PHILADELPHIA - For the second week in a row, No. 24 Penn held an early lead over a higher-ranked foe, but again the Quakers couldn't stave off a comeback as No. 13 Maryland scored a 21-15 win at The Palestra.
The final score was the same as last week's dual with No. 10 Lehigh and unfolded in a similar fashion with Penn leading midway through the dual and unable to garner the needed points in the middleweights where Maryland had the advantage. A pin by No. 8 Micah Burak at 197 gave Penn a glimmer of hope heading into heavyweight, but returning All-American No. 14 Spencer Myers defeated Anthony DiLonardo, 10-3, and secure the win for the Terps.
Burak's fall came off a well-executed three-quarter nelson at the 6:45 mark against Corey Peltier who was called up from 184 to start in place of No. 8 Christian Boley. The match was actually scoreless after the first period, but Burak turned it on in the middle frame with two takedowns and a pair of backpoints. In the third period, Burak escaped and then took Peltier down twice before a restart was called with 20 seconds remaining. Off the whistle, Burak circled to his left and locked in the three-quarter to turn Peltier over and garner the fall.
That win broke a four-match swing for the Terps after Penn built a 9-3 lead through 149. No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio remained unbeaten and unscored upon with a 4-0 decision over Geoffrey Alexander. The only offensive points of that match came via a nearfall for Ortenzio in the waning moments of the second period as part of a full two -minute ride.
At 141, No. 2 Zack Kemmerer scored two takedowns over Frank Goodwin, scoring in each of the first two periods, but couldn't add on in the third period while Goodwin rode out. Kemmerer scored the 4-1 decision, but Penn would like to have scored bonus points in those two weights.
At 149, Steve Robertson continued his climb into the national spotlight with a 5-3 win over Ben Dorsay. In order to gain his 15th win of the season, Robertson erased an early 2-0 deficit and came back after a Dorsay escape in the third period gave the Terp a late lead. In the final 25 seconds, Dorsay was hit with two stall warnings to tie the match, the second with 11 seconds remaining. Off the restart, Robertson pounced, scoring the winning takedown right before the buzzer.
The match started at 125 with a 5-4 decision in favor of Shane Gentry over Geoffrey Bostany. Penn scored first in the bout, but Gentry reversed to tie the bout. Gentry again reversed to start the second period and built up a riding time edge of 1:24 heading into the final period. Bostany scored a second takedown with 20 seconds to go, but was unable to turn Gentry and the 1:04 of riding time was the deciding point.
After Robertson's win gave Penn a 9-3 lead, the Terps used their three ranked wrestlers in the middle weights to come back and take the lead. At 157, No. 14 Kyle John picked up a 15-2 major decision over Troy Hernandez, with six takedowns and three nearfall points along the way.
No. 2 Josh Asper improved to 16-0 with a 5-2 decision over Penn's true freshman Lorenzo Thomas. Asper, a returning All-American, managed two takedowns in the bout and was held to his lowest scoring output of the season.
No. 16 Jimmy Sheptock added five points to Maryland's team score with a 15-0 tech fall over Ian Korb at 174. Sheptock built an 8-0 lead after a takedown and two nearfall situations off a cross-wrist before adding five more points in the second. A takedown 11 seconds into the third period finished it off.
Erich Smith dropped a close match to Ty Snook at 184, 7-6, in what proved to be a swing bout of the dual. Snook had a 4-1 lead early in the first period, but Smith countered to tie the match with a takedown late in the opening period. Snook escaped in the second for the only scoring of that period and led 5-4 entering the third. Despite Smith tying the match with an early escape, Snook added a third takedown to give the Terps the win.
After Burak scored the fall and closed the team score to 18-15, Anthony DiLonardo took the mat against his fourth opponent who was an All-American in 2011, No. 14 Spencer Myers. DiLonardo needed the decision to tie the match and give Penn the win on criteria, but Myers kept DiLonardo at bay for a 10-3 decision on the strength of four takedowns.
Penn is now 3-3 in duals this year, while Maryland improved to 8-0. The Quakers are off until after the Christmas holiday when they head to Evanston, Ill. and the Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern.
No. 13 Maryland def. No. 24 Penn, 21-15
125 - Shane Gentry (UMD) def. Geoffrey Bostany (Penn), 5-4 Maryland leads, 3-0
133 - No. 15 Bryan Ortenzio (Penn) def. Geoffrey Alexander (UMD), 4-0 Match tied, 3-3
141 - No. 2 Zack Kemmerer (Penn) def. Frank Goodwin (UMD), 4-1 Penn leads, 6-3
149 - Steve Robertson (Penn) def. Ben Dorsay (UMD), 5-3 Penn leads, 9-3
157 - No. 14 Kyle John (UMD) def. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 15-2 Penn leads, 9-6
165 - No. 2 Josh Asper (UMD) def. Lorenzo Thomas (Penn), 5-1 Match tied, 9-9
174 - No. 16 Jimmy Sheptock (UMD) def. Ian Korb (Penn), 15-0 (5:11) Maryland leads, 15-9
184 - Ty Snook (Maryland) def. Erich Smith (Penn), 7-6 Maryland leads, 18-9
197 - No. 8 Micah Burak (Penn) def. Corey Peltier (UMD), FALL 6:45 Maryland leads, 18-15
285 - No. 14 Spencer Myers (UMD), def. Anthony DiLonardo (Penn), 10-3 Maryland leads, 21-15