Jan. 27, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps are looking to continue their hot streak this Wednesday night as they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in New Brunswick, N.J. at 7:30 p.m.
After beating George Mason handily last week 31-9, the Terps travelled to Westminster, Md. to take on the McDaniel Green Terror. The Green Terror brought out the best in the Terps, as they won easily 45-4. Led by four pins and three major decisions, the Terps had their highest offensive putout since a 52-0 beating of Coppin State in the 1988-89 season.
Many of the individual Terps enter the match on personal hot streaks, but none hotter than frehsman John-Henry Zarzycki who in the past three matches has scored two big pins. Against NC State, Zarzycki pinned Ryan McCallum to draw the Terps even with the Wolfpack at six points a piece, and against McDaniel, his pin of Matt Shutt in 2:34 was the spark to eight consecutive bouts won by the Terps. Zarzycki earned a forfeit against George Mason.
As has been the case for four weeks running now, senior Jake Stork leads the NCAA in the 184-pound weight class in pins with 21. Also to note, his 28 wins is just three shy of his total of 31 from a season ago. With seven more matches to go, as well as the ACC tournament and the NCAA tournament Stork is on track to shatter last years total number of wins. If Stork continues the pace he is on now, there is a chance he could finish with as many as pins this season as he had wins last season. Last season Rutger's Tom Tannis handed Stork his first and only loss of the dual meet season. Although Tannis did graduate, Stork will look to keep his 19 match win streak alive against likely opponent Rudy Medini, who leads Rutgers in both number of pins (5), and number of times pinned (4).
The Terps are looking to knock off the Scarlet Knights for the second season in a row after beating them 20-16 on the back of a Joe Guzzio pin late in the match last season.
For the Terps, the likely starters at 197 and 174 pounds, Sal Aquia and Patrick Cissne respectively will have their hands full as they will face a pair of wrestlers who have posted 8-1 records in dual meet action so far this season. Ryan McGrath, the Scarlet Knights top wrestler on the season at 18-4 in the 197-pound weight class, and Andrew Roy, 15-5 overall, in the 174 pound weight class have been catalystist for the Scarlet Knights who are 6-3 on the dual meet season including a 46-0 win over Wagner on Jan. 18.
These two opponents are not unfamiliar, they have both competed in the Wilkes-Barre Open as well as the Hitchcock Memorial Classic. The only common opponent Rutgers and Maryland have is Navy who beat both teams, Rutgers by a score of 18-11, and Maryland by a score of 26-9.