Feb. 11, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins are coming into this match with one thing on their mind: home. This match against American is the last of a six-match road trip in which the Terps have racked up a 2-3 record.
The road trip started off well as the Terps traveled to Westminster, Md. on Jan. 25th to take on the McDaniel Green Terror. The Terps easily won that match 45-4, posting their highest point total since a 52-0 beating of Coppin State in the 1988-89 season.
The road trip took a turn south as the Terps faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Duke Blue Devils. Losing all three matches was a blow to the Terps as they fell to 4-6 on the season.
In their last match, the Terps got a little momentum as the defeated the Duquesne Dukes 21-13 to push them to within one game of the .500 mark on the season.
Wednesday, in their sixth straight road match, the Terps will take on the American Eagles, at 7:00 p.m. in Bender Arena.
The Eagles have struggled this season, and until February had not posted a win. Their 2-13 season has been highlighted by a 35-15 against Wagner College, and an overtime win against George Mason on February 4th. An interesting matchup will be in the 141-pound division where Maryland freshman John-Henry Zarzkyci will face American freshman Tom Kniezewski. Both have had outstanding seasons this year. Zarzycki for Maryland is second on the team in wins with 18, and ran off a string of three consecutive dual meet wins this past month, while Kniezewski is running on a three-match win streak of his own coming into this match.
The Terp senior duo of Sal Aquia and Jake Stork have been wrestling strong for the Terps recently. They have opened up the past three matches with wins in both the 184, and the 197-pound weight classes have given the Terps momentum early. Aquia is 8-2 on the dual meet season, and is third on the team in pins with 2, while Stork leads the team in both wins and pins.
Stork has won 23 consecutive matches, dating back to the Penn State Open where he lost to Navy's Travis Manion. His 32 wins total this season is already one better than he had all of last season, and his 22 pins still leads the country. This past week despite winning both of his matches, he fell two positions in The Wrestling Mall's rankings to number 16 in the country.
The Terps will be in action next Saturday against Old Dominion at noon. After the match, there will be a gathering to honor Coach John McHugh, and thank him for 25 years of service as the Maryland wrestling coach.