Pin by Taylor Pushes Terps Past Lehigh, 25-9
Alex Iacocca pushes on Hudson Taylor's face to resist a pin during Maryland's 25-9 win over Lehigh in their home opener at Comcast Pavilion in College Park MD on December 2, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapin wrestling team played it's home opener this afternoon at Comcast Pavilion in front of a capacity crowd of over 1,000.  The Terps took it to the Lehigh Mount Hawks and won the dual 25-9.

The dual opened with a matchup in the 184 pound position between David Craig and Terrapin Josh Haines.  The 7-4 decision favored the Mountain Hawks and the Terps fell to an early 0-3 deficit.

Up next was a 197 pound match between Hudson Taylor from the Terps and Alex Iacocca.  Taylor dominated the entire match after scoring a takedown in the first period and riding Iacocca through the second. As the second period started Hudson chose neutral and made the takedown 45 seconds in.  The takedown led to a pin and 6 points and put the Terps up 6-3.  It was Taylor's fourth win in a row by way of a pin.

Maryland extended their lead to 9-3 with a decision in the heavyweight category that favored Patrick Gilmore over Justin Allen 3-2.  Gilmore struck first with an early 2 point takedown, but Allen responded with an escape to make it 2-1.  Allen elected to start the second half down and escaped, knotting the score at 2-2.  In the third period Gilmore chose down and escaped with 22 seconds remaining to take a 3-2 lead.
 
Brendan Byrne won a major decision against Mitch Berger by a score of 24-10 in the 125 pound position.  Byrne dominated Berger for all 3 periods and tallied 10 takedowns during his match.  Byrne's major decision put the Terps up 13-3 in the dual.

Stephen Bell squared off with former Terrapin Kevin Vinh to round out the first half of the dual.  Bell defeated Vinh by an 8-2 decision, and the Terps went into the locker room with a comfortable 16-3 lead.

The Terps dropped the 141 pound match after the break on an 8-6 decision against Jon Kohler.  Eric Medina recovered the 3 points in his decision over Trevor Chin 5-3.  The Medina vs Chin matchup was tight with both players scoring takedowns and escapes.  Down the stretch Chinn had Medina's leg and threatened the 5-3 lead with a takedown, but Medina hung on for the victory.  Medina's resilence gave the Terps a 19-6 lead over the Mountain Hawks and the momentum.

Brian Letters and Dave Nakasone squared up in the 157 pound position and won by a solid 8-2 decision.  Nakasone's win clinched the dual by putting Maryland up 22-6.

Mike Galante and Mike McGill faced each other in the 165 pound position and Terrapin McGill won a solid 8-3 decision.  Mike Letts rounded out the night with a 6-3 decision over Alex Caruso in the 174 pound spot.

The Terps won the dual by a final score of 25-9.  Maryland awaits Rider and Rutgers next weekend at noon and 2pm at Comcast Pavilion.