Terrapin senior Jaron Smith forces his opponent back during Maryland’s second win of the day following a 20-19 win over Campbell University. (Angela Roberts/The Left Bench)

Maryland wrestling wins big against George Mason

The Maryland wrestling team (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) secured an undefeated double-header with its 28-9 victory over George Mason (1-1, 0-0 EWL) at home. The Terps dominated in their second match 28-9, following a tie with Campbell that was decided by a single pin.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Cray began the competition for the Terps, facing off against Ibrahim Banduka, a redshirt senior for George Mason. There was evenly matched play throughout the bout, with points going back and forth for both teams. Eventually, Cray edged out Banduka 7-6 for the win, his second of the day.

“It was a close match against a talented kid, but he was able to do what he needed to do and score, so it was good for him,” head coach Kerry McCoy said.

It was a tough day for redshirt freshman Michael Doetsch, who went 0-2 this weekend after a lost to George Mason’s Jose Tapia, but Coach McCoy expects this young talent to bounce back quickly.

“He didn’t respond as well as he liked, but it’s going to go into the memory books and help him get a little better,” McCoy said.

The Terps then went on to win the next seven bouts, only losing the last bout by forfeit.

Redshirt junior and No. 14 in the nation Ryan Diehl came up big for the Terps today, defeating Tejon Anthony of George Mason by a score of 12-8. Diehl will hopes to channel his success from today into the Terps’ next opponent, Stanford.

“I learned to adapt through the match, and when things aren’t working, I don’t get on myself too much,” Diehl said.

Another standout performer from today is true freshman Kyle Cochran, going 2-0 in his home wrestling debut. After winning his first match of the day against Campbell, Cochran carried that momentum to his bout against George Mason’s Creed Lumpp. Though Lumpp scored a few points from escapes, Cochran dominated the bout with seven takedowns, contributing to his 14-9 win.

“Cochran showed out. He’s got a lot of potential for this team, so I’m excited to see what he does,” Cray said of his teammate.

Due to the Terps’ substantial lead, there were several other Terps who had the chance to compete and gain more experience. Redshirt junior Patrick Gerish dominated his bout against George Mason’s Brendan May, giving the Terps a 16-3 lead over the Patriots.

Redshirt freshman Spencer Woods finished the match for the Terps, defeating George Mason redshirt junior Austin Harrison 7-5 in a close bout, but ultimately widening the lead for the Terps.

The Terps forfeited the last bout and ended the dual with a 28-9 win over George Mason, giving them enough confidence to face the rest of their schedule.

“Our guys had to fight in every single situation. We’d be up by six points and they come back and get a takedown,” McCoy said. “It was good for our guys to fight through and come up with two wins today.”

The Terps will travel to Stanford to face off Saturday Nov. 18, and will return home to compete with Iowa in Big Ten play Dec. 11.