NEW YORK — Carl Buchholz won a dramatic decision in overtime to propel No. 18 Maryland (6-3) to a come-from-behind victory against No. 14 Nebraska on Sunday in the second match of the Grapple at the Garden meet at Madison Square Garden.
With the Terps trailing by two points, Buchholz (285) recovered after giving up a first-period reversal to the Cornhuskers’ Donny Longendyke to send the match into sudden victory. After shots by both wrestlers failed to yield any points in the period, Buchholz stayed on Longendyke for the entire 30 seconds in the first half of the tiebreaker.
Holding the upper hand, Buchholz freed himself midway through the second half of the first tiebreaker, holding off Longendyke for the win and an 18-17 Terrapin victory.
After the Cornhuskers earned a major decision at 165 and a fall at 174, the Terps trailed 17-9 and needed to win the final three matches.
Jimmy Sheptock started the comeback with a 3-2 sudden victory against sixth-ranked Josh Ihnen. Ihnen scored an early takedown in the first period. Sheptock, who is ranked 10th nationally, responded with two second-period takedowns to tie the match at four.
Following a scoreless third period, Sheptock completed a shot on Ihnen’s legs at the edge of the mat, lifted the All-American and threw Ihnen down to end the match seconds before the period expired. Sheptock is now 6-1 this season against nationally-ranked opponents.
Christian Boley set the stage for the final match. Sixteenth-ranked Boley scored a takedown in the first period and fought off a furious attempt by Caleb Kolb to win a 3-1 decision.
Shane Gentry, who is ranked 14th nationally at 125, got the Terps started against the Cornhuskers. A first-period takedown and a second-period reversal gave him a 4-0 lead. Gentry tacked on riding time to win, 5-1.
The Terps received important victories from Shane Arechiga (149) and Danny Orem (157). Arechiga, who typically wrestles at 141, got a first-period takedown and three near-fall points in the second period to earn an 8-3 decision against Skylar Galloway. It is Arechiga’s first career dual win.
Orem eked out a 2-1 decision against Brandon Wilbourne to secure a vital three points.
In the first match of the day, the Terps fell to fourth-ranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ trio of All-Americans at 125, 133 and 141 put the Terps in a hole from the start of the dual. Ohio State earned a decision at 125, a pin at 133 and major decision at 141.
Sheptock got the Terps on the board against the Buckeyes at 184. Sheptock got Kenny Courts to the mat quickly in the first period and picked up two near-fall points shortly before the end of the period. Sheptock rode Courts out in the second to accumulate 3:55 of riding time.
Sheptock started the third period in the down position and quickly escaped to go up 5-0. He got another takedown and cut Courts loose. Late in the period with Courts on the edge of the mat, Sheptock pulled Courts to the center and shot his legs for another two points as he earned a 9-3 decision.
The tightest matchup of the morning came at 197 where 16th-ranked Christian Boley took on 10th-ranked Andrew Campolattano. Campolattano scored a first-period takedown and led by two points after one frame. After the two wrestlers exchanged escapes, Boley took Campolattano to the mat with under a minute to go to trim the deficit to one point.
After Boley let Campolattano escape, he got Campolattano’s right leg with less than 15 seconds remaining. He went to his knees to prevent Boley from circling around to earn the vital two points. As Boley scrambled to get the decisive takedown, Campolattano swiveled and got Boley to the mat to seal the win.