Maryland Shuts Down Duke Wrestlers 33-5
Eric Medina flips and pins Michael Degli Obizzi during the Terrapins 33-5 win over Duke at Comcast Pavilion on January 26, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland extended their conference winning streak to 9 duals with a win over the Duke Blue Devils this afternoon at the Comcast Pavilion.  Duke entered the contest a hungry 0-2 in conference play, and the Terrapins had recently sent the NC State Wolf Pack home unsatisfied with a 27-12 loss.

Brendan Byrne, who pinned an NC State wrestler earlier in the day, narrowly defeated Kellan McKeon by a 5-4 decision.  His match was uncharacteristicly quiet for the 125 lb weight class.  Steven Bell and Jon Kohler extended the Terrapin lead with narrow victories over Blue Devil opponents Bryan Gibson and A.J. Guardado by margins of 6-4 and 5-4 respectively. 

Maryland's 9-0 lead after 3 matches was small, but Eric Medina blew things open for the Terps with a pin over Michael Degli Obizzi in the 149 lb weight class.  Medina tangled with Obizzi through the match but eventually flipped him over his left shoulder to get Obizzi's shoulders to the mat.  A pinfall lifted the Terps to a more confident 15-0 lead.

Brian Letters from the 157 lb weight class danced with the Voris Tejada and won a 2-1 victory.  The match was slow going with both wrestlers competing to avoid being taken down.

Mike McGill and Addision Nuding competed to a 6-6 draw at the end of 3 periods and went into a tiebreaker.  McGill managed to score a takedown as the 1 minute tiebreaker drew to a close to give take the match 8-6 and give the Terps a 21-0 lead.

Mike Letts dominated Ben Wales 16-4, but Duke's John Barone shut down Bradley Nielson 18-2.  Up 25-5 Maryland headed into the final two matches confident of the win.

Hudson Taylor and Patrick Gilmore swept up for the Terps by scoring major decisions over Dan Tulley and Mike Tunick respectively.  With their tallies the Terps were able to send to Blue Devils back to Durham with a 33-5 loss.

Maryland's 9 straight ACC dual meets is the longest winning streak for the Terrapins since 1974.  Next weekend the Terps take on 2 non-conference foes (Penn and Columbia) in Philadelphia and New York and look to extend their 2007-2008 record to 14-3.  They then come home for a pre-Valentine's day dual against local challenger  University on Feburary 13th.  The February 13th dual is the last on the regular season schedule for the Terps before the ACC Championship is held in College Park on March 8, 2008.