Maryland wrestling’s conference woes continue, fall to Illinois, 29-11

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Heading into the third period of the bout, No. 18 Ethen Miller led Jake Harrier 6-0. The Terps were behind in the team score 8-3 and were looking to Miller to come up with some much-needed points. 

Miller exploded in the third period scoring 12 points and only allowing Harrier to compile three of his own. Miller came away with the 18-3 technical fall victory tying the score at 8-8 heading into the final five bouts of the dual. 

Maryland couldn’t find success in those bouts losing to No. 25 Illinois, 29-11.

Maryland looked to bounce back after falling to No. 7 Ohio State on Friday night. The Terps struggled in their loss on Friday, only winning one bout by way of a Braxton Brown pin. 

No. 18 Braxton Brown started out this match with his eleventh dual victory of the year. Brown scored two takedowns in the third period to earn the 13-9 decision victory and get an early three team points for the Terps. 

Conner Quinn lost the next match by technical fall to No. 10 Lucas Byrd.

 Kal Miller followed Quinn’s performance with a decision loss of his own. The bout was decided when No. 14 Danny Pucino was awarded a point because of Miller’s continued touching of the face after being warned. 

After Ethen Miller’s technical fall victory, the Illini got those points right back in the 157 bout. No. 20 Michael Carr was able to takedown Kevin Schork as the clock wound down in period two to put Illinois ahead in the team score 13-8. 

That lead in the team score only grew as Maryland lost the next four bouts. 

No. 11 Danny Braunagel and No. 10 Edmond Ruth won both their bouts by decisions, and No. 26 Dylan Connell  earned a major decision victory in the 184 bout. The Terps forfeited the 197 bout to put the Illini ahead in the team score 29-8 going into the heavyweight bout. 

No. 29 Jaron Smith took a 1-0 lead into the third period, clinging to his small lead. Smith spent most of the third period on top of his opponent Matt Wroblewski to win the riding time point. That point helped Smith end the dual on a high note, winning his bout 2-0. 

The dual loss put a cap on a tough weekend for the Terps. Between the Ohio State dual, and the Illinois contest the Terps only won four of the eighteen bouts they wrestled in. Brown was the only Maryland wrestler to win both of his bouts this weekend. 

The loss makes Maryland 0-3 in conference play and 8-4 on the season. 

Maryland will look to put the weekend behind them as they prepare to travel to East Lansing to take on No. 20 Michigan State on January 27.