Aug. 20, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off one of the best seasons in school history, the University of Maryland wrestling program recently took the next step forward with the announcement of the 2008-09 schedule.
First-year head coach Kerry McCoy is excited about the challenging slate for his defending ACC champion Terrapins as the schedule includes matches against national powers Iowa, Missouri, Lehigh, Nebraska and Penn State among others.
"The schedule will definitely be fun and challenging. We have a lot of tough matchups, which will ensure that we are prepared for the end of the year," McCoy said.
The season begins with the annual Red & Black Wrestle-Offs exhibition on October 24.
Regular-season play starts November 1 at the Fighting Scot Duals in Edinboro, Pa., where the Terps won two of three matches a season ago. The Terps will participate in the Eastern Michigan Open the next day.
November 9 will be an emotional match as Maryland heads to Lehigh to face the Mountain Hawks, now coached by Pat Santoro, who coached the Terps the last five seasons. McCoy also has plenty of history with Lehigh and Santoro. McCoy and Santoro shared the sidelines as assistants at Lehigh and Santoro was an assistant at Penn State when McCoy was on the wrestling team.
"Lehigh has a great tradition in wrestling and has a very good team," McCoy said. "It will definitely be an emotionally-charged match. I know it will be a battle. Coach Santoro is a great coach and I know his guys will be ready. No matter what happens it's going to be a great match."
While the majority of the team will be at Lehigh, some team members will be in Lansing, Mich. the same day to participate in the Michigan State Open.
A partial team will be at the East Stroudsburg Open November 15 before participating in the Body Bar Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. November 22.
Maryland is again in New York November 29 for the Northeast Duals in Guilderland, N.Y. The Terps will face Drexel, defending national champion Iowa and Missouri in the competition.
McCoy returns to his alma mater December 7 for the Penn State Open.
The first home match is scheduled for December 14 against Princeton with trips to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Evanston Ill. to follow the next two weekends.
Atlantic Coast Conference competition begins January 11 with a home tilt against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Following the North Carolina matchup, the Terps have exciting road confrontations at Oklahoma on January 16 and at Nebraska January 18.
ACC competition renews January 24 in Raleigh, N.C., where the Terps will face both NC State and Duke.
In-state rival Navy comes to College Park on January 30 for what should be a closely-contested match after the Terps defeated the Midshipmen, 21-18, in Annapolis, Md. last season.
The Terps are again in Edinboro, Pa. February 7 for the Edinboro Open before more regional competition. Only a partial roster will be sent to Edinboro.
Maryland visits Virginia Tech February 8 and makes the short trip to Washington, D.C. February 13 to face American University.
The regular season concludes with a pair of home matches against George Mason and conference rival Virginia February 21 and 22, respectively.
The ACC Championships will be held March 7th in Blacksburg, Va., where the Terps will look to repeat as conference champions. The NCAA Championships are set to take place March 19-21 in St. Louis, where the Terps finished 21st a season ago, highlighted by a third-place national finish in the 197-pound division by Hudson Taylor.