Maryland picks up wins over Campbell, George Mason

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Redshirt freshman Brandon Cray picked up a pin on his way to two victories to lead the Maryland wrestling team (2-1, 0-1 B1G) to a pair of victories over Campbell (2-2, 0-1 SOCON) 20-19, and George Mason (1-2, 0-0 EWL) 28-9.

"I'm proud of the way we competed today," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "It had been a long time since we had this winning feeling, and it felt great to get back it back today. We saw some good things from a lot of our guys, and hopefully we use this momentum as we move forward the rest of the way."

Cray got Maryland's day off to a fast start, pinning Korbin Meink of Campbell to give Maryland an early 6-0 lead. It was Cray's first pin of the season and Maryland's first in a dual meet.

Redshirt freshman Michael Doetsh lost by tech. fall at 133, but Ryan Diehl answered for Maryland, picking up a 7-1 decision to give the Terps a 9-5 lead.

Maryland then lost at 149 pounds, but freshman Kyle Cochran earned his first dual victory with a 6-1 decision at 157 pounds.

Campbell then responded with two wins at 165 and 174, but redshirt sophomore Jaron Smith was able to even the score with a major decision at 184.

Niko Cappello fell, 6-2, at 197, and Maryland then turned to heavyweight Youssif Hemida, who needed at least a decision to send the match to a tiebreak.

Hemida clashed with Jere Heino in a Top-15 matchup, which Hemida was able to win with a crucial takedown in the final minute of the bout. Because of Cray's pin at 125 to open the match, Maryland received a bonus point and knocked off Campbell, 20-19.

The Terps then sqaured off with George Mason, and it was Cray again who got Maryland on the board with a 7-6 decision.

Mason then won at 133 but Maryland was able to rattle off seven consecutive victories, highlighted by Patrick Gerish's major decision win at 165 in his season debut. The Terps also had a major decision from Jaron Smith at 184, and a tech. fall from Josh Ugalde at 174.

The two wins match Maryland's total from the 2016-17 season, and the two home victories surpasses last season's home win total.

Maryland will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Stanford in Palo Alto, California.

Maryland vs. Campbell Results
125: Brandon Cray (MD) fall over Korbin Meink (CU), Fall: 2:25 (6-0 MD)
133: Nathan Boston (CU) tech. fall over Michael Doetsch (MD), 18-3 (6-5 MD)
141: Ryan Diehl (MD) dec. over Luke Stewart (CU), 7-1 (9-5 (MD)
149: Benjamin Barton (CU) dec. over Adam Whitesell (MD), 15-9 (9-8 (MD)
157: Kyle Cochran (MD) dec. over Austin Kraisser (CU), 6-1 (12-8 MD)
165: Quentin Perez (CU) tech. fall over Brendan Burnham (MD), 18-3 (13-12 CU)
174: Andrew Morgan (CU) dec. over Josh Ugalde (MD), 6-4 (16-12 CU)
184: Jaron Smith (MD) maj. dec. over Luke Funck (CU), 11-3 (16-16)
197: Austin McNeill (CU) dec. over Niko Cappello (MD), 6-2 (19-16 CU)
285: Youssif Hemida (MD) dec. over Jere Heino (CU), 5-2 (19-19)
Maryland wins 20-19 with a tiebreak for fall at 125.

Maryland vs. George Mason Results
125: Brandon Cray (MD) dec. over Ibrahim Banduka (GMU), 7-6 (3-0 MD)
133: Jose Tapia (GMU) dec. over Michael Doetsch (MD), 7-2 (3-3)
141: Ryan Diehl (UMD) dec. over Tejon Anthony (GMU), 12-8 (6-3 MD)
149: Adam Whitesell (UMD) dec. over Matthew Raines (GMU), 5-3 (9-3 MD)
157: Kyle Cochran (UMD) dec. over Creed Lumpp (GM), 15-9 (12-3 MD)
165: Patrick Gerish (UMD) maj. dec. over Brendan May (GMU), 14-5 (16-3 MD)
174: Josh Ugalde (UMD) tech. fall over Daniel Mika (GM), 18-0 (21-3 MD)
184: Jaron Smith (UMD) maj. dec. over Philip Stolfi (GMU), 11-3 (25-3 MD)
197: Spencer Woods (UMD) dec. over Austin Harrison (GMU), 7-5 (28-3 MD)
285: Matthew Voss (GMU) forfeit over Youssif Hemida (UMD), (28-9 MD)


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