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Maryland wrestling fights but falls to Michigan, 33-6

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The Terrapins were tied 6-6 with the Wolverines through the first four matches, but lost the next six in a row to close the dual.

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There are times where the final score of a dual is not indicative of the competitiveness of the dual itself. Friday night was one of those times.

Beck and Youtsey got into some great scrambles at 125. Youtsey came away with the decision. Bruno and Alexander did the same at 133. Alexander walked off the mat with another solid conference win. Bannister won in sudden victory overtime, snapping his losing streak. Mascola took a top-10 kid down to the wire. These were close matches. Maryland was IN these matches.

It all came apart as the Terrapins got shelled in the second half of the dual.

Maryland scrapped and fought on Friday night. They just couldn't do it long enough.

Here are three things that we learned from the Michigan-Maryland dual:

1) Once again, the weak part of Maryland's lineup got exposed

When Maryland and Michigan came out after intermission, the score was 9-6 in favor of the Maize and Blue. Brendan Burnham lost in a close decision to make it 12-6. It got ugly in a hurry. Josh Snook was up 5-2 in the third, but got pinned at 174. Jaron Smith got majored at 184, Sean Twigg got teched at 197 and Dawson Peck got pinned by the returning national runner-up at heavyweight. After giving up just nine points through the first five matches, the Terps gave up 24 points over the final five.

2) Is Bannister back for good at 141 pounds?

Alfred Bannister's win gives him some confidence and momentum heading down the stretch. He needed that win in the worst way. An overtime loss would have really hurt. With a conference win in hand, will he do what he needs to do in the practice room to lock down the spot at 141 pounds?

3) Beating Wisconsin is not out of the question

The Badgers are a pretty good team, despite their poor overall record. On Friday, they knocked off No. 12 Rutgers on the road. If you recall, Maryland struggled against the Scarlet Knights. The possible matchup at 133 between All-American and top-10 ranked Ryan Taylor and Alexander, who is approaching the top-15, should be worth the price of admission.

If Maryland wrestles like they did on Friday night at the lower weights and doesn't get blasted in the final five matches, they have a real shot to beat the Badgers. The Terrapins match up much better at the upper weights with Wisconsin than they did with Michigan.

Maryland 6, Michigan 33

125: Conor Youtsey (MICH) decision over Michael Beck (MD), 10-5 (0-3)

133: No. 16 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) decision over Rossi Bruno (MICH), 3-1 (3-3)

141: Alfred Bannister (MD) decision over George Fisher (MICH), 3-1 (SV-1) (6-3)

149: No. 7 Alec Pantaleo (MICH) decision over Wade Hodges (MD), 5-1 (6-6)

157: No. 9 Brian Murphy (MICH) decision over Lou Mascola (MD), 6-5 (6-9)

165: Garrett Sutton (MICH) Brendan Burnham (MD) 5-2 (6-12)

174: Aaron Calderon (MICH) fall over Josh Snook (MD), 6:50 (6-18)

184: No. 4 Domenic Abounader (MICH) major decision over Jaron Smith (MD), 9-2 (6-22)

197: No. 6 Max Huntley (MICH) technical fall over Sean Twigg (MD), 17-0 (6-27)

285: No. 4 Adam Coon (MICH) fall over Dawson Peck (MD), 2:13 (6-33)