Red & Black Wrestle-Offs Scheduled for Friday Evening

Oct. 23, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 17th-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team is participating in the annual Red & Black Wrestle-Offs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comcast Pavilion.

The yearly exhibition pits the Terrapins' roster against itself, dividing it into a red team and black team. It is the only exhibition of the season before the season gets underway next Saturday at the Fighting Scot Duals in Edinboro, Pa.

The Terps will honor the 2007-08 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team briefly before the match begins and an official ceremony will be held in Heritage Hall afterward.

Seven Maryland wrestlers are ranked in the top 25 in their weight class by various wrestling publications heading into the season.

All-American Hudson Taylor is ranked No. 2 by every publication after finishing third nationally a season ago. The other ranked wrestlers include Mike Letts (174 pounds), Steven Bell (133 pounds), Eric Medina (149 pounds), Brian Letters (157 pounds), Alex Krom (141 pounds) and Brendan Byrne (125 pounds).

Admission is free. Red and Black team assignments are not yet finalized.

Red & Black Wrestle-Offs Probable Matchups

125 - Brendan Byrne vs. Lou Ruland
133 - No. 12 Steven Bell vs. Matt Bogusz
133 - Mike Hromada vs. Brian Marcoux
141 - Alex Krom vs. Jon Kohler
149 - No. 14 Eric Medina vs. Steve Fehnel
Exh. - Jake Stout vs. Cory Biscaha
157 - Kyle John vs. Matt MacLean
Exh. - Shawn Mazzarone vs. Danny Bichner
Exh. - Corey Peltier vs. Patrick Klenkel
184 - Owen Smith vs. Chris Lloyd
197 - Tommy Sitar vs. No. 2 Hudson Taylor
HWT - Patrick Gilmore vs. Owen Duffy