Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, January 29

Jan. 29, 2010

Maryland Cruises To Win Over George Mason
The 10th-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team earned its 16th win of the season Friday night, dominating George Mason by winning nine of 10 matches en route to a 35-6 victory.

Maryland won the first six matches of the meet to take a 21-0 lead before George Mason was able to get on the board, as the Terps cruised to their seventh win in the last eight tries. At 16-4 on the season, Maryland is one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. The Terps went 17-6 in 1990 and 17-5 in 2007.

Pat Strizki got Maryland out to a good start, taking an 8-4 decision over Brian Wright at 125 pounds. The Terps then got major decisions in the next two matches. No. 11 Steven Bell got a 12-4 major decision over Denny Herndon and Matt Bogusz took a 12-3 major over Jaaziah Bethea at 141 pounds, as Maryland took an 11-0 lead.

No. 19 Virginia Wrestling Drops 25-12 Decision at Rutgers
The No. 19 Virginia wrestling team lost 25-12 to Rutgers Friday night in front of a large, raucous crowd at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.

Virginia (13-5) won at three weight classes. Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) earned the Cavaliers' biggest win of the day, picking up a pin against Trevor Melde at 141 pounds. Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.), ranked third nationally by InterMat, and No. 20 Mike Salopek (R-Fr., North Huntingdon, Pa.) also won by decision for the Cavaliers at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively. It marked the fewest wins by UVa in a dual this season.

In winning their 11th-consecutive match, the Scarlet Knights (15-4-1) got off to a good start with consecutive victories by decision, as Joseph Langel won 8-4 over UVa's Ross Gitomer (Sr., Flemington, N.J.) at 125 pounds and Billy Ashnault, ranked as high as No. 16 nationally, notched a 6-4 triumph over the Cavaliers' Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.) at 133 pounds. 

Hokies fall to No. 7 Chippewas, 21-17
Virginia Tech wrestling team put up a tremendous fight against the seventh-ranked Chippewas of Central Michigan, but a late lead was erased as CMU came back to beat the Hokies 21-17 Friday night in front of 961 fans at Cassell Coliseum. Tech got a pair of impressive upsets, but the Chippewas used bonus points in the last two matches to pull off the win.

Things got rolling at 125 pounds with a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers in No. 9 Matt Steintrager of CMU and Tech's 14th-ranked Jarrod Garnett. Steintrager dominated from the beginning, picking up a takedown in each of the first two periods en route to a 7-4 decision. Garnett's lone offensive score was a reversal picked up midway through the third period. Steintrager was docked for a pair of stall warnings, but it wasn't enough for Garnett as the Chippewas jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Central Michigan picked up bonus points at 133 pounds when ninth-ranked Scotti Sentes earned a major decision with a 13-0 victory over Brock LiVorio. At 141 pounds, 10th-ranked Chris Diaz of Tech used an early takedown and back points and then held off a late charge from Conor Beebe to win 7-4.