Wrestling Defeats Duke to Cap Perfect Saturday of ACC Action
Jan. 24, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Maryland wrestling team handled the Duke Blue Devils, 28-15, at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday evening, giving the Terrapins their second win on Tobacco Road on the day to improve to 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Maryland defeated NC State in Raleigh earlier in the day, 21-18. The Terps improved to 6-7-1 and 2-1 in the ACC with the pair of victories.
"It was definitely a good weekend for us," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy said. "This was key to get us back on a positive note in the ACC. Both teams wrestled tough today and came out fired up. We had to battle back late against NC State in a close match and against Duke we had to hold a big lead. It was good to see the team handle both situations well. I'm excited to get back to work and keep getting better as a team."
Brendan Byrne set the tone early for the Terps at 125 pounds, pinning Peter Tezzerra 40 seconds into the second period to put Maryland up 6-0 on Duke (5-3, 1-2 ACC).
Eighth-ranked Steven Bell picked up his second win of the day, taking a 14-4 major decision at 133 pounds against Jack Anderson. A medical forfeit at 141 pounds gave Maryland another six points and the Terps seemed well on their way to a big victory, leading 16-0.
However, the Blue Devils took four of the next five matchups, including a John Barone pin at 184 pounds to pull the Blue Devils within six, 21-15, with two matches remaining.
Fortunately for Maryland, No. 10 Hudson Taylor responded at 197 pounds, controlling Dan Tulley en route to a 10-0 major decision to seal the victory for Maryland.
Heavyweight Patrick Gilmore put the icing on the cake in the finale, winning 2-0 against Robert Holbrook.
Maryland returns home Friday with a dual against in-state rival Navy. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
MARYLAND 28, DUKE 15