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Wrestling Prepares For ACC Championships
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 03/06/2002

March 6, 2002

* With the loss to Virginia behind them, the Terrapin wrestling team prepares for Saturday's ACC Championships in Raleigh, N.C. This year's tournament will once again be held in conjunction with MAT JAM, showcasing 110 wrestlers from the Atlantic Coast and Southern conferences.

* Last season, Maryland placed fourth at the ACC Championships, earning 52.5 team points with Brandon York earning his third conference title at 133 pounds and Mark Mansueto earning his first title at 141 pounds.

YORK EYES SCHOOL RECORD FOURTH ACC TITLE

* Maryland's all-time winningest wrestler, Brandon York (Gaithersburg, Md.), is looking to become the school's first four-time ACC Champion. This will be the first year he is competing at the 141-pound weight class after winning the last three years at 133 pounds. He completed the regular season undefeated in the ACC for the second straight year. In his career, he is 13-3 against ACC wrestlers in regular dual season action.

* York became Maryland's all-time wins leader when he defeated Bucknell's Brandon Green, 12-6, back on Jan. 26. The victory was York's 130th of his career, breaking Steve Peperak's record of 129 wins from 1984-1987. He completed the regular season with 137 victories in his Terrapin career.

* York's 4-2 decision over Virginia's Bob Seidel to end the regular season gives him 35 victories for the year, a team-high. The three-time ACC champion has won his last ten matches after having his 13-match winning streak broken against Navy on Jan. 16th. The senior co-captain is the only regular starter to finish the regular season with only one loss, finishing 13-1. He finishes with a career dual mark of 38-6.

* He is looking for his third tournament title of the season at the ACC Championships after winning both the Millersville Invitational and Wilkes Open Championships earlier this season. A title in Saturday's ACC Championships would be the 12th title in his Terrapin career.

STORK LOOKS FOR REVENGE

* Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) continued his dominance at 184 pounds this season, recording a career-high and team-high 15 pins for the Terps. He finished the regular season with a 28-6 record, ranking him second on the team in victories. He is looking for his second consecutive NCAA bid after reaching nationals for the first time last season. Stork has recorded 12 or more pins in each of his three seasons and one red-shirt year.

* After losing to Virginia's Jimi Massey, 9-6, in the finals of last year's ACC Championships, Stork has defeated the defending ACC Champion twice this season. He earned a 9-7 decision over the Virginia wrestler at the West Virginia Open, before beating Massey, 10-1, in the last dual meet of the season.

* Stork finished second in the conferences regular season standings at 184 pounds with a 3-1 record in the ACC.

* The junior placed in four of five open tournaments to begin the season 12-0, capturing titles at the West Virginia and East Stroudsburg Opens. He placed second at the Wilkes Open and Millersville Invitational.

WEIDMAN STRIVES FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE TRIP TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

* Senior Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) comes into the ACC tournament with a 23-5 overall record, tying him with Joe Guzzio for third on the team in victories. He currently ranks third on the team in falls with eight.

* Weidman was a runner-up at ACCs his sophomore season. He is looking for his third straight NCAA bid.

* The 165-pound grappler placed in all three tournaments he competed in this season, winning the title at the Wilkes Open. He placed second at both the Penn State Open and Millersville Invitational.

GUZZIO LOOKS TO CAPTURE FIRST ACC TITLE

* After reaching the semifinals in last season's ACC Championships, senior Joe Guzzio (Greensboro, N.C.) is making it his goal to win this year's title and earn his first NCAA bid. The 133-pounder won 23 matches, tying Weidman for third on the team in wins. His 12 dual meet victories rank second on the Terrapin roster.

A PROMISING FUTURE

* Freshman Adam James (Silver Spring, Md.) has stepped up big this season, competing in all but one dual match. He finished 5-8 in dual meets, but owns an impressive 21-19 overall record. His 21 wins is the most of any freshman in the Terrapin roster this season. James currently ranks fifth on the team in falls with five.

* James is one of three freshmen in Coach McHugh's regular starting lineup. He comes into the Terrapin wrestling program coming off a Maryland State High School championship his senior year.

* Among the new faces that have joined James in the starting lineup this season are John Antonelli (Norristown, Pa.) and Mike Lupa (Westbury, N.Y.). Antonelli has been a consistent performer for the Terps all season at 157 pounds, with a 13-12 overall record and a 7-6 dual mark. He finished the season strong, winning six of his last nine matches, including a technical fall of Brandon Hogan of Howard 22-6 in 5:00.

* He finished the season strong, winning six of his nine matches, including a technical fall of Howard's Brandon Hogan 22-6 in 5:00.

* Lupa replaced the injured redshirt sophomore Matt Pandullo in the starting lineup on Jan. 30 against Rutgers. He owns a 2-5 record in dual action this season. The freshman appeared in three tournaments early in the season.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

* The Terps won nine of ten non-conference matches this season. Their only out-of-conference loss came to Navy on Jan. 16. Last season, Maryland went 5-3 against non-conference opponents.



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