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Maryland wrestling looks to end dual meet drought against No. 15 Pitt

By Duncan Irvine

Maryland wrestling will look to pick up their first win of the season against No. 15 Pitt on the road on Monday night.

Maryland enters this matchup coming off a 24-9 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers. The Terps are still searching for their first dual meet victory since February of 2020.

Maryland lost the first six individual bouts of its last match and was unable to recover from its slow start. At 125 pounds, Zach Spence fell to Patrick McCormick by a score of 6-3. King Sandoval took on 16th ranked Brian McCourtney at 133 pounds. He kept it close for the first two periods, but ultimately lost 4-2.

Danny Bertoni represented the Terps at 141 pounds where he fell 9-0 to Dylan Cedeno. Will Berkowitz lost via technical fall to UVA’s Jarod Verkleeren in the second period. 157 pounds saw Maryland’s Lucas Cordilo take on Virginia’s John Errico. Errico got off to a quick 11-1 lead, but Cordilo was able to close the gap slightly, only losing 14-6.

31st ranked John Martin Best entered his fight against 19th ranked Justin McCoy looking to capitalize off a second-place finish at the Clarion Open. McCoy outclassed him, winning 9-4. Dom Solis got things rolling for the Terps when he defeated Justin Phillips at 174 pounds. 

His 5-2 victory had the crowd rolling as the Terps looked to change the tide.

His victory spurred on Kyle Cochran and Jaron Smith who defeated Michael Battista and Ethan Weatherspoon at 184 and 197 pounds respectively. However, Zach Schrader, coming off a first place finish at the Clarion Open, fell to Quentin Miller to close out the night.

Maryland will be looking to improve on their missed opportunities from the last meet. There was a focus on just winning this week at practice, which the Terps will look to do against a top-15 opponent.

The Pitt Panthers enter this matchup with a 2-1 record. After making an appearance at the same Clarion Open that the Terps did, they defeated Buffalo 21-12 and Edinboro 28-20.

On Sunday night, the Panthers were upset by the Lehigh Mountain Hawks by the score of 26-9. Lehigh jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Pitt’s Cole Matthews picked up a win at 141 pounds. 

The Mountain Hawks won the next four fights, which was enough to secure the victory. Pitt will enter this matchup looking to rebound from a surprising loss. 

The last time these teams met was on December 20th, 2019, in College Park. The Panthers were ranked tenth at the time and defeated the Terps by a score of 27-10.

Monday night is a strong opportunity for Maryland to upset a ranked opponent and begin to turn things around.

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