Jan. 10, 2009
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - Among 33 schools and 258 wrestlers, University of Maryland grapplers Lou Ruland, James Knox and Josh Asper all won their respective weight classes Saturday at the "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Classic at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.
Ruland won all five of his matches at 125 pounds, with all coming via decision. The sophomore from Annapolis, Md., started the day with a 5-2 triumph against Jeremiah Biddle of Bloomsburg and followed up with a 10-3 victory against Penn State's Eric Caschera. Ruland advanced to the semifinals with a 7-3 win against Penn's Mark Rappo and advanced to the title bout with a 7-0 win against Dante Rini.
Ruland took the championship with a 5-2 victory against Bloomsburg's Matt Snyder.
Knox, a redshirt junior from Baltimore, had only wrestled in four matches all season coming into the day, but went 4-0 Saturday to take the 133-pound crown.
Like Ruland, Knox gutted out all his wins by decision. Knox, who wrestled unattached, started with an 11-4 win against Hofstra's Jeff Rotella. Things got more difficult the rest of the way, however. Knox won back-to-back 3-1 decisions from Trevour Smith and Michael Bowman before defeating Nassau's Silas Murray, 3-2, in the title match.
Asper, who also wrestled unattached, had an easier time en route to the 165-pound championship.
Asper beat Millersville's Josh Evans, 9-2, in his first match, then won consecutive 10-0 major decisions against Jake Wilson and Eric Gobin. Asper claimed the title with a 9-1 major decision Millersville's Jeremy Brooks.