Terps Wrestling Goes Down To Tobacco Road

Jan. 30, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins are headed into their match vs. ACC rival North Carolina this weekend having won three of their last four dual meets. The Terps are looking to defeat the Tar Heels for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

The Tar Heels, 5-3 overall, 1-1 in the ACC, are coming off a tough loss to Virginia, while the 4-4 Terps are looking to rebound after a disappointing loss to Rutgers.

The Terps and the Tar Heels have wrestled many of the same teams this season. While both teams competed at the East Stroudsburg Open earlier in the year, they have also both wrestled NC State and Anderson College. Both teams easily disposed of Anderson, but while the Terps lost a heartbreaker to the Wolfpack, North Carolina was able to defeat them by a score of 21-13.

Two Terps in particular come into this match on personal hot streaks. Senior Jake Stork has won 20 consecutive matches, including eight straight of the dual meet variety, and freshman John-Henry Zarzycki has won four straight dual meet matches. The number may have run to five consecutive, but George Mason failed to post a wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, so Zarzycki earned a forfeit three matches ago.

Stork has been especially strong of late with his last three matches all ending in pin falls. His 22 pins on the season leads all wrestlers nationally in the 184-pound weight class. Stork stayed put in the national rankings this week despite pinning two opponents last week.

This weekend, the Terps will have their hands full, as likely starter at 125 pounds, Chris Rodriguez, ranked 13th nationally, will try to bounce back after losing the decisive match last week against the Cavaliers. Stork will face some of the stiffest competition of the year this weekend as he will go against Dusty Heist, who is 7-0 in dual meet competition, and 11-3 overall.

The 1 p.m. match set to be held in Carmichael Arena will be the second of a four-game road trip for the Terps as they look to move to .500 in ACC competition with a win.