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Wrestlers Battle Tar Heels At Cole Saturday
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 02/01/2002

Feb. 1, 2002

TERRAPINS FACE ACC FOE NORTH CAROLINA

* Coming off a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Rutgers, the Maryland wrestling team (6-2, 0-1 ACC) will face their second ACC opponent of the season Saturday when the Terps square off against North Carolina (8-2, 1-0 ACC). The team is looking for its fourth straight victory when the hit the mats with the Tar Heels for a 1:30 p.m. contest in Cole Field House. Maryland will try and avenge a 24-12 loss last season to North Carollina.

* The Terps are returning to Cole Field House for the first time since the 2000 ACC Championships. Cole has been the sight of many memorable matches in Maryland wrestling history. In the 1955 season, head coach John McHugh was the first Terrapin grappler to wrestle in the historic arena.

GUZZIO COMES UP BIG IN UPSET OVER RUTGERS

* Senior Joe Guzzio's (Greensboro, N.C.) pin of Andrew Tilles in the final bout Wednesday night sealed the Terps' ,20-17, upset victory over Rutgers. He pinned his man in 1:51 to notch his seventh pin of the season. Guzzio has compiled an 18-9 mark this season with a 7-1 dual record.

* Maryland's all-time winningest wrestler, Brandon York (Gaithersburg, Md.), captured his 131st career victory Wednesday with a 16-4 major decision over Ken Rodriquez of Rutgers. He became Maryland's all-time wins leader this past Sunday with 130 victories, breaking Steve Peperak's record of 129 wins from 1984-1987. The win is the 29th of the season for York, a team-high. The three-time ACC champion has won his last four matches after having his 13-match winning streak broken against Navy on Jan. 16th.

* Junior Jake Stork (Mohrsville, Pa.) lost his first dual match of the season against 19th ranked Tom Tanis of Rutgers. The loss dropped his overall record to 25-5 with a 7-1 dual mark. He has already compiled a career-high 14 pins this season.

* Stork joins York, Guzzio and senior Josh Weidman (Hershey, Pa.) as regular starters with only one loss, as all four sport a 7-1 dual record.

SCOUTING THE HEELS

* North Carolina heads into Saturday's match looking to extend a five match winning streak. The Tar Heels defeated UNC Greensboro, 35-0, in their last outing Jan. 26. They are led by 141-pounder Brad Beyers who has amassed a team-high 21 wins on the season.

WEIDMAN CLAIMS ACC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK HONOR

* Weidman was named the ACC's Wrestler of the Week on Monday after recording two pins this past week. He improved his record to 19-3 overall with a 8-0 major decision over Bryon Lauer of Rutgers Wednesday. Weidman is currently second on the team in falls, totaling six for the season. The co-captain is 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. Wednesday's win over Rutgers was the sixth non-conference victory of the year. 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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