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Maryland wrestling sweeps dual meets vs. Campbell and George Mason

The Terps got their first wins of the year in their first home duals.

Maryland wrestling Noah Niederhoffer

After dropping its first dual meet of the season at Rutgers, Maryland wrestling returned to the Xfinity Center Pavilion on Sunday, sweeping duals against Campbell and George Mason.

First off for Maryland was Campbell. After a tight match that ended in a 19-19 tie, Maryland won 20-19 by way of an early pin by Brandon Cray in the 125-pound class.

The Terps and Camels then traded decisions up until the 165-pound class, when Campbell took two straight decisions, going up 16-12 overall in the match. Maryland’s Jaron Smith evened the overall score at 16 with an 11-3 decision in the 184-pound class, before Campbell’s Austin McNeill won in a 5-2 decision in the 197-pound class, giving Campbell a 19-16 lead overall.

In the heavyweight bout, No. 13 Youssif Hemida faced off against No. 18 Jere Heino. Hemida won the dogfight in a 5-2 decision, tying the overall score for Maryland, and ultimately clinching the dual for the Terps.

In their second dual, Maryland dominated George Mason, winning all but one match and taking the overall dual, 28-9.

The Terps and Patriots traded decisions in the first two matches before Maryland took command, winning seven of the final eight matches of the dual. Included in this was Josh Ugalde’s 17-0 technical fall victory in the 174 pound class.

George Mason’s other win was a forfeit in the heavyweight class. Hemida wasn’t injured, rather taking a rest after the dogfight against Heino. Maryland, having already won the dual, decided it wasn’t worth the risk of getting injured and handed the pity points to George Mason.

The Terps’ next dual is their second outside dual of the season, on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Stanford. Also this weekend, Maryland will also send wrestlers to the Road Runner Open and Wolfpack Open on Nov. 19.