#13 Terps Top #15 Hokies
Jan. 8, 2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Second-ranked Josh Asper defeated seventh-ranked Peter Yates and 13th-ranked Kyle John recorded his team-high sixth fall as No. 13 Maryland topped No. 15 Virginia Tech, 25-10, to improve to 10-0 Sunday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
After the Hokies claimed seven points from the first three matches, the Terps won six consecutive matches to secure a conference victory in Maryland’s ACC opener.
“The guys wrestled with the right attitude and the results showed,” said head coach Kerry McCoy. “It’s great to keep rolling and get our first conference win.”
Virginia Tech led 7-6 after the opening four matches, but John altered the momentum of the dual with a third period pin. The Coopersburg, Pa., native drove Matt Stephens to the mat and after several attempts was able to lock Stephens’ shoulders to the mat for the one count with 10 seconds remaining in the match.
“Kyle [John] getting the pin really opened things up,” said McCoy. “He has been a huge factor in our success and this weekend is a tribute to that.”
Following John’s victory, Asper took the mat against Yates in a highly anticipated matchup. After surrendering an early takedown, Asper responded with an escape and a takedown late in the first period. Asper dominated riding time in the second period and went on to win a 5-4 decision.
The Terps will have a little time off before returning to the mat against Navy in Annapolis on Friday, Jan. 20.
125: No. 20 Shane Gentry (MD) dec. Erik Spjut (VT), 6-3 (3-0)
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