No. 9 Wrestling Prepared For Wendy's Duals

Jan. 15, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The ninth-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team is set to travel to Ashland, Ohio, to take part in the Wendy's Duals on Sunday.

The Terps have three matches on Sunday - Purdue at 10 a.m., Ashland at noon, and No. 14 Kent State at 2 p.m. Maryland has spent much of the past month competing against some of the nation's best competition, including meets at the Midlands Championships and the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals. This will be the final trip to the Midwest for Maryland before getting into the heavy part of the conference slate.

"There's a lot of importance in this coming week," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "This is another great chance for us to compete against some great teams on a national stage. The high level of competition we have faced will have us ready to move forward through the rest of the season."

Purdue is 8-3 on the season and finished 11th at the Midlands Championships, a tournament Maryland finished sixth at. In their most recent action, the Boilermakers lost to Rider and Old Dominion before defeating UNC Greensboro on Jan. 3.

Ashland, the tournament host, is 4-4 on the season. Competing at the Duals at Lakota West High School on Jan. 9, the Eagles defeated Indianapolis and Limestone while falling to Mt. St. Joseph.

Maryland's toughest competition on the day could come from No. 14 Kent State. The Golden Flashes are 10-1 this season, with their lone loss coming at the hands of Penn State, which is ranked No. 13 by Intermat this week. Kent State appears to be particularly strong at the middle and upper weights - it came back from an 18-4 deficit to defeat then-No. 24 Virginia Tech, 25-18, at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 9.

The Terps, meanwhile, have five wrestlers ranked in Intermat's top 20 - Hudson Taylor is ranked third (197 pounds); Mike Letts is fifth (174); Alex Krom is No. 8 (141); Steven Bell is tenth (133); and Josh Asper is No. 15 at 165 pounds. Maryland is coming off a seventh place finish in its first ever appearance at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals.

The Terps return home on Saturday, Jan. 23 for a tri-meet with N.C. State at noon and Duke at 3 p.m.

No. 9 Maryland Probable Starters
125 - James Knox
133 - No. 10 Steven Bell
141 - No. 8 Alex Krom
149 - Jon Kohler
157 - Kyle John
165 - No. 15 Josh Asper
174 - No. 5 Mike Letts
184 - Corey Peltier
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor
HWT - Patrick Gilmore

Purdue Probable Starters
125 - Cashé Quiroga
133 - Akif Eren
141 - Juan Archuleta
149 - Nick Bertucci or Sam Patacsil
157 - Colton Salazar
165 - Jason Martin
174 - No. 6 Luke Manuel
184 - Nick Corpe
197 - No. 11 Logan Brown
HWT - Adam Walls

Ashland Probable Starters
125 - Brandon Davis
133 - Jacob Creed/Jacob Garringer
141 - Dan Genetin/Scott Meyer
149 - T.J. Riegel
157 - Hunter Pool
165 - Tony Bradberry
174 - Tom Graszl/Tom Kerrigan
184 - Justin Cheesman
197 - Jake Ewing
HWT - Tyler Houska/Tyler Hawkins

No. 14 Kent State Probable Starters
125 -Troy Opfer
133 -No. 13 Danny Mitcheff
141 -Chase Skonieczny
149 -Tommy Sasfy
157 - Mallie Shuster
165 -Tice or Obie Simpson
174 -.Keith Witt
184 -No. 5 Dustin Kilgore
197 -Adam Cogar
HWT -Brendan Barlow