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Terrapin Wrestlers Look For Seventh Non-Conference Win Against American
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 02/05/2002

Feb. 5, 2002

* Coming off a loss to ACC foe North Carolina, the Maryland wrestling team (6-3, 0-2 ACC) returns to non-conference action Wednesday to face American (4-9) at Ritchie Coliseum at 7 p.m. Last season, the Terps defeated American 30-18 in Washington, D.C. Wednesday's match is the third of four home matches in a row this season. Maryland will face Duke in the final home meet of the season Saturday at 2 p.m.

YORK EXTENDS WIN STREAK AGAINST BYERS

* Maryland's all-time winningest wrestler, Brandon York (Gaitherburg, Md.), captured his 132nd career victory Saturday with a 7-2 decision over Brad Byers of North Carolina. He became Maryland's all-time wins leader earlier this season with 130 victories, breaking Steve Peperak's record of 129 wins from 1984-1987. The win is the 30th of the season for York, a team-high. The three-time ACC champion has won his last five matches after having his 13-match winning streak broken against Navy on Jan. 16th. Saturday's win over Byers improves his career record against the North Carolina wrestler to 4-3.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

* American enters their match with the Terps on Wednesday coming off a 28-21 loss to Franklin and Marshal this past Sunday. They are led by 149-pounder Marc Hoffer who enters this week ranked 15th nationally in Intermat's polls. Hoffer is American's all-time wins leader, recording his 113th career victory Sunday.

TERRAPIN TRIO ENJOY SUCCESS AGAINST TAR HEELS

* Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) bounced back from his loss Wednesday with a 5-3 decision of UNC's Dustin Heist Saturday to record his 26th victory of the season. He has already compiled a career-high 14 pins this season.

* Stork joins York and senior Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) as regular starters with only one loss, as all three sport an 8-1 dual record.

* Weidman improved his record to 20-3 overall with a 3-1 decision over Chris DiGuiseppe Saturday. Last week, the co-captain became the fourth Terrapin grappler to earn ACC Wrestler of the Week honors this season.

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

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



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