Two Wrestlers Place In Top Four At West Virginia Open

COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- The Maryland wrestling team completed in their first tournament Saturday, placing two wrestlers in the top four of various weight classes.

Redshirt-Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) won five matches to capturedthe title at 184. He notched three falls on the day, downing the unattached Casey Dagget in 1:52, Ryan Courtney of West Liberty in 2:38 to breeze through the first two rounds. The redshirt junior later pinned Jason Cox in 2:00 in the semifinal round. He led the team in falls last season with 12. Stork started off the 2001-2001 campaign on a high note, building off his succesful 25-9 record and NCAA appearance a year ago. The West Virginia Open title is the second tournament title for Stork who won the Coppin State Open as a freshman.

Brandon York (Gaithersburg, Md.) looked impressive in his first tournament at 141 on Saturday. The senior placed fourth, winning six matches before losing to Josh Daugherty, wrestling unattached, by a close 4-3 decision. York faced Daugherty twice on the day, losing to the wrestler 5-0 in the second round. York moved to the 141 weight class after capturing three ACC titles at 133.

Freshman Adam James (Silver Spring, Md.) wrestled well in his first tournament as a Terrapin. The Maryland state high school champion earned two pins in his first two collegiate matches. James pinned Steve Fox of Appalachian State in 3:27 and Mike Catullo, wrestling unattached, in 2:45, before eventual losing in the quarterfinals. He came back to earn two more victories in wrestlebacks to give him four wins on the day.

At 157, Jason Ellis (Norristown, Pa.) won his first two matches as a Terp. The freshman earned a bye in the first round before pinning Lock Haven's David Beard in 1:14 to reach the quarterfinal round. Ellis lost to the unattached Jesse Reed by a 7-2 decision in the quarterfinals.

Redshirt freshman Patrick Cissne (Huntington Valley, Pa.) beat ACC rival Tom Glenn of Duke 5-4 in the first round at 165with. After losing in the second round to Ed Willis of Ohio University 6-2, Cissne notched am impressive 19-0 major decision victory over Nick Hayworth of Duke. Freshman Sean Fehn (Babylon, N.Y.) won his first collegiate match with an 11-5 decision over Ryan Garner of Bllomsburg before losing to Duke's Matt Hoover 3-1. At 174, freshman Barry Stein (Union, N.J.) saw his first action at Maryland, losing to ACC-rivals Brian Muir and Tim Marcantonio of Duke.

The Terps will return to action Saturday, November 17, at the East Stroudsburg Open beginning at 9 a.m.