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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandy Springs, Md./Good Counsel HS
Three-time MIAA Independent School state placer ... finished career with over 100 victories at Good Counsel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.