Maryland wrestling suffered another large loss to a top-10 Big Ten team in their Big Ten home opener. Nebraska rolled to an easy win on Friday night at the Xfinity Pavilion, but the Terrapins still had some positives to take away from the match.
Here are three things you need to know about the dual:
1) Geoffrey Alexander returned and got a B1G win
Alexander has the most career wins of any Maryland wrestler on the roster and his return to 133 is important for a couple of reasons. First, it shows that he is healthy enough to compete. Second, if Tyler Goodwin somehow manages to drop to 125 pounds, Maryland's lineup gets really tough at the lightweights.
Alexander beat a ranked Eric Montoya for the second year in a row. Alexander's conference win may prevent Goodwin from seeing action at 133 (except in the case of sickness or injury) in Big Ten matches because Alexander will want to improve on his seeding for the Big Ten Championship.
2) Maryland is having a problem with giving up bonus points in Big Ten duals
Four Nebraska wrestlers won by bonus points on Friday night. Several Illinois and Iowa wrestlers also registered bonus point victories when they wrestled the Terrapins. If Maryland keeps giving up bonus points in dual matches, it's going to be tougher to get their first-ever Big Ten dual win.
3) Mascola picked up his first significant win of the year
The Lou Mascola that caught fire after last year's Midlands showed up on Friday night. He was in a scramble position and pinned Nebraska's tenth-ranked Tyler Berger.
It was a big win for him for seeding as well as national ranking purposes.
Courtesy of Maryland athletics:
Maryland 9, Nebraska 30
141: No. 17 Anthony Abidin decision over Billy Rappo, 7-5 (0-3)
149: No. 7 Jake Sueflohn decision over Wade Hodges, 2-0 (0-6)
157: Lou Mascola fall over No. 10 Tyler Berger, 4:07 (6-5) (unsportsmanlike penalty assessed)
165: No. 4 Austin Wilson decision over Derrick Evanovich, 6-1 (6-8)
174: No. 12 Micah Barnes major decision over Josh Snook, 14-3 (6-12)
184: No. 4 TJ Dudley decision over Jaron Smith, 9-2 (6-15)
197: No. 16 Aaron Studebaker fall over Garrett Wesneski, 4:00 (6-21)
285: No. 13 Collin Jenson major decision over Youssif Hemida, 16-3 (6-25)
125: No. 10 Tim Lambert technical fall over Jhared Simmons, 15-0 (6-30)
133: Geoffrey Alexander decision over No. 9 Eric Montoya, 6-2 (9-30)