Indiana opens Wilkinson Hall with victory over Maryland

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- The Indiana wrestling team opened their new arena, Wilkinson Hall in dramatic fashion, with a 36-3 victory over Maryland on Sunday.

Key Moments
• Jake Kleimola started the match off with a victory at 197 pounds to put the Hoosiers up 3-0 in the dual.
• Paul Konrath and Kyle Luigs posted major decision at 133 and 141 to send the Hoosiers into the intermission with a 14-3 edge in the match.
• Fernie Silva earned a 6-4 decision over #18 Alfred Bannister to put Indiana up 17-3. Silva Siva trailed 4-3 in the match, but got a takedown late in the second period to go up 5-4.
• Jake Danishek got a pin 30 seconds into the third period to put the Hoosiers up 23-3.

• The Hoosiers improve to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten play. Maryland drops to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
• Indiana earned bonus points in four bouts, with three major decision and a pin.
• Bryce Martin secured his 14th victory of the season with an 8-4 decision and improved to 7-4 in dual matches this season
• The pin for senior Jake Danishek was his fifth this season and 13th of his career. Danishek got his 14th win of the season.
• The Hoosiers hosted an alumni day and had 30 alums back for the match.

Up Next
Up next the Hoosiers travel to West Lafayette for a match against Purdue on Friday Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

IU Head Coach Angel Escobedo
"I thought it was a great dual. The fans, the atmosphere, it was everything we could ask for. Our guys fed off the energy and attacked. It was a dominating performance. It is great to get a Big Ten win. In this conference those wins are hard to come by. To see our guys feed off that energy was special to see."

197: Jake Kleimola (IU) dec. Niko Cappello (Maryland) 3-0 (IU 3, Maryland 0)
285: #6 Youssiff Hemida (Maryland) dec. Fletcher Miller (IU) 8-3 (IU 3, Maryland 3)
125: Liam Cronin (IU) dec. Brandon Cray (Maryland) 9-5 (IU 6, Maryland 3)
133: Paul Konrath (IU) maj. dec. Orion Anderson (Maryland) 13-3 (IU 10, Maryland 3)
141: Kyle Luigs (IU) maj. dec. Michael Doetsch (Maryland) 13-4 (IU 14, Maryland 3)
149: Fernie Silva (IU) dec. #18 Alfred Bannister (Maryland) 6-4 (IU 17, Maryland 3)
157: Jake Danishek (IU) Fall Adam Whitesell (Maryland) 5:30 (IU 23, Maryland 3)
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Phillip Spadafora (Maryland) 8-4 (IU 26, Maryland 3)
174: Jacob Covaciu (IU) forfeit (IU 32, Maryland 3)
184: Norman Conley (IU) maj. dec. Kyle Jasenski (Maryland) 12-2 (IU 36, Maryland 3)


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