After a trying effort, Maryland dropped its first conference dual match of the season to the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night with a score of 10-28. It was the explosiveness of Purdue in the first period that fueled the Boilermakers to a victory.
With ranked wrestlers throughout the entire starting lineup, the Boilermakers outmatched the Terps in what was a big win in the B1G. By gaining early leads, Maryland failed to complete comebacks in the later periods as Purdue controlled the match from beginning to end.
One of the Terps’ victories came from senior captain Alfred Bannister in the 149 weight class. Bannister, picking up his first conference victory of the season, looked strong in his match against Purdue’s Parker Filius, earning a 12-3 major decision.
The captain has continued to lead this Maryland squad in what has been a slow start to the season, but his early success is promising as the Terps begin B1G play.
Another headline in the Terps’ lineup was the inclusion of heavyweight Youssif Hemida, ranked No. 8 nationally. The 285 lb. powerhouse came back with vengeance as he missed the team’s first three dual matches of the season. He defeated his opponent Jacob Aven by a score of 3-2.
A great sign for the Terps, their young wrestlers have struggled to put points on the board, meaning upperclassmen will have to continue to contribute more. With another one of their senior captains back in the lineup, the team becomes more dangerous.
Philip Spadafora also picked up a victory for the Terps, winning by a 3-1 decision in the 165 weight class against Purdue’s Cole Wysocki.
For the Boilermakers, big victories were the key to their success. Within the first two matches of the night, No. 19 ranked redshirt-sophomore Devin Schroder picked up a major decision, followed by a technical fall from Ben Thornton, giving Purdue an early 9-0 lead against the Terps.
No. 9 ranked Christian Brunner pinned his opponent Kyle Jasenski in the 197 lb. match to cap off a strong night for the Boilermakers.
With Purdue leading seven matches out of 10 after the first period, it became almost impossible for Maryland to fight back and earn late victories.
After the loss, the Terps fall to 0-4 on the season, 0-1 in B1G play. Their next opportunity for a first victory comes on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as Maryland travels to Bloomington to battle the Indiana Hoosiers. The match can be viewed on BTN Plus.