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Terps To Wrestle George Mason Patriots
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/21/2003

Jan. 21, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -

One Last Hurrah

Head coach John McHugh will retire after 25 years of coaching the Terps. McHugh will leave behind a legacy that includes over 250 wins, and two ACC Coach of the Year awards. He has coached six wrestlers to All-American status, and 25 to ACC Championships. He has been honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Service Award for Coaching, and was elected to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Hall of Fame to go along with a 25-Year Service Award presented by the National Wrestling Coaching Association.

Superiority

Senior captain Jake Stork has been virtually unbeatable thus far this season. He leads the Terps in both wins (25) and pins (19), and has finished in the top five of five different tournaments including two consecutive wins in the Wilkes-Barre Open and the Hitchcock Memorial Classic. His 19 pins is already three more than he recorded all of last season and leads the nation in the 184-pound weight class, and his 25 wins is more than a dozen more than he had at this same point last season.

Young Guns

Both freshmen John-Henry Zarzycki and Jason Kiessling have wrestled strong. Zarzycki is second on the team in wins with 16, and Kiessling is tied for second on the team in pins with three. Zarzycki has been strong all season, and was able to capture fifth place at the Penn State Open after winning six of seven matches. He also recorded a win against Jason Galiato of Montclair for his first collegiate dual meet victory. Kiessling's 12 wins also ranks him among the top five for the Terps, and his season was highlighted in the first tournament in East Stroudsburg where he recorded four wins and his first pin against Ryan Meehan (West Point) in 3:50.

Stumbling Out Of The Blocks

The George Mason Patriots have struggled so far this season, losing four of their first five matches. All five of the Patriots' dual meet matches have been away from their Fairfax home. Of the four matches they have lost, three of them have come by more than 14 points, with their closest loss of the season coming against Franklin & Marshall, a 23-16 defeat. The one match the Patriots managed to put in the win column was a 21-20 victory over Campbell. On a more positive note for George Mason, seven of their next eight dual meet matches will be at home.

Common Opponent

The NC State Wolfpack have wrestled both the Maryland Terrapins and the George Mason Patriots, defeating both of them. On Jan. 11th, the Wolfpack defeated the Patriots 29-16 in Raleigh, N.C., and just one week later, Jan. 18th the Wolfpack visited College Park and defeated the Terps 22-15.

Top 25

Jake Stork cracked the top 25 to begin the season, and was ranked as high as 14th in the country according to Amateur Wrestling News. Currently Stork is ranked 16th by both Amateur Wrestling News, and W.I.N Magzine, and 19th by The Wrestling Mall.

Fond Farewell

On Saturday, Feb. 15th there will be a wrestling social held in Heritage Hall open to all fans and alumni in part to honor coach McHugh's 40 years of coaching. The social will be held after the noon Old Dominion match.



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