Terrapin junior Adam Whitesell pins down Campbell’s Benjamin Barton in Maryland’s home opener on Sunday, Nov. 12. (Emily Morina/ The Left Bench)

Maryland wrestling defeats Campbell in home opener

The Maryland wrestling squad (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) earned their first win of the season after defeating the Campbell Fighting Camels (1-2, 0-1 SoCon)—the first of their two matches of the day. The match ended in a 19-19 draw but the Terps won based on criteria, as they were the only team to earn a pin in the match.

The first bout of the day gave the Terps an early lead after Maryland redshirt freshman Brandon Cray defeated Campbell freshman Korban Meink. The 125-pound weight class matchup was even for a majority of the time. The first two points for the Terps came from a takedown by Cray, who was declared the winner with a final score of 4-1.

“I like starting the team off on the right note, and you can’t start off better than a pin, so I got us rolling in the right direction early and we just took off from there,” Cray said.

The Terps’ redshirt freshman Michael Doetsch was unable to establish offense against Campbell’s Nathan Boston, losing by a score of 17-3 and letting the Fighting Camels come within one point.

Terps’ redshirt junior Ryan Diehl, No. 14 in the nation, was up next in the 141-pound weight class, facing off against Campbell’s Luke Stewart. Both showed energy on offense, but Diehl ultimately overpowered Stewart to gain the 7-1 win by decision, giving the Terps a 9-5 lead.

“First match started off slow but then it worked out in my way,” Diehl said. “I just had to keep wrestling.”

Redshirt junior Adam Whitesell fell to Campbell sophomore Benjamin Barton in three periods, but the Terps bounced right back with a 6-1 win by true freshman Kyle Cochran over Campbell sophomore Austin Kraisser in the 157-pound weight class matchup, with Cochran securing his win with a takedown late in the third period.

The Terps suffered a 18-3 loss in the 165 matchup of Maryland’s Brendan Burnham and Campbell’s Quentin Perez, with Perez dominating offensively, including two near falls.

Maryland redshirt sophomore Josh Ugalde became the star of the show last week against Rutgers when he defeated Jordan Pagano of Rutgers, who is ranked No. 16 in the nation. The story did not unfold in the same fashion today for Ugalde, as he fell to Campbell’s Andrew Morgan 6-4 in three periods.

The Terps picked up another victory with redshirt sophomore Jaron Smith’s 10-3 win over Luke Funck, but the following bout resulted in a 6-2 win for Campbell after controversy and several challenges by head coach Kerry McCoy and Campbell’s head coach, Cary Kolat.

Trailing 16-19, the Terps needed a big performance by No. 13 Youssif Hemida in the 285-pound weight class match up to save their hopes of victory.

Hemida and his opponent, No. 18 Jere Heino, spent most of the bout in a lockup up top. Hemida earned two takedowns, compared to Heino’s single escape, and would have earned three if they weren’t stripped by a reversal challenge.

Hemida earned the 5-2 win for the Terps, matching the Fighting Campbell’s 19 overall points and forcing the official to give the match to Maryland based on pin criteria.

The Terps won on pin criteria, earning their first win of the season in their home-opener. This was only the Terps’ first match of the day, before defeating George Mason directly after.

“It’s been a long time since we won a duel meet, going 2-0 on the weekend feels really good,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “We had to really work hard.”

The Terps will travel to Stanford for their next match on Saturday Nov. 18 and will not return home until Dec 10 when they take on Iowa in a Big Ten conference matchup.