Sal Aquia
Sal Aquia

Player Profile

Baltimore, Md.

High School:
Archbishop Curley (Blair)

197 pounds


Career Record:
51-32 (10-11 in duals)

As a Junior: Did not wrestle.

As a Sophomore: Regular starter at 174 pounds … posted a 16-11 overall record including a 5-5 dual meet record … finished fourth in the ACC Championships at 174 pounds … compiled a 10-4 record in tournaments … won three matches including an impressive 21-8 major decision over Penn’s Michael Reitmeyer … placed second at Millersville Invitational … won three matches to finished fourth at East Stroudsburg Open.

Redshirted in 1999-2000: Decided to redshirt the 1999-2000 season to build up his strength ... finished the season at 18-5 ... accumulated the sixth most wins despite being a redshirt ... winning percentage (.783) ranked second on the team to ACC champion Brandon York (.810) ... his three top 3 finishes also ranked him second to York (6) ... started off the season with four straight wins in the West Virginia Open to finish second ... lost to West Virginia's Sam Kline in the finals ... flew through the first four rounds of the East Stroudsburg Open to reach his second straight tournament final ... won the first two matches by a combined 38-9 score ... defeated 1999 ACC champion Corey Bell of North Carolina in the semifinals, 8-7 ... lost to Harvard's Ed Mosely in the championship ... won four matches at the Penn State Open to finish sixth ... finish in a team-high third place at the holiday break Wilkes Open on Dec. 29 ... won four straight in the consolation bracket.

As a Freshman: Regular starter for Maryland at 165 pounds … posted a 5-6 dual record … 17-16 overall for the season … recorded three falls … finished fourth in the ACC Tournament … won his first-ever collegiate match with a 6-2 decision of Dave Bubnowski in the East Stroudsburg Open … took four of six matches at the Wilkes Open … finished third at the Millersville Belles Tournament by winning his final three matches … won his first career dual and first ACC match by defeating John Grochowski of NC State on Jan. 22 … put together a streak of four consecutive dual victories from Feb. 16 through March 6 … pinned Old Dominion's Alex Plasencia in the final minute of the third period to lead the Terps to an upset win over the Monarchs … defeated NC State's Kyle Guffey, 14-6, in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

Before Maryland: Came to Maryland after a post-graduate year at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.,where he compiled a 14-10 record … attended Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Md. … captained a team for his final two seasons that reached the No. 1 ranking in Maryland … state champ as a senior … runner-up as a junior … national prep champion … earned all-metro and all city-county first team … 38-2 record as a senior … finished 31-3 as a junior.

Personal: Salvatore Aquia, Jr. … son of Rosalina and Salvatore Aquia … born Sept. 24, 1979 … graduated from high school with a 3.2 GPA … plans to major in business … also recruited by Virginia and Franklin & Marshall … brother Tony wrestled for Maryland and graduated in 1996.

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1999-2000 SEASON (redshirt): 18-5
WVO    W    Michael Nicholades (Unattached)        14-3
WVO    W    Robbie Moutoux (Virginia)              14-4
WVO    W    Luke Lazzo (Navy)                      13-11
WVO    W    Everett Bell (Seton Hall)              5-4
WVO    L    Sam Kline (West Virginia)              25-10
ESO    W    Mike Schiff (Middlesex)                16-3
ESO    W    Jesse Thurston (Lock Haven)            T22-6, 5:24
ESO    W    Pat O'Donnell (Harvard)                7-5
ESO    W    Corey Bell (North Carolina)            8-7
ESO    L    Ed Mosley (Harvard)                    13-4
PSO    W    Ryan Smirich (Kutztown)                F3:20
PSO    W    Ken Clark (Edinboro)                   9-4
PSO    L    William Hill (Michigan State)          11-3
PSO    W    Charles Campbell (George Mason)        13-6
PSO    W    Keith Blose (Rider)                    3-2
PSO    L    Mark Becks (Penn State)                8-3
WO     W    Thomas Brinzer (F&M)                   12-8
WO     W    Ben Cooper (Buffalo)                   9-7
WO     L    Cassidy Shults (Bloomsburg)            11-3
WO     W    John Opfar (Slippery Rock)             8-2
WO     W    Mack Rohaly (Duquesne)                 11-5
WO     W    Everett Bell (Seton Hall)              Med. For.
WO     W    Justin Haskins (Rutgers)               6-5

1998-99 SEASON (freshman): 17-16 ESO W Dave Bubnowski (Unattached) 6-2 ESO L Kevin Brandon (George Mason) 15-9 ESO W Larry Obst (Harvard) F0:43 ESO W Vince Harris (Coppin St.) TF, 24-8 ESO L Quentin Bell (N. Carolina) 6-5 PSO W John Wechter (Michigan St.) 12-6 PSO L Joel Trim (Central Michigan) F1:46 *CSC L Keith Patterson (Coppin St.) 3-2 WBO W Dan Degan (Boston College) 12-7 WBO W John Russo (Rutgers) 8-6, sv WBO L Jim Stanec (Cornell) 9-7 WBO W Bon Pizzuto (Rider) 9-4 WBO W Hunter Guenot (Bloomsburg) 3-2 WBO L Josh Weidman (Maryland) 6-5 MI L Chris Roggiz (Messiah) 6-5 MI W Chris Wynne (U. Penn) 9-0 MI W Gordon Reppord (Campbell) 10-2 MI W Billy Green (Campbell) 10-7 **THIRD PLACE** *NA L Karl Haywood (Navy) F3:40 *JM L Kris Bishop (James Madison) 9-7 *NC W John Grochowski (NC State) 5-2 *GM L Mark Weader (George Mason) 8-5 *UNC L Dan Calhoun (N. Carolina) 9-3 CC L Denis Papadatos (Hofstra) 14-8 CC L Travis Doto (Lehigh) 13-3 *AU W Forfeit Forfeit *DU L Matt Mapes (Duke) 6-3 *VA W Greg Fransesca (Virginia) 9-4 *HU W Milton Yates (Howard) 11-3 *OD W Alex Plasencia (Old Dominion) F6:31 ACC W Kyle Guffey (NC State) 14-6 ACC L Jim Harshaw (Virginia) 10-4 ACC L Dan Calhoun (N. Carolina) 5-2 **FOURTH PLACE**