Feb. 14, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
One Last Hurrah
Head coach John McHugh, who will retire following the 2003 season after 25 years of coaching the Terps, will be honored in a post-match social in Heritage Hall after Saturday's match with Old Dominion. The social is open to all fans and alumni. 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 Coaching Association
Senior Jake Stork has been virtually unbeatable all season long. His 33-4 record is the best on the team, and ranks amongst the best nationally. He is currently on a 24-match win streak, including 12 consecutive in dual meets. His 22 pins are still good for tops in the country for the eighth consecutive week.
Both freshmen John-Henry Zarzycki and Jason Kiessling have wrestled strong. Zarzycki is second on the team in wins with 21, and Kiessling is second on the team in pins with four. 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 12 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, including a pin of Ryan Meehan (West Point) in 3:50. Zarzycki has blossomed more of late. He has won seven of his last nine matches and has recorded two dual meet pins in the last two weeks.
Both seniors Jake Stork and Sal Aquia have been wrestling great of late. In the last four matches, the wrestlers have a combined 7-0 record. Against, North Carolina, Duke, and Duquesne both Stork and Aquia won the opening two bouts of the match to give the Terps a strong start. In the latest match, Stork earned a victory and Aquia earned a forfeit against American while wrestling in the eighth and ninth bouts of the day, respectively.
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 The Wrestling Mall and 18th by W.I.N Magazine.
The Terps and the Monarchs have posted similar results against similar opponents. In a Jan. 17th meeting with the American Eagles, the Old Dominion Monarchs racked up 42 points, their highest point total of the season, while the Terps, who faced American last Wednesday, posted 40 points in their second highest point total of the season. Both teams have also wrestled the NC State Wolfpack. The Wolfpack beat the Terps in the final bout of the day to pull out a 22-15 win, while they more than doubled up on the Monarchs with a 25-12 win on Feb. 1. The Monarchs already wrestled and lost to the Virginia Cavilers, who the Terps are slated to face Wednesday, Feb. 19 in their final match of the regular season.
Turn the Tide
The Old Dominion Monarchs enter today's match coming off of a rough week which saw them lose two matches by at least 20 points. Last Saturday, Drexel handed the Monarchs their worst loss of the season, 29-6. On Sunday, Virginia handed them their second worst loss of the season, 34-13. With a full week between matches, the Monarchs should be well rested for today's matchup.
Jake Stork may be given a run for his 24-match win streak when he faces likely starter freshman Adam Wright. Wright is 23-6 on the season, including 11-2 in dual meet action. Derrell Lorthridge has been a star for the Monarchs so far this season. He is 22-5 overall, with an 11-2 dual meet record, including eight pins in the heavyweight division. Another bright spot for the Monarchs is Ben Summerlin, who leads the team in pins with nine. Summerlin has also racked up a 21-3 record, including 10-2 in dual meet action.