Feb. 11, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The ninth-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team is back in action this weekend with two home dual meets on tap after two weeks off due to unprecedented amounts of snow in the region.
The Terps (No. 9 NWCA Coaches Poll/No. 10 Intermat) host American Friday at 7 p.m. before holding senior day festivities for one of the most decorated classes in school history Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. Hofstra.
"I am looking forward to this weekend," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We get another chance to compete in front of our home crowd. Fridays match will be full of energy. American has had a pretty good year and it's always a tough match. Sunday will be a very special day. Not only is it our last scheduled home dual, but it is Senior Day. We will get to recognize and thank a group of seniors that have been instrumental in the great success that this program had had over the last few years. They could be recognized as the most successful class in program history."
The Terps are 16-4, having won seven of their last eight matches. Maryland has five wrestlers ranked in the top15 of every major poll. Steven Bell is ranked as high as No. 4 (Amateur Wrestling News); Alex Krom is ranked as high as third (Amateur Wrestling News); Josh Asper is No. 14 (Intermat; Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine; Wrestlingreport.com); Mike Letts is ranked as high as fourth (Amateur Wrestling News); and Hudson Taylor is ranked No. 3 by all but one publication.
Maryland will face an American team that has won each of its last five dual meets to improve the team's overall record to 7-6. The Eagles are led by four wrestlers currently ranked in Intermat's top 20. Senior Mike Cannon (184 pounds) and junior Steve Fittery (157 pounds) are both ranked No. 4 in their weight class. Cannon is 18-1 and has won seven straight bouts, while Fittery is 24-1 this season and is riding an 18-match win streak.
American's two other ranked wrestlers are Kyle Borshoff and Jasen Borshoff. Kyle Borshoff is ranked 11th at 149 pounds and Jasen Borshoff is 17-4 at 125 lbs.
The Terps will say goodbye to one of the most successful senior classes on Sunday against Hofstra. Steven Bell, Andrew Bradley, Rich DiPietro, Mookie Golden, James Knox, Alex Krom, Casey Marwine and Hudson Taylor, the school's all-time winningest wrestler, will be honored for their contributions to the program. Brendan Byrne, who chose to forego his final season of eligibility and is now an assistant coach with the team, will also be honored. Hofstra is 5-10-2 on the season and has dropped its last five matches.
No. 9 Maryland Probable Starters
125 - James Knox or Pat Strizki
133 - No. 12 Steven Bell or Mookie Golden
141 - No. 9 Alex Krom or Matt Bogusz
149 - Jon Kohler
157 - Kyle John
165 - No. 14 Josh Asper
174 - Owen Smith or Bradley Nielson
184 - Corey Peltier or Rich DiPietro
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor
285 - Patrick Gilmore