Nov. 24, 2007
TROY, N.Y. - Down 16-6 with three matches to go against No. 5 Michigan, the Maryland wrestling team completed an improbable comeback to take down the Wolverines, 18-16, in its opening match at the Journeymen/BRUTE Northeast Duals. Redshirt junior Josh Haines took down the No. 3 ranked wrestler at 184 pounds, redshirt sophomore Hudson Taylor scored his first of three falls on the day, and redshirt freshman Patrick Gilmore completed the run to steal the win. The Terrapins went on to beat Appalachian State, 31-7, before losing to No. 9 Central Michigan.
The Terps were down 16-6 after seven matches against the Wolverines with redshirt sophomores Brendan Byrne and Stephen Bell opening the dual with a pair of decisions. Michigan's powerful lineup, which featured three wrestlers ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes, rattled off five straight wins to take the commanding lead. Maryland's wrestlers kept the damage to a minimum though, allowing four decisions and one major.
Haines, who pinned No. 16 Eric Chine last weekend, ended the Michigan streak with a stunning upset of Todd. After a scoreless first period, Haines rode out Todd to accumulate 2:00 of riding time. In the third, Haines scored an escape and a takedown. Todd's only point came on a stalling penalty to Haines.
Taylor recorded his fifth pin of the season, and most important one to date, in the first period against Anthony Biondo to pull the Terps within one, 16-15, with just the heavyweights to go.
Gilmore and his opponent, Matthew Guhn, went back and forth with Gilmore almost recording a pin at the end of the first and second periods. Gilmore began to pull away though with a 14-11 advantage and then closed the match out with an escape and a takedown to give Maryland one of its biggest wins in program history.
Freshman Eric Medina scored the most impressive win of the dual against Appalachian State as he recorded an 11-2 major decision against senior Scott Ervin, ranked No. 5 in the nation at 149 pounds. Medina's upset tied the team score, 7-7, and started a seven-match win streak to give Maryland the easy 31-7 victory.
Both Taylor and sophomore Mike Letts recorded falls in their respective matches against the Mountaineers.
Taylor picked up his third pin of the day when he ousted Vincenzo DiDona of Central Michigan. It was the Terps' only win against the Chippewas in a 36-6 setback.
Maryland (4-3) will host its first action of the season at Comcast Pavilion when Lehigh visits College Park on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.
MARYLAND 18, MICHIGAN 16
125 - Brendan Byrne dec. Mike Watts, 5-2 (3-0)
133 - No. 16 Stephen Bell (MD) dec. Chris Diehl, 5-2 (6-0)
141 - Kellen Russell (MI) dec. Jon Kohler, 8-3, (6-3)
149 - No. 2 Joshua Churella (MI) dec. Eric Medina, 8-2 (6-6)
157 - No. 17 Jeff Marsh (MI) dec. Brian Letters, 2-0 (6-9)
165 - No. 2 Eric Tannenbaum (MI) major dec. Mike McGill, 10-2 (6-13)
174 - No. 4 Steve Luke (MI) dec. No. 7 Mike Letts, 9-5 (6-16)
184 - Josh Haines (MD) dec. No. 3 Tyrel Todd, 4-1 (9-16)
197 - No. 11 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over Anthony Biondo, 2:41 (15-16)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. Matthew Guhn, 17-11 (18-16)
MARYLAND 31, APPALACHIAN STATE 7
125 - Frank Celorrio (ASU) dec. Brendan Byrne, 7-5 (0-3)
133 - No. 16 Stephen Bell (MD) dec. Terreyl Williams, 8-6 (3-3)
141 - Marcus Cox (ASU) major dec. Jon Kohler, 20-11 (3-7)
149 - Eric Medina (MD) major dec. No. 5 Scott Ervin, 11-2 (7-7)
157 - Brian Letters (MD) dec. Edward Hutchinson, 7-1 (10-7)
165 - Mike McGill (MD) dec. Tommy Hutchinson, 5-2 (13-7)
174 - No. 7 Mike Letts (MD) fall over Antionne Jones, 1:04 (19-7)
184 - Josh Haines (MD) dec. Austin Trotman, 9-7 (22-7)
197 - No. 11 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over John Griswold, 4:01 (28-7)
HWT - Patrick Gilmore (MD) dec. Jared Campbell, 5-0 (31-7)
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 36, MARYLAND 6
125 - No. 13 Luke Smith (CMU) dec. Brendan Byrne, 3-2 (0-3)
133 - Conor Beebe (CMU) dec. No. 16 Stephen Bell, 3-2 (0-6)
141 - Eric Kruger (CMU) tech. fall Jon Kohler, 19-3 (0-11)
149 - Brandon Carter (CMU) dec. Eric Medina, 10-3 (0-14)
157 - Tyler Grayson (CMU) dec. Brian Letters, 6-2 (0-17)
165 - No. 18 Trevor Stewert (CMU) major dec. Mike McGill, 11-3 (0-21)
174 - No. 5 Brandon Sinnott (CMU) dec. No. 7 Mike Letts, 3-1 (0-24)
184 - No. 7 Christian Sinnott (CMU) inj. Default Josh Haines (0-30)
197 - No. 11 Hudson Taylor (MD) fall over Vincenzo DiDona (6-30)
HWT - Hafeez Qureshi (CMU) wins by forfeit (6-36)