1999-2000: Compiled a 4-4 record after sitting out the early part of the season with a leg injury ... took three of five matches at the Edinboro Open to place fifth ... pinned both Tom Young of Gannon and Pat Fox of Chapel Hill in the consolation bracket ... his win over Young was a season-high for his fastest pin in only 51 seconds ... it also ranked as the sixth-fastest pin of the season on the entire team ... also appeared in three matches at the Millersville Belles Tournament ... won his first match of the year by pinning Chaz Wilder of the College of New Jersey in 52 seconds.
Redshirted in 1998-99: Competed in only one match during the 1998-99 season … appeared in the Penn State Open.
Before Maryland: Earned four varsity letters for wrestling at North Babylon High School in North Babylon, N.Y. … all-league selection for final two seasons … posted a 26-3 record as a senior … 32-4 as a junior.
Personal: Jason Patrick Bencivenga … son of Beutrice and Dominic Bencivenga … born Dec. 2, 1979 … graduated from high school with a 3.0 GPA … majoring in art … lists being a D.J. as one of his interests … president of student government at North Babylon.
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1999-2000 SEASON (freshman): 4-4 MBT L Jeff Moskyok (Duquesne) 8-7 MBT W Chaz Wilder (College of N.J.) F0:52 MBT L Adam Turner (George Mason) 5-3 EO L Vincent Gay (Edinboro) 12-4 EO W Tom Young (Gannon) F0:51 EO W Pat Fox (Chapel Hill) F(NA) EO L Matt Benton (East Freedom) 5-4 EO W Jarred Dressler (Lock Haven) For. **FIFTH PLACE**
1998-99 SEASON: (redshirt) 0-1 PSO L Dennis Papadatos (Hofstra) 16-6