Maryland opened up their first ever Big Ten Conference schedule with a road trip to Wisconsin and then Nebraska. The Terps found out in a hurry that the Big Ten slate is going to be a rough one.
On Friday, Maryland fell to Wisconsin by a score of 28-12 winning 2 matches and collecting a forfeit. On Sunday, things didn't fare any better dropping 9 of 10 matches to lose 42-3 to Nebraska.
Both of these teams are ranked (#11 Nebraska & #18 Wisconsin), but the road doesn't get any easier. They "get" to host Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, and Minnesota and matches with Illinois, Rutgers, and Northwestern to round out the schedule.
Many programs view the Big Ten as a decided advantage. Reasons for being in the top conference for competition, exposure to Big Ten Network, and dual attendance can help recruiting. However, the competition this year will probably be more than desired.
Nebraska 42 Maryland 3
125: #14 Tim Lambert (NEB) by pin over Josh Polacek (MD), 5:52 (NEB 6, MD 0)
133: #11 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) by dec. over Eric Montoya (NEB), 4-2 (NEB 6, MD 3)
141: #15 Anthony Abidin (NEB) by dec. over Shyheim Brown (MD), 4-2 (NEB 9, MD 3)
149: Justin Arthur (NEB) by major dec. over Shane Arechiga (MD), 17-5 (NEB 13, MD 3)
157: #2 James Green (NEB) by major dec. over Lou Mascola (MD), 16-3 (NEB 17, MD 3)
165: #16 Austin Wilson (NEB) by pin over Tyler Manion (MD), 2:46 (NEB 23, MD 3)
174: #2 Robert Kokesh (NEB) by pin over Josh Snook (MD), 4:34 (NEB 29, MD 3)
184: Aaron Studebaker (NEB) by major dec. over Tony Gardner (MD), 11-3 (NEB 33, MD 3)
197: Micah Barnes (NEB) by dec. over Rob Fitzgerald (MD), 8-2 (NEB 36, MD 3)
HWT: #18 Collin Jensen (NEB) by pin over Ryan Kail (MD), 1:37 (NEB 42, MD 3)
Wisconsin 28 Maryland 12
125: Taylor (WIS) wins by TF over Simmons (UMD), 21-4
133: Cavallaris (WIS) forfeits to Alexander (UMD)
141: Brown (UMD) wins by a 2-1 dec. over Lubeck (WIS)
149: Crone (WIS) wins in a 7-5 dec. over Arechiga (UMD)
157: Liegel (WIS) wins by 10-8 dec. over Mascola (UMD)
165: Jordan (WIS) wins by pin over Manion (UMD), 5:52
174: Snook (UMD) wins in a 4-3 decision over Cousins (WIS)
184: Robertson (WIS) wins over Gardner (UMD) in an 8-4 decision
197: McCall (WIS) wins over Fitzgerald (UMD) in a 5-1 decision
285: Medbery (WIS) wins by TF Twigg (UMD), 19-3