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    Indiana claims 22-19 victory over Maryland

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Indiana wrestling team began their weekend on the east coast with a Friday night dual meet against the Maryland Terrapins at the XFINITY Center Pavilion. The Hoosiers (9-6, 2-4) won 6-of-10 bouts to earn a 22-19 victory over the Terrapins (2-12, 0-7).

    Three Hoosiers picked up bonus points in their matches. Jake Danishek (157) and Devin Skatzka (174) each won by major decision amidst Indiana's decisive 19-point swing. Nate Jackson (184) notched career win No. 97 with a five-minute technical fall to remain unbeaten in dual meets this season.

    The meet began with a rematch from last year's dual at 125 lbs., Elijah Oliver against Michael Beck. Oliver's first period takedown proved decisive in a 3-2 decision victory.

    Maryland stretched out a 9-3 dual lead in the next two matches, forcing a pivotal matchup between Chris Perez (149) and Adam Whitesell. Perez held a 2-1 margin entering the final period, and a quick escape pushed him to a two-point cushion. Whitesell closed the gap with a takedown and held on to force sudden victory.

    Perez scored the takedown for a 5-3 sudden victory. It lifted Perez's Big Ten dual record to 5-1, and sparked a five-bout stretch of Indiana wins.

    Danishek followed in the next bout with his fifth major decision of the season, a 10-1 win over Danny Boychuck. The scoreboard was blank after five minutes of wrestling, but Danishek poured on two takedowns, four back points, an escape, and a riding time point in the final two minutes.

    Bryce Martin (165) kept the run going with his second consecutive dual win, 5-3, against Josh Ugalde. Martin utilized three stall points and a third period takedown to ward off Ugalde's riding time advantage. Skatzka followed that act with a thorough 16-4 major decision win, picking up nine points in the final period.

    Jackson added win No. 97 to his career record in dominating fashion with a 23-8 technical fall in just over five minutes. His first period went according to plan, scoring three takedowns with a ride-out to the buzzer. Jackson picked up in the second with four more takedowns and two back points, and closed the bout with four nearfall points and a takedown early in the third period.

    Indiana wins their second Big Ten dual meet, with both wins coming away from Bloomington. They are now 5-2 in opponents' gymnasiums this season.

    Results:
    125 #20 Elijah Oliver (11-4) dec. Michael Beck (5-10) 3-2 IU 3, UMD 0
    133 Billy Rappo (10-10) dec. Garrett Pepple (10-8) 7-2 IU 3, UMD 3
    141 Ryan Diehl (3-0) pinned Cole Weaver (8-13) 3:20 UMD 9, IU 3
    149 Chris Perez (9-5) dec. Adam Whitesell (21-12) SV-1 5-3 UMD 9, IU 6
    157 #20 Jake Danishek (18-8) maj. dec. Danny Boychuck (13-11) 10-1 IU 10, UMD 9
    165 Bryce Martin (14-5) dec. Josh Ugalde (5-9) 5-3 IU 13, UMD 9
    174 #17 Devin Skatzka (22-6) maj. dec. Idris White (5-15) 16-4 IU 17, UMD 9
    184 #6 Nate Jackson (25-2) tech. fall Sam Rowell (11-19) 24-8 IU 22, UMD 9
    197 David-Brian Whisler (14-8) maj. dec. Jake Hinz (12-10) 10-2 IU 22, UMD 13
    285 Youssif Hemida (14-8) pinned Fletcher Miller (7-15) 5:29 IU 22, UMD 19

    Up Next: Indiana (9-6, 2-4) at #13 Rutgers (10-3, 4-2)
    Sunday, February 5 @ 12 pm ET • BTN Plus • Tickets
    College Avenue Gymnasium • New Brunswick, N.J.


    The Hoosiers will wrap up the east coast weekend with a trip to the Garden State, facing off in a Sunday dual meet with No. 13 Rutgers. The meet will be just the fourth between the Hoosiers and Scarlet Knights in the all-time series, with Rutgers holding a 2-1 lead.

    Several tantalizing rematches appear on the probable bout card. Perez could meet Ken Theobold for their rubber match, as the grapplers split a pair of decisions in 2015. Skatzka could face Phil Bakuckas, a rematch from the 2015 Midlands Championships.

    Another anticipated match, although not a rematch, is the 184 lbs. bout between No. 6 Nate Jackson and No. 12 Nick Gravina. The match will have significant seeding implications on the upcoming Big Ten Championships.

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