The Maryland wrestling team wrapped up a packed weekend of wrestling with two dual meet wins against Harvard and Brown on Sunday, after falling to Navy on Friday. The Terps also found success at the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic hosted by Millersville University on Saturday.
The Terps (4-7, 0-6) began their string of competition on Friday with a tough non-conference dual with No. 23 Navy (5-1, 2-1) in which they suffered a 29-10 loss. Despite the loss as a whole, there were several Terps who were able to secure wins.
Leading off for the Terps in the 125-pound weight class, redshirt freshman Brandon Cray defeated Aslan Kilic by a 10-9 decision. Kilic held the lead for the first two periods, but Cray came to life in the third period to earn a takedown and a two-point near fall that gave him a lead. Despite a reversal by Kilic that tied the score with 23 seconds left, Cray countered with an escape and edged out Kilic for the win.
The Terps had little success against the Midshipmen until redshirt junior Alfred Bannister took the mat. In his 149-pound weight class, Bannister took on senior captain Corey Wilding. The two wrestlers both earned early escapes, but the bout headed to overtime. In the sudden victory overtime period, Bannister captured the win with a takedown on Wilding.
Junior Youssif Hemida, ranked at No. 6 in the nation for heavyweights, leads the Terps in total wins and displayed his dominance in his matchup with senior Austin Faunce. Hemida was the first to score in the match, and eventually won the bout 12-4 by major decision.
Though Maryland could not come up with a win over Navy, three Terps placed while competing at Shorty Hitchcock on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Idris White earned the highest placing for the Terps with his fourth place finish in the 165-pound bracket.
White was victorious in six of his seven matches, including two by way of fall and one by major decision.
In his first time placing at a tournament in his collegiate career, freshman Garrett Burnham earned seventh place following his four wins in the consolation bracket.
Redshirt freshman Michael Doetsch finished his tournament run in fifth place, his first placing of the season. Doetsch’s fifth place run began with an impressive 15-0 technical fall win over Brandon Ramos of Old Dominion and ended with a medical forfeit by Franklin and Marshall’s Paddy Quinlan.
Looking to bounce back from their Friday dual meet loss to the Midshipmen, the Terps showed up ready to compete when they travelled to Harvard (2-0, 1-0) and Brown (0-3, 0-1) on Sunday.
Cray earned his second win of the weekend with a 4-0 victory over Harvard’s Matthew Rodriguez, getting the ball rolling for the Terps.
After a loss in the 133-pound weight class, the Terps responded with three consecutive victories. Ryan Diehl secured a victory in the 141-pound weight class with a 9-6 decision win over Harvard’s AJ Jaffe by opening the match with a takedown and a four-point near fall.
Bannister helped widen the Terps lead with a win by fall in the second period, and freshman Kyle Cochran won in impressive fashion with an 18-2 technical fall win, the first of his career.
Heading into the battle at heavyweight, Harvard had built a 22-17 lead, leaving it up to Hemida to decide the match. Hemida forced his opponent, Angus Cowell, into several stalling violations and was originally awarded a win by majority decision. That majority decision win was not enough to give the Terps a win over Harvard.
However, upon review, the multiple stalls by Cowell should have resulted in a disqualification for Cowell, and therefore gave the Terps the six points they needed to defeat the Crimson, 23-22.
After a short trip to Brown, Cray got the momentum going for the Terps when he capped an undefeated weekend with a 9-5 win by decision over Trey Keeley at 125.
Redshirt senior Jhared Simmons picked up another win for Maryland in the 133-pound weight class to build their lead to 9-0 over Brown. In the bout at 141, redshirt freshman Peter Tedesco earned a 3-2 win by decision over Jimmy Pawelski – his first-career dual meet victory.
Bannister put the Terps ahead 15-0 with his 9-6 win over Zach Krause in the battle for the 149-pound weight class, but the Bears strung together five consecutive wins to take a 16-15 lead before the heavyweight matchup.
Though Hemida only needed a decision win to give his team the edge, he tallied six takedowns and won by majority decision over Evan Ellis to beat the Bears 19-16. The win gave Hemida his 20th win of the season.
The Terps will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 21 when they host the two-time defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Penn State.
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