No. 21 Wrestling Gears Up For Pair Of Non-Conference Contests On The Road

Feb. 1, 2008

  • Terps, ACC and MPSSAA Team Up

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 21 Maryland wrestling team hits the road for a pair of duals this weekend. The Terrapins head to Philadelphia on February 2 to face Penn (5-4) before heading further north to New York City to take on Columbia (2-3) on Super Bowl Sunday. The Terps (12-3) are currently riding an eight-match winning streak.

    Maryland took down NC State and Duke last Saturday by a combined 60-17 at Comcast Pavilion to improve to 4-0 in the ACC. Maryland has now won nine-straight ACC dual meets which is something that has not happened since 1974. The Terps are also 13-1 over the last three seasons within the conference.

    The Terps stand alone at the top of the ACC with its unblemished record. Virginia and NC State are tied for second in the conference at 1-1.

    Five Maryland wrestlers went 2-0 last weekend including sophomores Brendan Byrne, Steven Bell, Mike Letts, and Hudson Taylor, and freshman Brian Letters.

    Byrne was impressive as he started off by pinning NC State's Taylor Cummings, the defending ACC champion at 125 pounds, in the first period. Byrne then went on to beat Kellan McKeon of Duke, 5-4, in his second match.

    Bell and Letters won their four matches by decision. Bell improved his record to 20-7 at 133 pounds while Letters has now won five straight and is 14-9 on the season.

    Taylor and Letts had identical days, forcing their opponents from NC State into injury defaults before beating their opponents from Duke with major decisions. Letts improved to 15-4 on the season at 174 pounds while Taylor is 23-2 at 197.

    Penn, which is receiving votes in the latest national poll, features three wrestlers in the individual rankings. Byrne (13-10) is slated to face No. 8 Rollie Peterkin who is 17-2 on the year. Cesar Grajales (21-3) is ranked No. 14 at 149 pounds but freshman Eric Medina (16-9) will have upset on his mind. Finally, No. 17 Zack Shanaman (16-5) will square off against Maryland's Mike McGill (9-5).

    Columbia enters the weekend at 2-3 having won its last two duals against Wyoming and American. It will also face Bucknell on Friday night. Two of the three Lions' losses came against teams the Terps have beaten already this season including Navy and Michigan.

    Probable Matchups vs. Penn (Maryland listed first)
    125 - Brendan Byrne vs. No. 8 Rollie Peterkin
    133 - Steven Bell vs. Bryan Ortenzio
    141 - Jon Kohler vs. Andrew Valenti or Rick Rappo
    149 - Eric Medina vs. No. 14 Cesar Grajales
    157 - Brian Letters vs. Rob Hitschler
    165 - Mike McGill vs. No. 17 Zack Shanaman
    174 - No. 9 Mike Letts vs. Jeff Zannetti or Scott Giffin
    184 - No. 18 Josh Haines vs. Lior Zamir
    197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor vs. Thomas Shovlin
    HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. Trey McLean

    Probable Matchups vs. Columbia
    125 - Brendan Byrne vs. Brandon Kinney
    133 - Steven Bell vs. Jerome Greco
    141 - Jon Kohler vs. Nick Standish
    149 - Eric Medina vs. Antony Constantino
    157 - Brian Letters vs. Matt Dunn
    165 - Mike McGill vs. Victor Mocco
    174 - No. 9 Mike Letts vs. Trvais Creagan
    184 - No. 18 Josh Haines vs. Kenji Porter
    197 - No. 7 Hudson Taylor vs. Nick Sommerfield
    HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. TBD