Jan. 24, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 21 Maryland wrestling team hosts a pair of ACC duals on Saturday, January 26 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Comcast Pavilion. The action begins with 2007 ACC Champion NC State (6-5-1, 1-0 ACC) and then is followed by Duke (6-6, 0-2 ACC) at 4:00 p.m. It is Armed Forces Night at the match as the Terrapins (10-3, 2-0 ACC) will honor those who serve for the United States.
The dual against the Wolfpack will be the first time the two have met since last year when Maryland pulled off a stunning comeback at Reynolds Coliseum on January 27. The Terps were down 18-9 with just three matches to go, but sophomore Hudson Taylor got the ball rolling for Maryland when he beat No. 13 Ryan Goodman, 5-4, to make it 18-12. At heavyweight, Jerry Afari pulled off a shocker when he beat No. 5 Jainor Palma, 11-5, to pull the Terps within three. In the final match, junior James Knox pinned Taylor Cummings to give Maryland the 21-18 win.
This year, NC State boasts three wrestlers in the top 20 of their respective weight classes. Joe Caramanica (21-4) is ranked No. 7 at 141 pounds while Darrion Caldwell (22-3) is No. 10 at 149. Ryan Goodman entered the rankings this week at No. 20 at 184 pounds.
Goodman will face Terps junior Josh Haines who is ranked No. 17 in the nation at 184 pounds. Goodman enters the match with a 13-4 record while Haines stands at 13-5.
NC State has not lost a dual since November 24 to Iowa. The Wolfpack is 5-0-1 in its last six outings with its last three contests coming on the road. NC State is 1-0 in the conference after beating Duke 27-10 on January 9.
Duke has won five of its last seven duals after starting the season 0-4. In their two ACC contests, the Blue Devils have lost to NC State and at North Carolina, 32-6, last weekend. The Terps handled Duke last year in Durham, 27-13.
Maryland's three ranked wrestlers all won in their last outing against Virginia Tech last Saturday. Sophomore Mike Letts, ranked No. 9 at 174 pounds, won by major decision against No. 20 Eric Decker. It was the seventh ranked opponent Letts has faced this year. He has now won nine of his last 11 matches with two of those victories coming against ranked foes.
Haines earned a decision at 184 pounds against Tommy Spellman and has now won eight of his last nine outings while Taylor, ranked No. 7 at 197, pinned yet another opponent for his 14th fall this season.
Taylor continued his dominance of ACC opponents when he pinned Kevin O'Connor in the first period. It was his fourth time facing a wrestler from the ACC this year and the fourth time he has won by pin. In his last two seasons, Taylor has gone 12-2 against other wrestlers in the conference with nine of those victories coming by fall. His last four wins, and five of his last six, have come by fall.
He is tied for seventh in the entire country with 14 falls, including every weight class at every division. He is tied with the Wolfpack's Caldwell for the most pins in the ACC and that number is also tied for the fifth most in all of Division I.
Probable Matchups vs. NC State (Maryland listed first)
125 - Brendan Byrne vs. Taylor Cummings
133 - Steven Bell vs. Darius Little
141 - Jon Kohler vs. No. 7 Joe Caramanica
149 - Eric Medina vs. No. 10 Darrion Caldwell
157 - Brian Letters vs. Colton Palmer
165 - Ryan Kennett vs. Jalil Dozier
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts vs. Randy Goodman
184 - No. 17 Josh Haines vs. No. 20 Ryan Goodman
197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor vs. Mark Jahad
HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. Bobby Isola
Probable Matchups vs. Duke
125 - Brendan Byrne vs. Kellan McKeon
133 - Steven Bell vs. Bryan Gibson
141 - Jon Kohler vs. A.J. Guardado or Spencer Jasper
149 - Eric Medina vs. Mike Bell or Michael Degli Obizzi
157 - Brian Letters vs. Voris Tejada
165 - Ryan Kennett vs. Addison Nuding or Aaron Glover
174 - No. 9 Mike Letts vs. Ben Wales or Turner Rooney
184 - No. 17 Josh Haines vs. John Barone
197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor vs. Dan Tulley or Dan Fox
HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. Mike Tunick