Wrestling ACCtion: Sunday, January 17

Jan. 17, 2010

No. 9 Maryland Goes 3-0 At Wendy's Duals
The ninth-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team went 3-0 Sunday at the Wendy's Duals in Ashland, Ohio, defeating Purdue, Ashland and No. 14 Kent State. The win against Kent State marked the fourth time this season Maryland (13-3) defeated a ranked opponent.

The Terps found themselves in a tight match against Purdue, holding a slim 13-10 lead heading into the match at 184 pounds. Corey Peltier extended Maryland's lead by taking a 2-1 decision over Nick Corpe, and No. 3 Hudson Taylor earned another close victory, 4-3 over No. 11 Logan Brown, to put the match out of reach. Patrick Gilmore defeated Adam Walls 6-0 in the heavyweight match to bring the final score to 22-10.

In the next match, Maryland easily dispatched an outmanned Ashland team. The Terps won nine of ten matches, four of them by pinfall, en route to a 45-6 victory. Matt Bogusz, Kyle John, Peltier and Taylor got pins for Maryland, while No. 10 Steven Bell won by a technical fall and No. 15 Josh Asper won by major decision.

Hokies roll to pair of non-conference victories
The Virginia Tech wrestling squad won 12 of 14 matches contested Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum, rolling to a pair of non-conference wins. The Hokies opened with a 34-15 victory over Gardner-Webb before downing UNC Greensboro, 29-15. In the opening match of the day, UNCG cruised to a 38-11 win over Gardner-Webb.

In Tech’s first match, 16th-ranked Jarrod Garnett picked up a forfeit win before Brock LiVorio made quick work of Brett Kostern at 133 pounds, pinning him in just 35 seconds. Ninth-ranked Chris Diaz dominated Morgan McDaniel with a 16-1 technical fall late in the second period. At 149 pounds, Brian Stephens used a late fury of takedowns to beat Ryan Medved 11-7. Taylor Knapp dropped a 6-3 decision to Alex Medved at 157 pounds before Matt Epperly picked up his own 16-1 technical fall at 165 pounds. Tech forfeited at 174 pounds to make it 25-9 and then 20th-ranked Tommy Spellman made quick work of Jonathan Velazquez, pinning him early in the first period. The Hokies’ Chris Penny picked up his first collegiate win with a 4-0 blanking of Travis Porter at 197 pounds and then Tech forfeited at heavyweight to end the dual match.

In the second match, Garnett struggled, but held on for a 9-6 win over Eric Chandler to start things off at 125 pounds. LiVorio picked up his second first-period pin of the day, sticking Casey Boyle with just eight seconds left in the stanza. Diaz used a pair of first-period nearfalls to down Ivan Lopouchanski 8-2 at 141 pounds. Stephens used three takedowns in the first period, four in the second and two more in the third to pick up an impressive 25-10 technical fall over Alejandro Soto-Perez. Taylor Knapp was the recipient of a forfeit win at 157 pounds and then Epperly picked up an 8-2 win over Victor Hojilla at 165 pounds. After Tech forfeited at 174 pounds, Spellman picked up a 6-2 win over Andrew Saunders. The action ended at 197 pounds with Penny falling to Ryan Sughrue and then the Hokies forfeited at heavyweight.

No. 18 Virginia Tops Penn, 28-9
The 18th-ranked Virginia wrestling team pushed its record to 12-3 with a 28-9 triumph at Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon at The Palestra in Philadelphia. Virginia won seven of the 10 weight classes to roll to the road win.

With 12 wins this season, Virginia already has topped its 2008-09 dual-match win total (11) and tied for the second-most dual wins in school history. The 1975 and 2003 teams also claimed 12 wins. The single-season school record for dual wins is 18, set in 2007-08.

UVa started strong when Ross Gitomer (Sr., Flemington, N.J.) pulled out a 6-5 decision over Penn's Mark Rappo at 125 pounds. After the Quakers' Bryan Ortenzio won by decision over UVa's Matt Cubillos (Fr., Schenectady, N.Y.) at 133, Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) got UVa back on the scoreboard with an 8-2 win over Zack Kemmerer at 141 pounds. 

NC State Falls At Ohio U., 33-7
With four starters injured and six freshmen in the lineup, NC State had a big hill to climb in its dual wrestling match Sunday at Ohio University. The Wolfpack never made it up the hill, losing eight of 10 bouts and falling to the Bobcats 33-7.

The match started ominously for NC State when sophomore 125-pounder Mike Moreno got hurt and defaulted two minutes into the opening bout. Ohio followed that up with major decisions at 133 and 141 to take a 14-0 lead in the team scoring before junior 149-pounder Bobby Ward got the Pack on the scoreboard with a 13-4 major over Josh Speelman.

Ward’s victory at 149 made it 14-4, but Ohio quickly added seven points with Clay Tucker’s 15-3 major over back-up Juan Stimpson and Kevin Christensen’s 5-2 decision over Ray Ward at 165. Quinton Godley scored the Wolfpack’s final three points with an 8-3 decision over Steve Wilson at 174, but that was it.