Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, January 23

Jan. 23, 2010

No. 7 Maryland Breezes By NC State, Duke
Following a disappointing loss to Navy less than 24 hours ago, the seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team wasted little time in showing its mettle against conference foes North Carolina State and Duke. In front of 814 fans at Comcast Pavilion, the Terrapins downed the Wolfpack 30-10 and handed Duke a 32-9 defeat to improve to 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

The Terps (15-4), whose last home loss was on Jan. 11, 2009, won seven out of 10 matches against both NC State (5-8) and Duke (2-4) to extend their winning streak at Comcast Pavilion to eight matches. Maryland was led by six wrestlers - Mookie Golden, Kyle John, No. 15 Josh Asper, Corey Peltier, No. 3 Hudson Taylor and Patrick Gilmore - who all went 2-0 on the day.

Early on, the Terps looked like they would cruise to a win against NC State, as James Knox (125 pounds) and Golden (133) took major decisions in the first two matches of the day. 

Tech downs Cavs once again, 19-16
The 14th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held on late to beat 16th-ranked Virginia 19-16 Saturday afternoon in front of a near-capacity and rowdy crowd at Memorial Gym. The win was the second of the year and fourth-straight over the in-state rivals and moved the Hokies to 14-3 overall, 2-0 in the ACC. Virginia fell to 13-4, 1-1 in the league.

The match started at 141 pounds with ninth-ranked Chris Diaz picking up a tough 4-3 win over Derek Valenti, followed by freshman Brian Stephens earning four team points with a 15-6 major decision over back-up Dave Ebbott at 149 pounds. Jesse Dong, ranked fourth in the country, took care of business at 157 pounds by defeating Shawn Harris 9-3. Dong scored an early first-period takedown and racked up 3:55 of riding time in the win. Harris was coming off a win over No. 6 Thomas Scotton of UNC just last night. Matt Epperly made it 13-0 with a 5-2 decision over Pat Riley at 165 pounds. Epperly broke a two-all tie with an escape and late takedown in the third period.

After Tech forfeited at 174 pounds, Tommy Spellman won the rubber match against Mike Salopek at 184 pounds, beating him 3-1. After a scoreless first period, Spellman broke the deadlock with a takedown midway through the second period. Salopek picked up a point after Spellman's second warning in the second period, but Spellman finished with exactly one minute of riding time to gain that point and win 3-1. The two had split a pair of previous matches this year. 

No. 16 Wahoos' Rally Falls Just Short in 19-16 Loss to No. 14 Hokies
The Virginia wrestling team, ranked 16th nationally, nearly dug itself out of an early 13-point hole before falling short in a 19-16 loss to No. 14 Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in front of a near-capacity crowd at Memorial Gymnasium. The tightly-contested match featured five bouts decided by three points or fewer.

Jack Danilkowicz (Sr., Green Oaks, Ill.), Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.), Brent Jones (Sr., Burke, Va.) and Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.) each notched victories for Virginia (13-4, 1-1 ACC), who wrestled without their normal starters at 149 and 157 pounds.

The match started at 141 pounds, as 10th-ranked Chris Diaz of Virginia Tech earned a 4-3 win over UVa's Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.). Diaz scored early takedowns in the first two periods, but had to hold on Valenti rode him for the entire third period.

Blue Devils Drop Pair of Bouts
Duke University senior Voris Tejada posted a pair of wins at 174 pounds to lead the Blue Devil wrestling team in a pair of tough dual matches at No. 7 Maryland and at American University. Duke fell to Maryland 32-9 in the day's opening match and finished the day off with a 38-7 setback to the Eagles.

Tejada was Duke's lone double winner on the weekend as the Blue Devils fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in ACC action.

The match against Maryland started at 125 pounds with Duke sophomore Peter Terrezza giving the Blue Devils the early advantage as he posted a 10-4 decision over Pat Strizki. The win was Terrezza's 12th of the season and pushes his ACC record to 2-1 overall. 

NC State Drops Two In Swing Through Maryland
Red-hit Navy won nine bouts Saturday night and defeated NC State 38-3 in a dual match at Annapolis, Md. Earlier in the day, the Wolfpack wrestled Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at College Park and fell to the Terrapins 30-10.

Sophomore 149-pounder Bobby Ward was the only Wolfpack wrestler to win both of his matches. He defeated Navy's Glenn Shober 7-3 for NC State's lone victory against the Midshipmen. Ward improved to 22-6 for the season. He is 16-3 at 149 and ranked 22nd nationally.

Navy, just beginning the dual portion of its schedule, improved to 3-1 in dual bouts. The Wolfpack dropped to 5-9. 

North Carolina falls to Navy, 21-15 ... Coming Soon