Santoro Inks Nationally Ranked Recruiting Class

Aug. 13, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland wrestling team and head coach Pat Santoro have announced the incoming class for the 2007-08 season which has been recognized nationally by Wrestling International Newsmagazine (WIN). The publication ranked the Terrapins' recruiting class 21st in the nation.

The incoming student-athletes will join a Terps team that recorded their best season in program history in 2006-07 as they went 17-5 in duals. That tied the school record for wins in a season as Maryland also won 17 in 1990. They also finished 5-0 in the ACC and clinched its first outright conference dual meet championship since 1974.

Jason Kiessling, sophomore Mike Letts, and sophomore Hudson Taylor all advanced to the NCAA Championships last season which is the most wrestlers Maryland has sent since 2001. Taylor came up one win short of All-America status as he lost the eighth place match, 4-3.

The following is a brief list of accomplishments of the incoming class:

Rhett Beattie
Rockville, Md./Sherwood HS

Maryland state finalist ... set the Montgomery County record for most consecutive dual meet wins with 65 ... finished his high school career with a 120-17 record at Sherwood.

Matt Bogusz
Allentown, Pa./Parkland HS

2007 District XI Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... 2007 District 11 Champion as well as three-time District 11 finalist ... 2007 Northeast Regional Champion and three time Regional finalist ... amassed 124 wins in his career for Parkland.

Cory Biscaha
Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial HS

District 21 and Region 6 Champion ... 2006 New Jersey state placer ... comes to Maryland from New Jersey's powerhouse Jackson Memorial.

Owen Duffy
Lutherville, Md./Loyola HS

2007 National Prep All-American ... capped off his career with a senior season that included 51 wins and 24 falls ... Owen's 51 victories in a season is the most in Loyola.

Jake Fedechko
Glassboro, N.J./Blair Academy

2005 FILA Cadet Freestyle All-American ... finished high school career with 96 wins competing for Dalsea High School and Woodstown High School ... regional champion ... two-time district champion ... attended prestigious Blair Academy for a year before joining Maryland.

Dan Hawvermale
Sandy Springs, Md./Good Counsel HS

Three-time MIAA Independent School state placer ... finished career with over 100 victories at Good Counsel.

Kyle John
Coopersburg, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic

Finished sixth at the Pennsylvania State Championships ... two-time District 11 Champion ... two-time regional champion ... accumulated 130 wins for Bethlehem Catholic.

Dexter Lederer
Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy HS

Two-time Pennsylvania state place winner ... three-time Pa. Freestyle State Champion ... two-time Pa. Greco Roman State Champion ... 2005 Cadet Freestyle All-American with a sixth place finish at the FILA Cadet Freestyle National Championships ... concluded high school career with 144 victories at Neshaminy.

Brian Letters
Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel HS

Finished third at the 2007 Pennsylvania State Championships ... 2006 Powerade Champion ... placed third at 2007 Ironman ... four-time WPIAL place winner ... finished high school career with 157 wins for Fox Chapel.

Matt MacLean
Old Tappan, N.J./Old Tappan HS

2007 NJ State third place finish ... two-time District 8 Champion ... finished career with 110 victories for Old Tappan.

Eric Medina
Blair Academy, N.J.

Three-time National Prep Champion ... Cadet Freestyle National Champion ... two-time Ironman Champion ... 2005 Beast of the East champion as well as a three-time Beast of the East place finisher ... ranked No. 1 in the country at 145 pounds by WIN Magazine and is ranked 10th-best recruit in the country, regardless of weight class, on Intermat.

Will Sharbaugh
Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman HS

2006 Asics Junior Freestyle All-American ... won 2006 Maryland State Championship and was a three-time Maryland state placer ... finished career with 125 wins which ranks second all time in Walt Whitman history.

Shawn Steets
Marlton, N.J./Cherokee HS

Won a District 27 title for Cherokee at 140 pounds ... two-time Region I place winner ... compiled 30 wins as a senior.

Pat Strizki
Flemington, N.J./Flemington Hunterdon Central High School

2007 New Jersey State runner-up as well as a three-time New Jersey state placer ... three-time N.J. district and regional champion ... NHSCA Senior High School National All-American at 119 pounds ... ranked 10th-best recruit by Intermat among all seniors at 119 pounds.