Maryland Tangles With Rutgers And Walks Away 39-4
Terrapin Brendan Byrne defeated Ryan Fikslin by a major decision (17-5) during the Terrapins 39-4 win over Rutgers in Comcast Pavilion in College Park MD on December 8, 2007. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a solid win over Rider earlier in the day The Terrapins took on regional New Jersey Challenger Rutgers in the Comcast Pavilion.  The Scarlet Knights, along with first year Head Coach Scott Goodale, came into the match heavy in the loss category having dropped their opening duals 37-0 and 24-13.

The #23 ranked Terrapins made quick work of Rutgers, and jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead that came off a major decision in the 125 pound weight class.  The energetic Brendan Byrne scored a 17-5 major decision against competitor Ryan Sikslin.  Earlier in the day Byrne scored a fall in his match against Rider wrestler Mitch Fenton.

Steven Bell also scored a major decision in the 133 pound weight class.  His 14-4 win over Paul Grogan put the Terps up 8-0.

Scarlet Knight Steve Adamcsik (ranked 19th in the 141 pound class) took on Terrapin Jon Kohler and soundly defeated him with a 15-1 major decision.  Kohler's loss cut the Terps lead to 8-4, but Medina was able to get those points back with his 10-2 major decision over Spencer Kent.

Brian Letters from Maryland and Chris Norell from Rutgers wrestled in the 149 pound weight class and took the match into overtime.  Letters knotched an early takedown in the first period and rode Norell for the remainder of the first period.  Letters chose down to start the period and reversed the hold to gain a 4-0 lead.  Norell managed to score his own reverse as well as a two-point near-fall that tied the match at 4 a piece.  Norell started the third down and escaped to earn a 5-4 advantage, but his escape occurred with a mere 52 seconds left, which gave Letters the bonus point and the overtime.  Just 19 seconds into the first overtime Letters scored a takedown for the win.
Terrapin Mike McGill worked Matt Rigoglioso in the 165 pound weight class.  McGill won by a 4-1 decision to give the Terps an 18-4 lead.

Mike Letts then stepped up in the 174 pound weight class.  He made quick work of mike Whalen by scoring a fall 1:14 into the first period.  Bradley Nielson then headed to the mat to take on Keith Dobish in the 184 pound class and scored a fall 6:45 into the match. Not to be outdone, Hudson Taylor scored a fall against opponent Lamar Brown in the 197 weight class.  With 3 uncontested falls the Terps were up 36-4 heading into the Heavyweight match.

Patrick Gilmore then finished off the dual with a 3-2 decision over Karim Mahmoud.

The Terrapins are now on a short break for finals but will resume their matches on December 20 and 30 at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro NC.