COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-1, 0-1 B1G) heads to Big Ten rival Northwestern (2-0, 0-0 B1G) to take on the Wildcats at 3 p.m. on Saturday. It will be Maryland's second conference match of the young season, as the Terps previously fell to Rutgers in an outdoor match at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Terps are in the midst of a three-match winning streak, which is their first streak of the kind since the 2014-15 season. With a win on Saturday, Maryland would match its four-match winning streak in the 2014-15 season, and it would be just the second time a Maryland squad accomplished the feat since the 2013-14 season.
Maryland has also surpassed its win total from the 2015-16 season. Two of Maryland's wins have come at home, which is the most home wins for a Maryland team since its second season in the Big Ten conference.
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Northwestern has gotten off to a hot start this season, posting a 2-0 dual record with wins over Garner Webb and Old Dominion.
The Wildcats lineup features four ranked wrestlers, including seventh-ranked grappler Ryan Deakin (149 pounds). It will be another top 20 battle at the heavyweight spot, with Maryland's Youssif Hemida likely squaring off with No. 19 Conan Jennings.
The Wildcats posted a 2-7 record in conference play last season, with their wins coming against Maryland and Michigan State.
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 Ten.
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.
Hemida also knocked off No. 20 Jere Heino of Campbell in Maryland's win over the Camels and sealed Maryland's upset win at Stanford with a win over No. 12 Nathan Butler.
The heavyweight placed 7th in the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships.
He went 15-6 from January to March in his sophomore season, the most dominant stretch of his career.
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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.
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.