COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A return trip to Madison Square Garden to participate in the Grapple at the Garden and a trip to Ann Arbor to face future Big Ten rival Michigan highlight the University of Maryland wrestling team’s 2013-14 schedule, which head coach Kerry McCoy announced on Wednesday.
After facing Nebraska and Ohio State in the inaugural Grapple at the Garden last year, the Terps are scheduled to match up with Cornell and Rutgers at this year’s event. Maryland will also travel to Stanford as part of a west coast trip that also includes the Roadrunner Open at CSU Bakersfield.
The Terrapins schedule features notable local showdowns against American and Navy, along with their New Year’s trip to Northwestern for the Midlands Championships. The home slate includes the annual Terrapin Duals (Alderson-Broaddus, Johns Hopkins, Kutztown) along with duals against American, Duke, NC State, Penn and Pittsburgh.
"The schedule is a good mix of traditional opponents and new competition along with some exciting trips," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We have our traditional ACC and local rivalries, and in preparation for our transition to the Big Ten we have Michigan on the schedule.
"I think it will challenge our guys, but if we do what we are capable of doing it will be a very successful year."
Maryland unofficially opens its 2013-14 campaign with the Red and Black Wrestle-Offs on Oct. 27 in preparation for the Terrapin Duals on Nov. 3. The Terps will square off against Alderson-Broaddus, Johns Hopkins and Kutztown in the season-opening event.
Following a week off, the Terps head to Stanford to grapple with the Cardinal on Nov. 16 and wrestle in the Roadrunner Open the following day.
Maryland returns home just before Thanksgiving and welcomes Penn to Comcast Pavilion (Nov. 22) before heading to New York City to wrestle the Big Red and Scarlet Knights at the Grapple at the Garden (Dec. 1). The Terps wrestle in their final home meet of 2013 against Pittsburgh on Dec. 6.
After a break for finals and the Christmas holiday, the Terps head to Evanston, Ill., for the prestigious Midlands Championships. The two-day event (Dec. 29-30) features several of the nation’s top teams and wrestlers.
Maryland opens 2014 with five consecutive road dual meets beginning with Michigan (Jan. 5). One week later, the Terps travel to Navy (Jan. 11) following by matchup with defending ACC champion Virginia Tech (Jan. 19). The road trip concludes with a dual at North Carolina (Jan. 24) and at Virginia (Jan. 31).
Maryland has the first of three consecutive home meets against Duke on Feb. 8 and continues the homestand against NC State on Feb. 14. The Terps play host to the Battle of the Beltway against American on Feb. 16 in the final home dual of the season before closing the regular season at George Mason on Feb. 20.
Virginia Tech plays host to the ACC Championships in Blacksburg on March 8. The NCAA Championships are set for March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.