June 28, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy today announced the team's schedule for the 2010-11 season and it features seven home meets, including the season-opening Terrapin Duals on Nov. 6.
The slate features a number of opponents the Terps haven't faced in recent years, in addition to a number of top-tier tournaments. Maryland will compete in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic, Northeast Duals, Penn State Open and Midlands Championships in the early part of the season before setting into dual meet competition.
"As usual we have a very competitive schedule and I'm looking forward to seeing how our team responds to new competition," said McCoy. "The goal is always to prepare for the postseason and I'm confident this schedule will do that."
The Terps will play host to McDaniel, Johns Hopkins, Liberty and West Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 6 for the first-ever Terrapin Duals.
Prior to that the team will hold the Red and Black Wrestle-Offs on Oct. 23 at Comcast Pavilion, an annual scrimmage that helps determine the starters at each weight class.
A week after the Terrapin Duals, Maryland will head to Brockport, N.Y., for the 12th annual Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic, which routinely features many of the top wrestling programs from around the nation.
After a week off, the Terps compete in the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y, on Nov. 27. Another tournament full of strong competition, Maryland also competed in the event in 2009, defeating Northern Colorado and No. 12 Lehigh while falling to No. 10 Central Michigan.
The Terps will again wrestle in the Penn State Open in State College, Pa., on Dec. 5 and will head back to the Northeast a week later for a dual meet with Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y. on Dec. 12. Maryland dominated its match with Hofstra last season in College Park, winning 34-6.
For the third straight year, Maryland will compete at the Midlands Championships on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 29 and 30. The Terps are coming off a sixth place finish at the event, the best in school history at the prestigious tournament.
On Jan. 7, Maryland will begin a long stretch of dual meet competition with a trip to Boston for matches with Boston University and Harvard, which finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships last season. The Terps will wrestle for the third time in two days when they take on Brown in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 8.
Maryland then takes one more road trip, this time to Lower Dauphin, Pa., for a matchup with Bucknell on Jan. 15, before returning home for four straight dual meets.
The Terps face off in their annual, highly-anticipated matchup with Navy on Jan. 22 at Comcast Pavilion. Maryland had won two straight over the Midshipmen before falling 19-15 in Annapolis last season.
The next day, the Terps open Atlantic Coast Conference action when Virginia Tech visits College Park. The two teams tied for the ACC regular season championship with 4-0 records last season after their head-to-head match was cancelled due to snow.
Maryland will continue ACC action the following weekend when it plays host to North Carolina on Jan. 29 and will take a week off before hosting defending ACC Champion Virginia on Feb. 11.
The Terps take a brief break from conference action to face local rival American on Feb. 13 in Washington D.C. Maryland will close the conference slate with dual meets against North Carolina State and Duke in Raleigh, N.C. on either Feb. 18 or 19.
Local non-conference foe George Mason visits College Park on Feb. 20 for the last dual meet of the season.
Following a two-week break, Maryland will look to win its third ACC Championship in the past four seasons on March 5 in Charlottesville.
Maryland's NCAA qualifiers will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., March 17-19, where the Terps will look for their third consecutive top-20 finish.