CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland wrestling team came up just short in its upset bid in Charlottesville, falling to No. 13 Virginia, 16-15, at Memorial Gymnasium Friday night.
Shyheim Brown and Tyler Goodwin came up big for the Terps (5-8, 1-3 ACC) in the early going, but the Cavaliers (14-3, 3-1 ACC) were able to rack up five wins before staving off a Maryland run at the higher weight classes.
Virginia jumped out to an early advantage behind Nick Herrmann, who defeated Billy Rappo by a 5-1 decision. Goodwin then tied the score for the Terps. The freshman started fast and finished strong in a 12-6 win.
Brown broke his three-match losing streak to put the Terps in front, upsetting No. 15 Joe Spisak. Gus Sako would then start a Virginia run that would last until 165 pounds, rolling past Frank Goodwin, 8-3.
Danny Orem was able to take No. 15 Blaise Butler to overtime before falling 7-6. At 165 pounds, No. 2 Nick Sulzer picked up an enormously important bonus point for Virginia, beating Ben Dorsay by major decision.
After starting his season 2-0, Ty Snook finally fell at 174 pounds. No. 17 Stephen Doty closed well to defeat the Terrapin senior, 8-2.
No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock got the Terps back in the win column, using a third period takedown to edge past Jon Fausey, 3-2. Needing to get at least one bonus point in its final two matches to tie the score. Maryland almost got it from No. 8 Christian Boley. The New York native had Zach Nye on his back late in the third period, but was unable to obtain the fall. Boley settled for a 6-1 win.
The job was left up to No. 6 Spencer Myers, who was able to win his match, but not put the Terps level or ahead in the dual. The junior defeated Ethan Hayes, 4-3.
The Terps return home for their next match against Duke on Feb. 8. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. from Comcast Pavilion.
No. 13 Virginia 16, Maryland 15125: Nick Herrmann (UVa) dec. Billy Rappo (UMD) 5-1; UVa 3-0
133: Tyler Goodwin (UMD) dec. Joe Martinez (UVa) 12-6; 3-3
141: Shyheim Brown (UMD) dec. Joe Spisak (UVa) 5-3; UMD 6-3
149: Gus Sako (UVa) dec. Frank Goodwin (UMD) 8-3; 6-6
157: Blaise Butler (UVa) dec Danny Orem (UMD) 7-6 (TB1); UVa 9-6
165: Nick Sulzer (UVa) major dec. Ben Dorsay (UMD) 18-5; UVa 13-6
174: Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Ty Snook (UMD) 9-2; UVa 16-6
184: Jimmy Sheptock (UMD) dec. Jonathon Fausey (UVa) 3-2; UVa 16-9
174: Christian Boley (UMD) dec. Zach Nye (UVa) 6-1; UVa 16-12
184: Spencer Myers (UMD) dec. Ethan Hayes (UVa) 4-3; UVa 16-15