The Hawkeyes of Iowa handled the Terps with ease in their matchup on Friday night by a score of 48-0. With eight of the 10 matches coming by way of major decision or better, Maryland had no hope of coming back on a tough night in the Carver Hawkeye Arena.
A highlight of the match tonight was something that was not present on the mat. Senior captain Alfred Bannister did not appear on the lineup card for the Terps, where he would have matched up against No.16 ranked Pat Lugo in the 149 lb. battle. Instead, red-shirt sophomore Pete Tedesco went out for Maryland, where he lost by technical fall in the second period. This was Tedesco’s first Big Ten match of the season.
There were many other large victories for the Hawkeyes throughout the night from a number of ranked wrestlers. Kaleb Young, the No. 7 157 pounder in the nation, won against Maryland’s Ryan Diehl 10-4. No .2 ranked Alex Marinelli came into his match with a perfect 16-0 on the year, and continued his dominance with a pin in the second period.
Mitch Bowman pinned Terp Josh Ugalde in the first period of the match. This followed Ugalde’s first dual win of the season, where he won on a pin during his last time on the mat. In the 197 lb. match, No. 5 ranked Jacob Warner defeated Niko Cappello by tech fall.
Reigning national champion Spencer Lee took no time in his match, pinning Brandon Cray 30 seconds into the first period. Following Lee’s win victory was another pin for the Hawkeyes, this time coming from Paul Glynn in the first period
The marquee matchup of the night came from the heavyweight battle in a top-10 showdown. Maryland’s Youssif Hemida, ranked eighth in the nation went up against Hawkeye Sam Stoll, ranked No.10. These two are familiar foes, and in their last matchup Hemida defeated Stoll 7-2 in the NCAA tournament.
The match went into the third period without a score on either side, but Stoll came away with the late victory in his home arena 1-0, after escaping in the third. Hemida has now dropped two matches in a row, his first losses of the season.
This is the first time of the season that Maryland failed to pick up a victory throughout a dual match. They still remain winless, now 0-9 on the year.
Maryland’s next match is yet another tough test in the powerhouse Big Ten conference when they travel to take on No.7 ranked Minnesota on Sunday. The match can be seen on BTN Plus.