Terps Wrestling Falls To ACC Champion Cavaliers

Feb. 19, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Jake Stork concluded the final dual meet of his four year career strong by pinning Virginia's Ram McDonnell in 49 seconds, but the rest of the Terps could not follow suit as Maryland fell to Virginia 32-12 Wednesday night.

For the third time in the ACC season, the Terps jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold on for the win.

Freshman John-Henry Zarzycki wrestled an outstanding match, upsetting last season's ACC runner up in the 141-pound weight class, Bob Seidel. Seidel, who fell to Maryland's Brandon York last season in the ACC championship, got taken down by Zarzycki with just over one minute remaining in the match. Zarzycki struggled to turn Seidel on his back, and the two stood in a relative stalemate for nearly 30 seconds before Zarzycki was able to score the two-point takedown. The 5-3 victory was his 22nd of the season, and his eighth in dual meet action.

The next bout was the 149-pound weight class where sophomore Adam James relied on a second period takedown to secure the 3-2 win over Paul Bjorlo. Bjorlo got caught midway through the second period, and James was able to take him down to give him a 3-0 lead in the match. An escape following the takedown put Bjorlo within a takedown of tying the match, but he could only muster an escape to begin the third period, and James and the Terps walked away with a 6-0 lead.

The Terps then lost three consecutive matches to allow the Cavaliers right back into the match. Tim Foley, defending ACC champion, earned a technical fall over Jason Kiessling 17-5, John Antonelli lost a tough 2-0 decision to Will Durkee, and Brian Muir pinned Patrick Cissne in 1:41 to give the Cavaliers a 14-6 lead.

Stork, ranked 16th in the country by The Wrestling Mall, then stepped in against Ram McDonnell, and pinned him 49 seconds into the bout. Stork earned a takedown right off the opening whistle to take a 2-0 lead, but McDonnell was able to escape out of bounds to momentarily prolong the match. On the subsequent restart, Stork used an arm bar to turn McDonnell onto his back and pin him to run his nation's best total in pins to 23 on the season, and capture the ACC regular season title.

From there, the Terps could do nothing more. Two pins and two decisions were the final undoing of the Terps. After Stork closed the gap to 14-12, senior Sal Aquia lost a 7-4 decision to Zach Freday, and the title of ACC regular season champion. Following Aquia, two consecutive Terps got pinned. First senior Eric Fehnel got pinned by Josh Etu in 3:16, and then Matt Pandullo followed suit in 6:36 to Virginia's Brian Sticca.

In the final bout of the day, sophomore Mike Lupa faced yet another defending ACC champion from Virginia. 133-pound Joe Alexander finished the match with a 5-1 decision over Lupa to make the final score 32-12.

Coach John McHugh, along with three senior starters, all competed in their final regular season dual meet of their careers. For more than two decades, coach McHugh has been the backbone of the Maryland wrestling team, and he leaves behind a legacy that is virtually unmatched. Leaving with McHugh are starters Jake Stork, Sal Aquia and Eric Fehnel.

The Terps now have two weeks off to prepare for the ACC Championships which will be held in Boone, North Carolina on the weekend on Mar. 8.

Virginia 32, Maryland 12
                                                                 MD UVA
125     Brian Sticca (UVA) Fall Matt Pandullo (MD)      F6:36    12   29
133     Joe Alexander (UVA) Dec. Mike Lupa (MD)         5-1      12   32
141     John-Henry Zarzycki (MD) Dec. Bob Seidel (UVA)  5-3      3     0
149     Adam James (MD) Dec. Paul Bjorlo (UVA)          3-2      6     0
157     Tim Foley (UVA) Tech. Fall Jason Kiessling (MD) 17-2     6     5
165     Will Durkee (UVA) Dec. John Antonelli (MD)      2-0      6     8
174     Brian Muir (UVA) Dec. Patrick Cissne (MD)       F1:41    6    14
184     Jake Stork (MD) Fall Ram McDonnell (UVA)        F0:49    12   14
197     Zach Freday (UVA) Dec. Sal Aquia (MD)           7-4      12   17
HWT  John Etu (UVA) Fall Eric Fehnel (MD)               F3:16    12   23