“I can say that I’ve been a part of both Maryland’s Big Ten wins … it doesn’t get any less sweet,” Smith said.
Any chance of back-to-back conference wins for the Terps after they notched their first in 63 matches on Friday was stomped early by the top-ranked Nittany Lions.
The Terps won three consecutive duals for the first time since December 2021.
Sandoval won his bout, but the rest of the Terps struggled, dropping the final eight matchups of the meet.
The Terps were shutout for the first time since Feb. 2021, when they lost in similar fashion to the Nittany Lions.
With expanded rosters, head coach Alex Clemsen has been able to give backup wrestlers a chance to shine.
After falling behind 15-4, the Terps rallied to pull within three — but they ultimately came up short.
197-pounder Jaron Smith set the tone early.