Wrestling Faces Second Top 20 Opponent At No. 11 Penn State

Nov. 9, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team heads up to University Park on Sunday, November 11 to take on No. 11 Penn State at 1:00 p.m. in the Nittany Lions season opener. The Terrapins are coming off of a 2-1 opening weekend at the Fighting Scot Duals hosted by Edinboro, nearly completing an upset of No. 16 Edinboro in the feature dual.

Maryland beat Army in its first match of the day, 26-13, and then handled Mercyhurst, 30-15. Edinboro narrowly escaped an upset by the Terps with a 19-15 victory.

Maryland was up 15-13 heading into the final heavyweight match and redshirt freshman Patrick Gilmore held a 2-0 lead heading into the final period of the day against No. 9 Joey Fendone. The nationally ranked Fendone came through for the Fighting Scots though, pinning Gilmore with just 10 seconds to go in the match to give Edinboro the win.

Sophomores Stephen Bell, Mike Letts, and Hudson Taylor all went 3-0 during the duals. Letts was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week after earning a technical fall, major decision, and a win against a top-20 opponent.

Sunday will be the first action of the season for Penn State, ranked No. 11 in the country in the preseason. The Nittany Lions possible lineup features six ranked wrestlers at 125, 141, 149, 157, 165, and 197 pounds. Jake Strayer is ranked No. 7 in the nation and could match up against No. 20 Charlie Pinto of Maryland at 141.

The most anticipated match of the day could come at 197 pounds where Maryland's Taylor, who advanced to the round of 12 at NCAAs last year and is ranked No. 8 in the country, could meet three-time All-American Phillip Davis, currently No. 2 in the nation.

Probable Matchups:
125 - Brendan Byrne vs. No. 11 Mark McKnight
133 - Stephen Bell vs. Tim Haas
141 - Jon Kohler or No. 20 Charlie Pinto vs. No. 7 Jake Strayer
149 - Eric Medina vs. No. 7 Bubba Jenkins
157 - Brian Letters vs. No. 12 Dan Vallimont
165 - Mike McGill vs. No. 16 Dave Rella
174 - No. 7 Mike Letts vs. Mark Friend
184 - Josh Haines or Bradley Nielson vs. Phillip Bomberger
197 - No. 8 Hudson Taylor vs. No. 2 Phillip Davis
HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. Stefan Tighe