NCSU starts down. N3 MD 1:08. E1 NCSU :32.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:35. C NCSU. S MD :42. S MD :22. P1 NCSU :22. Riding Time: MD 1:04

133 :: Brendan Byrne (MD) vs. Garrett Cummings (NCSU)
1st: T2 MD 2:37. E1 NCSU 1:55.
2nd: NCSU starts down. E1 NCSU 1:55.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:50. S MD :35.
Riding Time: N/A

141 :: Alex Krom (MD) vs. Jalil Dozier (NCSU)
1st: T2 MD 2:24. N3 MD 1:58. N2 MD 1:21.
2nd: Neutral start. T2 MD 1:01.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:30. T2 MD 1:19. N2 MD :15.
Riding Time: MD 4:04

149 :: Andrew Schlaffer (MD) vs. Joe Caramanica (NCSU)
1st: T2 MD :10.
2nd: NCSU starts down. E1 NCSU :43.
3rd: MD starts down. S MD 1:00. R2 MD :07.
Riding Time: N/A

157 :: Adam James (MD) vs. Bryant Reams (NCSU)
1st: T2 NCSU 1:10. E1 MD :52. T2 MD :26.
2nd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:57. T2 MD 1:23.
3rd: NCSU starts down. No score.
Riding Time: MD 3:28.

165 :: Adam DeCosmo (MD) vs. Obie Simpson (NCSU)
1st: T2 NCSU 1:04. R2 MD :25.
2nd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:53. T2 MD :55.
3rd: NCSU starts down. C MD 1:17. R2 NCSU 1:11. E1 MD :59.
Riding Time: MD 1:09.

174 :: Dominic Buckman (MD) vs. Rick Brownlee (NCSU)
1st: No score.
2nd: NCSU starts down. No score.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:50. T2 MD :18.
Riding Time: MD 2:10

184 :: Luke Stauffer (MD) vs. Jeremy Colbert (NCSU)
1st: T2 MD 1:48. E1 NCSU 1:21.
2nd: NCSU starts down. E1 NCSU 1:38.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:27. T2 NCSU :14.
Riding Time: N/A.

197 :: Jerry Afari (MD) vs. Josh Collins (NCSU)
1st: T2 MD 2:43. N3 MD 2:15. N3 MD 1:48. E1 NCSU 1:31. T2 MD :47. E1 NCSU :10.
2nd: Neutral start. T2 MD 1:24. R2 NCSU :42. R2 MD :24.
3rd: MD starts down. R2 MD 1:46. E1 NCSU 1:36. T2 MD 1:10. E1 NCSU 1:08. T2 MD :56. E1 NCSU :42. T2 MD :23.
Riding Time: MD 2:37.

HWT :: Bryan Reiss (MD) vs. Jainor Palma (NCSU)
1st: T2 NCSU 1:02. E1 MD :26.
2nd: NCSU starts down. E1 NCSU 1:53. T2 NCSU :36.
3rd: MD starts down. E1 MD 1:58. T2 MD 1:43. E1 NCSU 1:33. T2 NCSU :41. E1 MD :37. T2 NCSU :24.
Riding Time: NCSU 1:23

Key: T2 = Takedown; E1 = Escape; N3 = Three-point nearfall; N2 = Two-point nearfall; C = Caution; S = Stalling; P1 = Penalty point.