College Park, Md. -- Mason's final dual match of the season came down to the last match of the evening between the Patriots and Terps inside XFINITY Center Pavillion.
With the Patriots down two points, 16-14, Alex Madrigal delivered Mason's only major decision tonight with a 9-0 win over Maryland's Hunter Baxter at 141 pounds to edge Maryland, 18-16. The Patriots finish the season 9-9, matching last season's win total. The Terps drop to 2-16.
Mason's win broke Maryland's four-match win streak against the Patriots. The Green and Gold last defeated the Terps by a narrow margin, 17-16, at College Park on Nov. 9, 2014.
Mason earned three straight decisions to jump ahead 9-0 in the match, which began at 149 pounds. Colston DiBlasi defeated the Terps' Ryan Garlitz, 5-0, to improve to 27-8 this season. Kolby Ho (157) matched his win total from last season with his 22nd win. At 165, Mason redshirt sophomore Neil Schuster notched his 20th win this season and is 4-0 since coming back from missing six weeks due to injury.
Maryland took its' first lead, 11-8, after nationally-ranked Jaron smith earned a technical fall over the Patriots' Ramses Montalvo in the 197 match.
The match was tied, 11-11, after the freshman Jake Slinger won the heavyweight match-up versus UM's Parker Robinson with a 6-1 decision. A win for Maryland at 125 dropped the Patriots back to a five-point deficit, 16-11.
At 133, freshman Josh Jones cut the Terps' lead to 16-14 with a narrow 2-0 decision against King Sandoval. Jones Improved to 16-11.
Several wrestlers will travel to Lock Haven to wrestle in the Mat-Town Open II Tournament on Sunday.
125 | Brandon Cray (UM) fall over Talha Farooq (Mason), Fall (0:56), UM leads 16-11
133 | Josh Jones (Mason) over King Sandoval (UM), Dec. 2-0, UM leads 16-14
141 | #26 Alex Madrigal (Mason) major decision over Hunter Baxter (UM), 9-0; Mason wins 18-16
149 | #19 Colston DiBlasi (Mason) over Ryan Garlitz (UM), Dec., 5-0; Mason leads 3-0
157 | Kolby Ho (Mason) Lucas Cordio (UM), Dec., 11-7; Mason leads 6-0
165 | Neil Schuster (Mason) Kyle Cochran (UM), Dec., 2-1; Mason leads 9-0
174 | Josh Ugalde (UM) over Tony Lombardo (Mason), Dec., 8-3; Mason leads 8-3*
184 | Philip Spadafora (UM) over Paul Pierce (Mason), Dec., 4-2; Mason leads 8-6
197 | Jaron Smith (UM) technical fall over Ramses Montalvo (Mason), TF 23-7; UM leads 11-8
285 | Jake Slinger (Mason) over Parker Robinson (UM), Dec., 6-1; Match tied 11-11
*Point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct