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Wrestlers Open Four-Match Homestand Wednesday Against Rutgers
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/29/2002

Jan. 29, 2002

* The Maryland wrestling team (5-2, 0-1 ACC) returns home for a 7 p.m. match against Rutgers (3-6) Wednesday night at Ritchie Coliseum. Wednesday's match will be the first of four straight home matches for the Terps. Coach McHugh's squad will try and erase a 22-9 loss to the Scarlet Knights last season.

* Senior co-captain Brandon York (Gaitherburg, Md.) became Maryland's all-time wins leader Sunday with 130 victories, breaking Steve Peperak's record of 129 wins from 1984-1987. The win is the 28th of the season for York, a team-high. The three-time ACC champion has won his last three matches after having his 13-match winning streak broken against Navy on Jan. 16th.

* Rutgers heads into Wednesday coming off a loss to Rider Jan. 23. They are led by 141-pounder Greg Austin with a 22-7 mark on the season and 184-pounder Tom Tanis, ranked 19th nationally, with a 13-4 record on the year. Scarlet Knights' head coach, John Sacchi is biding for his 400th career victory Wednesday night.

* Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) improved his dual record to 7-0 Sunday with a 9-5 decision over Bucknell's Brian Neuman. Stork heads into Wednesday's meet with the Scarlet Knights on a seven-match winning streak. He has already compiled a career-high 14 pins this season.

* York joins fellow seniors Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) and Joe Guzzio (Greensboro, N.C.) as regular starters with only one loss, as all three sport a 6-1 dual record.

* Weidman was named the ACC's Wrestler of the Week on Monday after recording two pins this past week. He improved his record to 18-3 overall and is currently second on the team in falls with six this season. Weidman is the fourth Terrapin grappler to earn ACC Wrestler of the Week honors this season.

* The Terps are looking to go 8-1 in non-conference action this season. Sunday's win was the fifth non-conference victory of the year. Their only out-of conference loss was to Navy on Jan. 16th. Last season, Maryland posted a 4-3 record against non-conference opponents. Rutgers is the seventh of nine non-conference foes the Terps will face this season.

* To date, the ACC boasts a 2-1 mark against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association teams this season. Rutgers is the third of four EIWA teams Maryland will face this year. The Terps beat EIWA opponent Bucknell, 40-9 Sunday after dropping a 24-12 decision to Navy earlier this season.



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