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MM 11.21: Maryland wrestling drops dual to Pittsburgh

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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No. 22 Maryland wrestling suffered its first dual loss of the season Monday when it fell at home to No. 18 Pittsburgh, 21-16.

Despite a technical fall loss in the 125-pound bout, Maryland (1-1) took the lead when Braxton Brown and Kal Miller defeated ranked opponents at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.

Miller’s victory, which came by major decision, was Maryland’s highlight of the night. His opponent, Cole Matthews, was an All-American last year and was ranked No. 7 entering the event.

After wins by Ethen Miller and Michael North, Maryland lost three straight bouts, giving the Panthers (4-1) a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

Maryland’s Jaxon Smith defeated No. 18 Mac Stout by decision to force a decisive heavyweight bout, but Pittsburgh’s Dayton Pitzer beat Seth Nevills to win the dual for his team.

The Terps are off until Dec. 1, when they will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

In other news

Maryland women’s basketball went unranked in the AP poll for the first time in 13 years.

Andrew Chodes previewed Maryland men’s basketball’s upcoming game against UMBC and graded Maryland football’s position groups for their recent performances against Michigan.