WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The 17th-ranked Maryland wrestling team (5-2) got two pins and two major decisions to edge American, 23-21, Sunday evening at Bender Arena.
For the seventh straight season, the Terps defeated the Eagles in ‘The Battle of the Beltway.' The Terps were led by No. 16 Christian Boley (197) and TJ Guidice (157), who each picked up a fall, and No. 14 Geoffrey Alexander (133) and No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock (184), who earned major decisions. The bonus points proved vital as the Eagles scrambled to get a pin in the final match of the night at 141.
At 184, Sheptock took to the mat following consecutive pins by the Eagles, which gave American a 15-6 advantage. Needing bonus points, Sheptock went right to work. The Northampton, Pa., native took the Eagles' Thomas Barreiro to the mat four times in the first period to seize control of the match. Sheptock added seven more takedowns to earn a 21-7 major decision.
Following intermission, Boley gave the Terps a one-point advantage with a pin of American's Devon Bradley. Boley quickly took Bradley to the mat for two points and finished the match at the 1:38 mark.
American regained the lead at 285 after Blake Herrin defeated Dallas Brown, 5-2. But the Eagles' advantage was short-lived. Shane Gentry delivered an 8-4 decision over David Terao at 125 setting the stage for Alexander's vital victory.
Leading by one point and seeking to seal the win with a pin, Alexander attacked the Eagles' Esteban Gomez-Rivera scoring a takedown and a 3-point near fall in the opening period. Alexander added a takedown in the second and third periods to earn a 13-2 major decision.
In the final match of the night at 141, the Terps needed to avoid a pin to secure the victory. The Eagles' John Boyle could only deliver a 5-0 decision as Maryland extended its winning streak in the annual rivalry.
Maryland received an important victory at 157 from Guidice. After surrendering a takedown to Mark Cirello, Guidice was able to get Cirello on his back and close the match out at 2:51. The victory gave the Terps an early 6-3 lead.
149: Kevin Tao (AU) dec. Lou Mascola (MD), 4-2 (0-3)
157: TJ Guidice (MD) fall over Mark Cirello (AU), 2:51 (6-3)
165: Phillip Barreiro (AU) fall over Josh Snook (MD), 5:45 (6-9)
174: Keithen Cast (AU) fall over Aaron Norris (MD), 4:47 (6-15)
184: No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) maj. dec. Thomas Barreiro (AU), 21-7 (10-15)
197: No. 16 Christian Boley (MD) fall over Devon Bradley (AU), 1:38 (16-15)
285: Blake Herrin (AU) dec. Dallas Brown (MD), 5-2 (16-18)
125: No. 14 Shane Gentry (MD) dec. David Terao (AU), 8-4 (19-18)
133: No. 14 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) maj. dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 13-2 (23-18)