Jan. 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Following a weekend that saw the University of Maryland wrestling team sweep three matches at the Wendy's Duals, the Terps are ready for another busy two days, as they take on Navy Friday before returning home for dual meets with conference foes North Carolina State and Duke on Saturday.
The Terps (13-3) travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on the Midshipmen at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday's dual meet with NC State is at noon, while the Duke match has been moved from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.
"Navy is a solid team from top to bottom," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "They have a great coach and are in very good shape. Bruce Burnett (Navy's head coach) was my coach when I was in the Olympics so we're very familiar with each other. It will be a great local battle."
Navy enters the matchup at 2-1 in dual meets, having wrestled mostly in open tournaments and invitationals. The Midshipmen have one tournament title to their name - the Navy Classic in November, a tournament they hosted. Most recently, Navy suffered its lone dual loss this season, a 28-9 decision to Lehigh on Jan. 16. Earlier this season, Maryland defeated Lehigh 22-12 in the Northeast Duals. Navy has two wrestlers ranked in Intermat's Top 20 - 157-pounder Bryce Saddoris, who is ranked eighth; and heavyweight Scott Steele, who is No. 5.
Maryland enters Saturday with a 1-0 record in Atlantic Coast Conference action, having won all 10 matches en route to a 41-0 victory over North Carolina on Dec. 4. The Terps might not have such an easy time against NC State and Duke.
"They've both been up and down, but they've had some very good individual results," said McCoy. "ACC competition at home is important for tournament seeding so we need to perform well. Dealing well with the turnover from Friday night to Saturday afternoon will be important for us, but again it is very similar to what we'll see at the NCAA Tournament."
NC State is 5-7 on the season and 1-0 in conference action, having defeated Duke 22-17 on Jan. 9. On Wednesday, the Wolfpack split two meets in Boiling Springs, N.C., falling to Appalachian State 22-17 while recovering to defeat Gardner-Webb 22-16.
Duke, meanwhile, is 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils are coming off a come-from-behind victory over Campbell on Wednesday night, winning four of the final five matches for a 21-17 win.
The Terps have won four straight dual meets dating back to Jan. 10, matching their longest winning streak of the season. Maryland's 13-3 record includes four wins over ranked opponents (No. 4 Cornell, No. 12 Lehigh, No. 14 Kent State, No. 22 Wisconsin), while all three losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 10 (No. 2 Iowa State, No. 8 Cornell, No. 10 Central Michigan).
Maryland will honor all faculty and staff, as well as military members for their service and support at Saturday's matches.
The wrestling match with Duke was moved from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m. in order to accommodate wrestling fans who would like to park in the lots surrounding Comcast Center prior to the men's basketball game against NC State at 6 p.m. All fans wishing to park in lot 4b should arrive there prior to 2 p.m. Furthermore, University Parking will not begin ticketing and towing in lot 4b on Saturday until 4 p.m., in order to allow wrestling fans to park there. Any fans concerned they might not be able to leave the lot by 4 p.m. should park in lots XX, 1, or Regents drive.
No. 8 Maryland Probable Starters
125 - James Knox or Pat Strizki
133 - No. 11 Steven Bell
141 - No. 9 Alex Krom
149 - Jon Kohler
157 - Kyle John
165 - No. 15 Josh Asper
174 - No. 5 Mike Letts
184 - Corey Peltier
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor
HWT - Patrick Gilmore
Navy Probable Starters
125 - Aaron Kalil or Allen Stein
133 - Pat McCaffrey or Jared Anongas
141 - Matt Pagan or Dustin Haislip
149 - Glenn Shober or John Majka
157 - No. 8 Bryce Saddoris
165 - Robby Neill
174 - Matt DeMichiel
184 - Andrew Buck or Greg Prioleau
197 - Charles Carafano or Russ Kropp
HWT - No. 5 Scott Steele
North Carolina State Probable Starters
125 - Mike Moreno
133 - Scott Norris
141 - Dale Shull
149 - Bobby Ward
157 - Juan Stimpson or Sean Smith
165 - Ray Ward
174 - Quinton Godley
184 - Cedric Moore or Jonathan Becker
197 - Andrew Tumlin or Christian McClean
HWT - Eloheim Palma
Duke Probable Starters
125 - Peter Terrezza
133 - Nick Adamo
141 Mike Bell
149 - Brent Jorge or Chris Piccolello
157 - Chris Piccolello (If Brent Jorge wrestles at 149)
165 - Forfeit
174 - Voris Tejada
184 - Diego Bencomo
197 - John Barone
HWT - Robert Holbrook