Dec. 9, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After competing away from home for over a month, the University of Maryland wrestling team returns to College Park for a dual meet against Penn Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion.
No. 7 Maryland is off to a 6-1 start in dual competition, having recorded wins over then-No. 4 Cornell and then-No. 12 Lehigh. The Terps have six wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of their weight class in Intermat's latest rankings, and nine of ten starters ranked in at least one wrestling publication.
"I am looking forward to the match," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We have had a good semester so far and it's important for us to finish on a good note. Penn has always been tough, so our guys need to be ready. I am also excited to be competing at home again as our guys love being in front of the home crowd. I hope we get a lot of students out as well. Hopefully they will see it as a great way to finish the semester and have a break before finals."
Maryland's starters are a combined 99-30, including 53-17 in dual meets so far this season. Last weekend, No. 3 Hudson Taylor became the winningest wrestler in school history by recording his 140th win, beating the previous record of 139, set by Brandon York. Taylor also took over as the career leader in pins (72), and was recognized as ACC Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.
After competing in a pair of early-season tournaments, Penn opened dual meet competition at the Northeast Duals on Nov. 28. There, the Quakers went 2-1, with victories over Sacred Heart and Appalachian State, and a loss to Michigan. Gabe Burak and Scott Giffin were 3-0 in the duals, highlighted by Burak's decision over then-No. 19 Aaron Hynes.
Most recently, the Quakers competed in the Nittany Lion Open, where junior Bryan Ortenzio won the title at 133 pounds and Zack Kemmerer finished second at 141.
Friday will be Greek/Campus organization night, with the largest fraternity/sorority or campus organization winning a prize.
Probable Matchups - No. 7 Maryland vs. Penn (Maryland listed first)
125 - James Knox (13-4) vs. Mark Rappo (7-4)
133 - No. 8 Steven Bell (10-1) or Mookie Golden (6-4) vs. Bryan Ortenzio (12-3)
141 - No. 12 Alex Krom (5-2) or Matt Bogusz (12-4) vs. Zack Kemmerer (16-2)
149 - Jon Kohler (8-6) vs. Troy Hernandez (8-6)
157 - No. 19 Kyle John (14-3) vs. Jake Hunter (1-5)
165 - Josh Asper (14-2) vs. Gabe Burak (18-2)
174 - No. 6 Mike Letts (14-3) vs. Scott Giffin (11-1)
184 - Corey Peltier (6-5) vs. Harrison Cook (4-7)
197 - No. 3 Hudson Taylor (17-0) vs. Micah Burak (11-4)
HWT - No. 20 Patrick Gilmore (12-4) vs. Tyler Blakely (4-5)