Aug. 23, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy announced today the schedule for the 2011-12 season which features several challenging tournaments and four home meets, including a match-up against American, who finished fourth at last season's NCAA Championships.
The Terps are scheduled to compete in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic, Northeast Duals, Nittany Lion Open and the Midlands Invitational. Among some of the notable dual meet non-conference opponents are Central Michigan, Northern Iowa, American, Navy and George Mason.
"I think this year's schedule is going to be very challenging," said McCoy. "I think we did a good job of getting a good mix of traditional powerhouses and also creating an opportunity for our guys to go out and get some exposure to achieve the desired national rankings and the exposure needed to qualify for nationals. We wrestle traditional power Central Michigan at the Northeast Duals. It is always exciting to go back to that event. We have some great teams coming in for the Terrapin Duals. We go to Midlands again which is always a great event, and will see Iowa, Iowa State and other top programs. It's going to be a great year, I'm excited about it."
Maryland unofficially opens up the season on Oct. 30 with the Red and Black Wrestle-Off IntraSquad. One week later, the Terps open the season at home by welcoming Johns Hopkins, Bloomsburg and Franklin & Marshall for the Terrapin Duals.
Following the Terrapin Duals, the team heads to Brockport, N.Y., for the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic on Nov. 12. This event will feature The University of Oklahoma and Rutgers University as well as many nationally ranked wrestlers.
The Terps head back to upstate New York for the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., on Nov. 26. Maryland will face Northern Iowa, Bucknell and traditional wrestling power Central Michigan.
The first week of December offers two challenging events. The Terrapins return to Comcast Center to meet local rival American in a dual meet on Dec. 2, and then travel to University Park, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Open on Dec. 4.
The following week Maryland travels north to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Ivy League foe Pennsylvania.
The Terps close out 2011 with a trip to Northwestern University and the prestigious Midlands Invitational on Dec. 29 and 30 to face many of the nation's top wrestlers and top wrestling programs.
Following the trip to Evanston, Ill., Maryland travels to Morgantown, W. Va., on Jan. 6 to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Two days later, Maryland opens their ACC campaign against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
After a short layoff, the Terps return to the mat on Jan. 20 for the highly-anticipated rivalry dual meet against Navy in Annapolis, Md. The Terps must recover quickly as they welcome N.C. State to the Comcast Center on Jan. 22.
Two ACC rivals are on tap to close out January. Maryland travels to North Carolina on Jan. 27 and meets Virginia on Jan. 29.
The Terps close out their home schedule against Duke on Feb. 12, and travel to Fairfax, Va., to meet George Mason on Feb. 16.
After two weeks off, Maryland heads to Chapel, N.C., for the ACC Championships. The Terps will be looking to defend their conference title and win the event for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
The season concludes in St. Louis, Mo., with the NCAA Championships. Maryland's qualifiers will travel to St. Louis to compete on March 15 - 17.