Jan. 14, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
One Last Hurrah
Head coach John McHugh will retire after 25 years of coaching the Terps. McHugh will leave behind a legacy that includes more than 250 wins, and two ACC Coach of the Year awards. He has coached six wrestlers to All-American status, and 25 to ACC championships. He has been honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Service Award for Coaching, and was elected to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Hall of Fame to go along with a 25-Year Service Award presented by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Senior captain Jake Stork has been virtually unbeatable thus far this season. He leads the Terps in both wins (24) and pins (19), and has finished in the top five of five different tournaments, including two consecutive wins in the Wilkes-Barre Open and the Hitchcock Memorial Classic. His 19 pins is already three more than he recorded all of last season, and his 24 wins is more than a dozen more than he had at this same point last season.
Both freshmen John-Henry Zarzycki and Jason Kiessling have wrestled strong. Zarzycki is second on the team in wins with 15, and Kiessling is tied for second on the team in pins with three. Zarzycki has been strong all season, and was able to capture fifth place at the Penn State Open after winning six of seven matches. He also recorded a win against Jason Galiato of Montclair for his first collegiate dual meet victory. Kiessling's 11 wins also ranks him among the top five for the Terps, and his season was highlighted in the first tournament in East Stroudsburg where he recorded four wins and his first pin against Ryan Meehan (Army) in 3:50.
Dual Meet Dominance
Senior Sal Aquia joins Jake Stork as the only other wrestler to remain unbeaten through the first three dual meets of the season. Aquia breezed through all three matches, dominating thoroughly. He defeated Matthew Pollar of Anderson 12-2, Dennis Gaul of Montclair 13-4, and Robert Cuffie 7-2 to jump out to 3-0 on the dual meet season. Stork was able to get by in his first two dual meets by pinning both wrestlers, Brian Kaufman (Anderson) and Chris Falato (Montclair), in under two minutes each. Against Brockport's Tevon Fordyce, Stork had one of his closest matches of the season, squeezing by with a 4-2 win.
The Terps will try to avenge a 24-12 loss at the hands of Navy last season. The Midshipmen are 4-4 on the season including a last-second win against Rutgers on Jan. 11. Senior John Blackford filled in for injured captain Steve Kovach to win a 5-4 decision over Frank Sabatino to clinch the victory. The Midshipmen have also wrestled well in various tournaments, finishing third at the Navy Classic and winning the Orange Bowl Sunshine Open held in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jake Stork cracked the top 25 to begin the season, and was ranked as high as 14th in the country according to Amateur Wrestling News. Currently Stork is ranked 16th by both Amateur Wrestling News, and W.I.N Magzine, and 17th by The Wrestling Mall.
Saturday, Jan. 18 vs. NC State
The match on Saturday Jan. 18 will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Ritchie Coliseum due to a conflict with a men's basketball game at the Comcast Center.
On Saturday, Feb. 15th there will be a wrestling social held in Heritage Hall open to all fans and alumni in part to honor coach McHugh's 40 years of coaching. The social will be held after the noon match against Old Dominion.