Jan. 7, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team continues through one of the toughest parts of the schedule this season when it heads to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals on Saturday and Sunday.
The Terps finished sixth at the Midlands Championships last weekend, the schools best finish ever at the event. Facing competition from some of the nation's toughest teams, including Iowa, Iowa State and Central Michigan, among others, Maryland had three placewinners and its first ever individual champion. Alex Krom dominated the competition at 141 pounds, going 5-0 to claim the open title. Steven Bell finished runner-up at 133 pounds, while Hudson Taylor was fifth at 197.
Maryland will face much of the same competition at the National Duals, but rather than an open tournament, teams will go head-to-head in dual meets.
"I am very excited for this weekend," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We've had some great workouts the last few days and we'll need to be sharp and wrestle to our potential this weekend. If we do that we are going to do well."
Action gets underway Saturday at noon Eastern, when Maryland, which is seeded No. 7, takes on tournament host Northern Iowa. The Terps will face either No. 2 Iowa State or Bloomsburg in the second round at 4 p.m.
Fans can listen to radio coverage of the duals, which will be steamed live through the internet on Takedownradio.com, as well as watch video, which will also be streamed free of charge at livesportsvideo.com.