In their third consecutive top-10 matchup, the Terps fell to a conference opponent, this time by a score of 34-4 to the Michigan Wolverines.
The No.4 ranked Wolverines beat Maryland in dominating fashion on Friday night with a number of big wins throughout the match. Five of Michigan’s wrestlers are ranked in their respective weight classes, four of which are in the top-10.
In the shutout, No.1 ranked Stevan Micic pinned his opponent Orion Anderson within two minutes of the first period to break open Michigan’s lead in the second match of the night. Teammate Logan Massa, ranked No.7, also ended things early in his match where he earned a technical fall in the third period.
“[Micic’s] an elite wrestler.” said Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy. “He’s not just one of the best wrestlers in his weight class, he’s one of the best wrestlers in all weight classes.”
The Terps won their first individual match in three matches, and they won in a big way. Red-shirt junior Josh Ugalde came out firing in his match against Reese Hughes and never let up as time progressed. In his major decision win, Ugalde earns his second Big Ten victory of the year, with his first coming by way of pin.
“We go out here to do, we go out here to win, we go out here to dominate,” said Ugalde.
Some upside for the young Terps squad came with their losses. Sophomore Danny Bertoni squared off against No.6 ranked Kanen Storr in the 141 lb. match, and managed to earn a takedown in the third period. In a close-fought battle, Storr pulled away with a 7-2 victory.
Senior captain Alfred Bannister returned to the lineup for Maryland after missing the last two matches over the weekend. After trailing for the entirety of the match, Bannister fired back late in the third to make things interesting. The crowd roared on their feet as the senior tied the match with one second remaining in the last period. His opponent, Malik Amine, finished with the 11-9 victory after riding time was added.
A top-10 matchup in the heavyweight brought Maryland’s No.9 Youssif Hemida and Michigan’s No.7 Mason Parris to the mat. Parris started things early with a takedown to give him the early 2-0 lead. With another takedown as time expired in the third, Parris won 6-2. This is Hemida’s fourth consecutive loss.
“He’s doing everything he needs to do.” said McCoy. “It’s been rough on him.”
The Terps now fall to 0-11 on the season, 0-8 in Big Ten play. Their next match is an out-of-conference road battle against George Mason on Sunday at 12 pm.