#13 Terps Prepare For Two Weekend Duals

Jan. 5, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 13th-ranked Maryland wrestling team takes its undefeated record (8-0) on the road this weekend to face West Virginia Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 15 Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Terps enter the weekend following a ninth-place finish at the prestigious Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Three Terps placed including redshirt sophomore Christian Boley who finished third at 197 and improved his record to 21-1.

In Maryland's eight dual meets, the Terps have won by a combined score of 260-59 and have won 64 of 80 matches.

It is the second consecutive year the Terps and Mountaineers have squared off. Maryland won last year's meeting in College Park, 27-13.

Maryland is 12-7 all-time against Virginia Tech. The two teams have split the last four meetings, but the Hokies have won the last two including a 22-15 victory in Blacksburg in 2009 the last time the Terps traveled to Cassell Coliseum.

Live stats will be available through for the Virginia Tech dual.

Projected Lineup
125: No. 20 Shane Gentry (9-2) or Jenkins Monzey (3-4)
133: Geoffrey Alexander (16-6)
141: Frank Goodwin (9-5) or Lou Mascola (7-7)
149: Ben Dorsay (9-7)
157: No. 13 Kyle John (14-7) or Domenic DeRobertis (7-6)
165: No. 2 Josh Asper (16-0)
174: No. 15 Jimmy Sheptock (16-4) or Corey Peltier (5-4)
184: Ty Snook (12-8)
197: No. 6 Christian Boley (21-1)
285: No. 12 Spencer Myers (16-5) or Ryan Gray (0-2)

West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1, 0-0 EWL)
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Mountaineers play host to the Terps in the first dual meet of 2012 for both teams. West Virginia opened the season in College Park as part of the Terrapins Duals defeating Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins. In mid-December, the Mountaineers fell to No. 4 Penn State.

West Virginia features two nationally ranked wrestlers in senior Matt Ryan and sophomore Nathan Pennesi who leads the team with 18 wins. Ryan is ranked 17th at 184 and Pennesi is 17th at 141.

In three dual-meets, Ryan and Pennesi have only surrendered two points and nine points, respectively.

Projected Lineup
125: Shane Young (13-3)
133: No. 17 Nathan Pennesi (18-4)
141: Michael Morales (0-0)
149: Brutus Scheffel (14-8)
157: Dominic Prezzia (13-7)
165: Kyle Eason (13-7)
174: Lance Bryson (16-6)
184: No. 17 Matt Ryan (7-3)
197: Mac Mancuso (14-5) or Nicholas Hylton (0-0)
285: Brandon Williamson (13-6)

Virginia Tech

No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1, 1-0 ACC)
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Hokies finished fourth at the Midlands Championships and followed the invitational with a 22nd-place finish at the Southern Scuffle. Virginia Tech has won three of four dual meets including an ACC-opening victory over No. 21 Virginia.

Virginia Tech features three nationally ranked wrestlers led by third-ranked Devin Carter at 133. Carter won the Midlands title with a 6-4 overtime decision over then-No. 2 Tony Ramos of Iowa. Carter is tied for the team lead in wins with 19, six coming via fall.

At 141, No. 11 Zach Neibert finished fourth at Midlands and is 12-4 with three pins on the season. Seventh-ranked Peter Yates should meet up with second-ranked Josh Asper at 165 on Sunday. Yates placed second at Midlands and is 16-2 with three major decisions and three falls.

Projected Lineup
125: Erik Spjut (19-7) OR Ty Mitch (5-1)
133: No. 3 Devin Carter (19-1)
141: No. 11 Zach Neibert (12-4)
149: Chris Mears (7-5) or Nick Brascetta (0-1)
157: Cameron Hurd (9-7) or Matt Stephens (3-3)
165: No. 7 Pete Yates (16-2)
174: Chris Moon (11-7)
184: John Dickson (12-9)
197: Nick Vetterlein (19-5) OR Angelo Malvestuto (13-7)
285: Chris Penny (5-4)