COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-6, 0-6 B1G) will battle a trio of non-conference opponents this weekend. Maryland will battle in-state foe Navy (4-0, 2-0 EIWA) on Friday before traveling to face Harvard (0-0, 0-0 EIWA) and Brown (0-0, 0-0 EIWA) on Sunday.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy boasts a strong lineup that features four grapplers in the most recent InterMat rankings. The Midshipmen have fared well in open tournaments thus far, placing first at the Navy Classic, 22nd at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and fourth at the Southern Scuffle.
The Midshipmen have a veteran-heavy lineup, with four seniors expected to wrestle in the dual. Navy's probable lineup also features three true freshmen.
Navy finished fifth in the EIWA last season and placed 31st at the NCAA Championships.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard will begin its dual season on Saturday before taking on the Terrapins on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson finished 40th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier this season.
Three Crimson wrestlers took home championships at the F&M Open, the same tournament where Maryland's Patrick Gerish won the 165-pound bracket. Josef Johnson (174), A.J. Jaffe (141) and Nolan Hellickson (125) were all victorious at the event.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown will kick-off its dual slate on Saturday when it battles Stanford. The Bears will then wrestle American on Sunday at noon, and conclude their weekend slate with their match against the Terrapins at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bears recently placed eight wrestlers at the F&M Open, headlined by sophomore Nick Lattanze, who won the 133-pound weight class. Bryce Rogers finished second at 165 pounds and Tucker Ziegler finished third at 197 pounds.
Brown also earned a 16th place team finish at the Midlands Championships in December.
LAST TIME OUT
Youssif Hemida picked up two wins in Maryland's duals against No. 2 Ohio State and No. 16 Nebraska. The heavyweight's two wins moved him up four slots in the latest InterMat Wrestle rankings, now sitting at No. 6 in the country.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida is in the midst of the most successful season of his career, most recently picking up his team-high sixth conference victory in Maryland's dual at No. 16 Nebraska.
Hemida's season has included five wins over ranked opponents, including a win over No. 9 Billy Miller of Edinboro on his way to a third place finish at the 55th Midlands Championships in December. He has 17 wins on the season, which is second-most on Maryland's roster.
Hemida's success this season also earned him Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 21. He won the award after defeating No. 12 Nathan Butler in Maryland's upset win over Stanford and after winning the Road Runner Open.
WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Hemida became the first-ever Maryland wrestler to earn the distinction after his upset win over No. 12 Nathan Butler of Stanford and his Road Runner Open title.
Gerish earned the honor after winning the 165-pound bracket at the Cleveland State Open. The New Jersey-native posted a 5-0 record with four wins coming by way of fall.
The Terrapins will welcome No. 1 Penn State to the XFINITY Center for a dual on Jan. 21. The two-time defending champs are head coach Kerry McCoy's alma mater. McCoy won two NCAA Championships and three Big Ten titles as a Nittany Lion. He also was a three-time All-American.