Maryland Overtakes NC State Wrestling 21-18 On OT Pin
RALEIGH, N.C. – James Knox pinned Taylor Cummings in overtime in the 125-pound match, the final bout of the afternoon, to cap a wild comeback by Maryland, which defeated NC State 21-18 Saturday in college wrestling at Reynolds Coliseum.
The win improved the Terrapins to 13-5 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. NC State fell to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The bout began at 133, and NC State’s Garrett Cummings took a 5-1 decision over Jon Kohler to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 lead in the team score. Gummings, who took a 2-1 lead into the third period, began the final stanza with a reversal and stayed on top the remainder of the bout to take a point for riding time. The win lifted Cummings to 11-9 for the year.
At 141, Darrion Caldwell broke open a 3-3 tie in the second period with a reversal on 13th-ranked Alex Krom, then picked up three points with a near fall to take an 8-3 lead. Krom injured his left shoulder during the exchange and was unable to continue, defaulting at the 4:38 mark of the bout. The victory, which gave the Wolfpack a 9-0 lead in the team scoring, lifted Caldwell to 10-3 on the season.
Maryland got on the scoreboard at 149 when Andrew Schlaffer took down Joe Caramanica with 17 seconds left in the bout to take a 3-1 decision and pull the Terps to within six points at 9-3. Kody Hamrah got those three points back with an 8-1 decision over Mike McGill. Hamrah got four points with a takedown and two-point near fall in the closing seconds of the first period, then got an escape and a takedown in the second period to take a commanding 7-0 lead into the final period. The win was Hamrah’s eighth in a row, tying a career high he had set twice previously. He improved to 14-5 with the decision.
The Terps began to cut into the lead at 165 when 12th-ranked Jason Kiessling took a 4-2 decision over Obie Simpson. Kiessling got the only takedown in the bout during the first period, and also had one point for riding time. Kiessling improved to 22-5 with the win.
That cut the NC State lead to 12-6, and No. 11 Mike Letts trimmed another three points off the team lead with a 12-10 decision over Rick Brownlee, making the team score 12-9. Letts was working on a major decision, leading 10-1 late in the second period, but Brownlee cut the lead to 10-5 before a reversal by Letts and an escape by Brownlee made 12-6. Brownlee rallied in the final seconds of the match with a takedown and two points for a near fall to cut the lead to 12-10. Letts, who improved to 23-4 with the decision, got one point for riding time.
The Wolfpack picked up six big points at 184 when Jeremy Colbert pinned Josh Hainesin the 184-pound bout. Haines was leading 3-0 when Colbert caught him going backwards, took him down straight to his back and got the fall at the 4:28 mark. The pin improved Colbert’s record to 5-8 and gave the Wolfpack an 18-9 lead with three matches remaining.
Hudson Taylor pulled the Terps to within six points at 18-12 with a 5-4 decision over the Wolfpack’s Ryan Goodman. The 19th-ranked Taylor got the win with a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the bout. Goodman, ranked No. 13 nationally, had a reversal and a takedown in the second period, but was unable to score otherwise.
Maryland heavyweight Jerry Afari made sure the bout went to the final match with an 11-5 decision over ninth-ranked Jainor Palma. Afari used his quickness to take Palma down three times in the second period and twice more in the third. Palma scored all five of his points on escapes.
That left only the 125-pound bout with NC State holding an 18-15 lead in the team scoring, and Cummings and Knox had to go to overtime before Knox pinned Cummings at 7:31. Knox got a takedown in the first period, but Goodman chose to go on top for the second period, and stayed on top through the entire second and third periods, but was unable to score. Knox was penalized a point for stalling late in the third period and Cummings wound up with a point for riding time to tie the match at 2-2. Both wrestlers came close to takedowns in the overtime, but when Cummings just missed gaining control on a potential takedown, Knox took Cummings to his back and got the pin.
Maryland 21, NC State 18
133 – Garrett Cummings (NCS) dec. Jon Kohler, 5-1
141 – Darrion Caldwell (NCS) medical default #13 Alex Krom, at 4:38
149 – Andrew Schlaffer (UM) dec. Joe Caramanica, 3-1
157 – #19 Kody Hamrah (NCS) dec. Mike McGill, 8-1
165 – #12 Jason Kiessling (UM) dec. Obie Simpson, 4-2
174 – #11 Mike Letts (UM) dec. Rick Brownlee, 13-10
184 – Jeremy Colbert (NCS) pinned Josh Haines, at 4:28
197 – #19 Hudson Taylor (UM) dec. #13 Ryan Goodman, 5-4
Hwt – Jerry Afari (UM) dec. #9 Jainor Palma, 11-5
125 – James Knox (UM) pinned Taylor Cummings, at 7:31