COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio wrestling team (4-9,2-5) closed out the 2017-2018 regular season on the road against Maryland (5-11, 0-9 B1G) on Sunday (Feb. 18) afternoon. The Bobcats suffered a 33-14 loss to an impressive Maryland squad. Cameron Kelly, Mario Guillen and Hunter Yeargan each recorded a win for Ohio.
125 – Trevor Giallombardo vs. Brandon Cray
Redshirt freshman Trevor Giallombardo (Gaylord, Mich.) started the dual for the Bobcats in the 125-class, facing Maryland's Brandon Cray. Cray scored first with a takedown early on to lead 2-0 in the beginning of the first period. Giallombardo escaped, lessening Cray's lead to 2-1 after an active first period. Cray hit a reversal to start the second period for two-points before pinning Giallombardo for a 6-0 fall win in 3:28.
133 – No. 16 Cameron Kelly vs. Jhared Simmons
Ohio junior and No. 16 ranked Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio) secured a big 16-1 technical fall victory over Maryland's Jhared Simmons in the 133-class bout. Kelly would score first with a takedown early in the first period to lead 2-0. Kelly remained in control throughout the first period, earning four points on a near fall to lead 6-0 after two minutes of work. Kelly maintained riding time throughout the remainder of the first period, leading 6-0 before the second period began. Kelly continued to act quickly, hitting a takedown at the first whistle of the second period. Simmons got on the board after he escaped, but Kelly quickly gained control once again with another takedown to increase his lead to 10-1 going into the third period. Kelly hit another takedown for two-points to start the third before hitting a four-point near fall and taking a 16-1 technical fall victory.
141 – Mario Guillen vs. Ryan Diehl
In the 141-class, Redshirt freshman Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) would take on Maryland's Ryan Diehl. The match started with several attempts by both wrestlers, but the first period went scoreless. Diehl started the second period on top with a no-score match before Guillen escaped to get on the board first. Diehl hit a quick takedown in the second minute of the second period before Guillen quickly escaped once again to tie-up the scores at 2-2 before the third period. Guillen started the third period on the attack, before the two would have to restart in the center of the mat after going out of bounds. Diehl earned a point after a call was made for an illegal hold, giving Diehl a 3-2 lead, but Guillen had earned 1:07 in riding time to tie-up the scores at 3-3. After injury time, Diehl would not return to the mat with 39 seconds left in the third period. Guillen would then take the win by injury default.
149 – Kade Kowalski vs. No. 18 Alfred Bannister
Redshirt sophomore Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio) had a tough match ahead of him against No. 18 ranked Alfred Bannister in the 149-class. The first period started with a lot of action before Bannister got on the board first with a takedown. Bannister then hit a pin to take a 6-0 fall win in 1:37.
157 – Cullen Cummings vs. Justin Alexander
Redshirt senior Cullen Cummings (Woodridge, Ill.) represented the Bobcats in the 157-class in a matchup against Maryland's Justin Alexander. Alexander got on the board first with a quick takedown in the first period. Alexander maintained riding time throughout the first period, leading 2-0 before the second period began. Cummings got the start on top to start the second period, but Alexander escaped to lead 3-0. After 45 seconds of work, Alexander pinned Cummings to earn a fall victory in 3:47.
165 – Joe Terry vs. Brendan Burnham
Redshirt freshman Joe Terry (Pickerington, Ohio) was up next in the 165-class facing Maryland's Brendan Burnham. The match started with an active first period, but it would go scoreless. Terry would earn a point due to an illegal move by Burnham. Burnham would then earn four-points from a near fall in the final seconds of the second period to lead 4-1 before the third period started. Burnham added to his lead with an escape to start the third. Terry hit a takedown of his own to bring the score to 5-3 before Burnham escaped to lead 6-3. After a pair of takedowns and escapes, the scores were all tied up at 7-7. Burnham would take an 8-7 decision after adding a point for riding time.
174 – Ben Schneider vs. Patrick Gerish
Redshirt freshman Ben Schneider (Orland Park, Ill.) was up next, facing Maryland's Patrick Gerish in the 174-class. Gerish got on the board first after hitting a takedown to start the first period. In the final seconds of the first period, Gerish hit a pin to take the match by fall in 2:53.
184 – Hunter Yeargan vs. Niko Cappello
Redshirt freshman Hunter Yeargan (Willard, Mo.) went up against Maryland's Niko Cappello in the 184-class bout. Yeargan got on the board first with a takedown in the second minute of the first period to lead 2-0 heading into the second. Yeargan kept his momentum to start the second with a quick escape to score the only point in the period. Yeargan maintained a 3-0 lead before the third period began. Few shots were taken in the third period until the last 30 seconds of the match where Cappello attempted to get on the board. Yeargan took a 3-0 decision win for the Bobcats.
197 – Aaron Naples vs. David-Brian Whisler
Freshman Aaron Naples (Brunswick, Ohio) battled with Maryland's David-Brian Whisler in the 197-match. Whisler scored first with a two-point takedown after a minute in the first period. Naples quickly responded, forcing a reversal to tie-up the scores at 2-2. Naples stopped Whisler from escaping to keep all scores at 2-2 before the second period. Naples took the lead after escaping to start the second, but Whisler quickly earned another takedown to take a 4-3 lead. Naples escaped once again to tie-up the scores before Whisler acted quickly to hit another takedown and a 6-4 lead. Naples escaped bringing the score to 6-5 before Whisler hit a takedown, leading 8-5 to start the third. Naples started the third period with a hard-fought takedown, lessening Whisler's lead to 8-7 before Whisler escaped and took a 9-7 lead. In the final seconds, Whisler hit another takedown to secure an 11-7 decision victory.
285 – Zack Parker vs. No. 6 Youssif Hemida
Redshirt junior Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) took on Maryland's No. 6 ranked Youssif Hemida in the heavyweight match. Parker made the first attack, but Hemida would use it to hit the first takedown of the match. Parker escaped quickly, making it a 2-1 score going into the second period. Starting on bottom, Parker took advantage of his position to escape to start the second period and tie-up the scores at 2-2 before the final period began. Hemida started the final period hitting a takedown to lead 4-2 before Parker escaped and brought Hemida's lead to 4-3. The two would battle for position in the final 30 seconds of the third, but Hemida secured the 4-3 decision win.
125 – Brandon Cray (MD) fall over Trevor Giallombardo (OHIO), 3:28
133 – Cameron Kelly (OHIO) tech. fall over Jhared Simmons (MD), 16-1
141 – Mario Guillen (OHIO) inj. default over Ryan Diehl (MD)
149 – Alfred Bannister (MD) fall over Kade Kowalski (OHIO), 1:37
157 – Justin Alexander (MD) fall over Cullen Cummings (OHIO), 3:47
165 – Brendan Burnham (MD) dec. over Joe Terry (OHIO), 8-7
174 – Patrick Gerish (MD) fall over Ben Schneider (OHIO), 2:53
184 – Hunter Yeargan (OHIO) dec. over Niko Cappello (MD), 3-0
195 – David-Brian Whisler (MD) dec. over Aaron Naples (OHIO), 11-7
285 – Youssif Hemida (MD) dec. over Zack Parker (OHIO), 4-3