The Terps were outlasted in their match on Saturday against the Badgers of Wisconsin. An overpowering performance led Wisconsin to a 30-9 victory, earning them their second Big Ten win of the season, seventh overall.
With several big wins throughout the dual, the Badgers were able to pull away early, not looking back after dropping the first match. In the 133 lb. battle, redshirt-senior Jens Lantz pinned Maryland’s Orion Anderson in the second period, giving his team the lead that it kept for the remainder of the day.
Alongside Lantz’s impressive performance were a number of his teammates, several ranked nationally in their respective weight classes.
No. 9 Tristan Moran in the 141 weight class earned his 20th victory of the season with a 13-4 major decision over Danny Bertoni. This was Bertoni’s first conference match of the year. Cole Martin, ranked No. 20, electrified the mat with a last second takedown over Terps captain Alfred Bannister in the third period of the 149 lb. match, earning him a 4-3 victory.
For Maryland, it was a day of firsts. Redshirt-freshman Brandon Cray earned his first B1G win of the year, defeating Ethan Rotondo, who entered Saturday with a 15-5 record. With a huge first period, Cray kept the energy up throughout the remainder of the dual to pick up the win.
“Always keep trying to score those points,” said Cray. “I was trying to get at least a major for my team. Just doing it for my team.”
Josh Ugalde also picked up his first conference win of the year, by way of pin in the second period. The redshirt-junior out of Bound Brook, NJ caused roars from the crowd as he took down Pat Spray in the 174 lb. match.
“I go into every match with the same attitude, hoping to win, hoping to dominate, hoping to do the best I can,” said Ugalde. “My mindset is to relax and be calm out there. I put in a lot of work and I train hard to go out there and to show what I work towards.”
It was battle of ranked heavyweights in the last match of the day. No.11 Trent Hillger took down No. 6 Youssif Hemida for the Badgers with a score of 5-2. This was Hemida’s first Big Ten loss of the year, bringing his record to 5-1 in conference play.
After the loss, the Terps fall to 0-8 on the year, 0-4 in B1G play. They will hit the road to face two ranked opponents, first at Iowa on Friday, and then a quick turnaround on Sunday where they face the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
“Our mindset is not about the wins and losses, it’s about trying to get the best effort and the best performance that we can go,” said heach coach Kerry McCoy. “We’re training to get to the postseason… this is going to give you that preparation for the B1G quarters, B1G semis, the NCAA All-American round.”
Both matches can be viewed on BTN+($).