COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (0-1, 0-1 B1G) will begin its home schedule on Sunday when it hosts Campbell (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) and George Mason (1-0, 0-0 EWL) at the XFINITY Center Pavilion.
Maryland squared off with No. 12 Rutgers at High Point Solutions Stadium to start the season, falling to the Scarlet Knights, 27-9. The Terps picked up three wins on the day, headlined by Josh Ugalde knocking off No. 13 Jordan Pagano by decision. Two ranked Terps -- No. 14 Ryan Diehl (141) and No. 13 Youssif Hemida (285) -- also were victorious for Maryland in their season openers.
Fans can park in any lot at the XFINITY Center until 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., basketball gameday parking regulations will be enforced, and fans without parking passes for the Maryland basketball game against UMES will be required to move their vehicles to either Stadium Drive Garage ($), or for free in Lot 1.
A LOOK AT THE FIGHTING CAMELS
Campbell enters its third dual match of the early season with a 1-1 record after splitting its opening doubleheader with a win over Eastern Michigan and a loss to American University.
The Fighting Camels are the defending Southern Conference Champions, and were picked to repeat their 2017 SoCon Championship season after the coaches vote earlier this season.
Campbell returns eight of its ten starters from that championship team, with four members of the squad claiming spots on the SoCon’s preseason all-conference team.
No. 18 Jere Heino will anchor the Campbell lineup at the heavyweight spot. Heino who debuted in the top-15 of TrackWrestling’s rankings, will matchup with Maryland’s nationally-ranked heavyweight Youssif Hemida.
A LOOK AT THE PATRIOTS
George Mason got its season started on the right foot, picking up a win over The Citadel to begin the season
Mason is coached by first-year head man Frank Beasley, who earned his first head coaching victory in the win over The Citadel.
The Patriots will showcase an experience lineup, with just two true freshmen listed in their projected starters. Mason will be anchored by three wrestlers who are redshirt juniors or older. Matthew Voss (285), Tejon Anthony (141) and Ibrahim Banduka (125) were all victorious to begin the season.
AN EXPERIENCED BUNCH
The Terps return 11 wrestlers who started last season.Headlined by three who qualified for the NCAA Tournament, Maryland returns Alex Vargas, Jhared Simmons, Adam Whitesell, Justin Alexander, Patrick Gerish, Josh Ugalde, Idris White and David-Brian Whisler.
In addition to participating in the NCAA Championships, Bannister, Diehl and Hemida all placed at the Big Ten Championships. The three placers are the most ever for Maryland since joining the Big TenJ
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Hemida served in the role during the 2016-17 season, while Alexander earned the honor for the first time as a Terrapin.
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Hemida placed 2nd and picked up an impressive win over the 2017 Maccabiah Games Champion.
Smith knocked off a number of formidable opponents en route to a 4th place finish. Over the course of the event he defeated a former Division II National Champion and a former two-time Division I NCAA All-American.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior Youssif Hemida is set to have another impactful season as a Terrapin. The Mamaroneck, N.Y., native got his season off on the right foot, winning at Rutgers and then picking up another victory at the NWCA All-Star Classic over Garrett Ryan of Columbia.
The heavyweight placed 7th in the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
He went 15-6 from January to March, the most dominant stretch of his career.
TERPS TO AIR TWICE ON BTN
The Big Ten Network announced on October 10 that Maryland will be featured in two matches this upcoming season.
The Terps will take part in the network's first match of the season, a road bout against Wisconsin on Dec. 7. Maryland will then host Minnesota on BTN on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.