Dec. 3, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team opens Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday at 7:00 p.m. as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina.
The Terps have had great success recently in conference action, having won the past two ACC championships. North Carolina, however, took a 19-15 decision last season that ended Maryland's 10-match winning streak in ACC duals.
"I'm really looking forward to this match," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "They have a good team and a lot of tough individuals, so we need to be ready. This is our first ACC match of the season and I expect it to set the tone for the rest of the conference duals."
Having already faced three ranked teams, the Terps have challenged themselves early in the season. Maryland enters the contest with a 5-1 dual record, including wins over No. 4 Cornell and No. 12 Lehigh. Six of Maryland's 10 starters have won individual championships at open meets since the season began on Nov. 1.
Maryland should have the advantage in the early matches against North Carolina. James Knox (12-4) has wrestled well recently, having beaten No. 15 Tony Mustari of Northern Colorado last weekend at the Northeast Duals. No. 8 Steven Bell (9-1) takes on Jeremy Shaw (6-3) at 133 and No. 11 Alex Krom (4-2) faces either Mike Rappo (4-2) or Danny Lopes (7-2) at 141.
The Tar Heels have three ranked wrestlers, including the No. 12 wrestler at 149 and 157 pounds. If the Terps can get through the middle weights with some success, they should be able to put the match away. In No. 6 Mike Letts, No. 3 Hudson Taylor, and No. 20 Patrick Gilmore, Maryland sends ranked wrestlers to the mat in three of the final four matches.
Following the dual meet Friday, a number of Maryland wrestlers will head to State College, Pa., to compete in the Penn State Open on Sunday. Rich DiPietro, Owen Duffy, Bradley Nielson, Lou Ruland, Owen Smith and Hudson Taylor will compete attached, while a much larger group will compete unattached: Eric Beverly, Christian Boley, Joey Boone, Dallas Brown, Andrik Cruz, Domenic DeRobertis, Mookie Golden, Ryan Gray, Brian Marcoux, Shawn Mazzarone, Danny Orem, Bryan Osorio, Jimmy Sheptock and Pat Strizki.
DiPietro Selected to ACC Leadership Conference
Junior Rich DiPietro has been selected to represent the University of Maryland at the 2010 ACC Leadership Conference. DiPietro will join approximately 70 other students from ACC schools in a three-day leadership workshop with a theme of social change. The conference, which will be held at Florida State University, will aim to tackle such current societal issues as discrimination, environmental justice, access to healthcare and homelessness.
No. 7 Maryland at North Carolina - Probable Matchups:
125 - James Knox (12-4) vs. Brian Bokoski (4-7)
133 - No. 8 Steven Bell (9-1) vs. Jeremy Shaw (6-3)
141 - No. 11 Alex Krom (4-2) vs. Mike Rappo (4-2) OR Danny Lopes (7-2)
149 - Jon Kohler (7-6) vs. No. 12 Nick Stabile (7-2)
157 - Kyle John (13-3) vs. No. 12 Thomas Scotton (11-0)
165 - Josh Asper (13-2) vs. Kyle Kiss (6-4)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (13-3) vs. Thomas Ferguson (2-0)
184 - Corey Peltier (5-5) vs. Nick Tenpenny (6-3)
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor (11-0) vs. No. 11 Dennis Drury (8-2)
HWT - No. 20 Patrick Gilmore (11-4) vs. Andrew Cekuta (3-7)