March 2, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- After one of its strongest regular seasons in several years, the Maryland Terrapins are set for the 2006 ACC Tournament in Lexington, Va., at Virginia Military Institute. The wrestling will begin at 11 a.m., and conclude with the finals at 7 p.m.
The winners of each weight class will advance to the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla, March 16-18. Three wildcards will be selected by the coaches following the tournament.
The Terps (8-10, 4-1 ACC) shared the ACC regular season title with Virginia. It was their first piece of the dual meet title since the 1973-74 season. Maryland's four ACC wins were the most in a season since 1993.
Maryland's last ACC Tournament title came in the 1972-73 season. Maryland has more ACC titles than any other school in the conference (18).
The last time the Terps finished in third place or better was 1997.
Charlie Pinto, the ACC champion at 141 pounds a season ago, sustained an injury earlier this season and is redshirting this year.
Name Weight Yr. Record Hometown/Highschool James Knox 125 Fr. 13-15 Baltimore, Md./Dulaney Brendan Byrne 133 Fr. 18-13 Cape May, N.J./Blair Academy Alex Krom 141 Fr. 20-11 Easton, Pa./Easton Andrew Schlaffer 149 So. 22-12 Baltimore, Md./Dulaney Adam James 157 Sr. 14-8 Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch Adam DeCosmo 165 Sr. 16-9 Baltimore, Md./Old Mill Mike Maceroli 174 Jr. 1-6 Chatham, N.J./Chatham Luke Stauffer 184 Sr. 3-9 Mount Joy, Pa./Elizabethtown Jerry Afari 197 Jr. 15-14 Columbia, Pa./ColumbiaTerp Tidbits
Four Terps placed at last year's ACC Tournament, and two return to the lineup this year: Jerry Afari (4th, 197 pounds) and Adam James (4th, 157 pounds).
Head coach Pat Santoro was just 7-22-1 in two seasons in College Park, but came up with eight wins in 2005-06.
In the nine weight classes wrestled by Maryland at the ACC Tournament, the Terps will send out a freshman in three of those classes, and a sophomore in the other.
The Maryland wrestling team motto this year is "Believe!"
Senior Adam James has the most career wins of any Terp competing at ACC's this year with 64.
Freshman Alex Krom came out of his redshirt season midway through the year. He is 20-11 on the year. He earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors on January 16. His last three wins have come by major decision.
Under the current weight classification system, Maryland's ACC champions have only come at 133 pounds (3 championships) and 141 pounds (3 championships).
Redshirt freshman Josh Haines suffered a back injury and has missed most of the 2005-06 season. He was the team's starter at 184 pounds early in the year.
Hudson Taylor, a freshman redshirting this season, was named ACC Wrestler of the Week on January 3.