Terps Host Annual Media Day

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy was joined by student-athletes Youssif Hemida, Ryan Diehl and Kyle Cochran for the team's annual Media Day on Wednesday. 

McCoy spoke for the first time this season, ahead of Thursday's Red-Black Wrestle-Offs. 

Quotes from Wednesday's Media Day are below. 

Head Coach Kerry McCoy:

Opening Statement:

“Were excited about this year. One thing that kept coming up about this year is progress and moving forward. We have a great group of individuals coming back this year and we have talented new guys coming in. I am excited about what we have in store. We had great training at the beginning of this year. A lot of our guys were involved in different things this offseason and some got to travel the country. We even had a couple guys go to the Olympic Training Center. This year poses some unique opportunities with the teams were are competing against. I'm really looking forward to a great year.”

On how the team has transformed during the offseason:

“I think the biggest thing that we have talked about is accountability. A lot of guys are holding each other more accountable. Our focus has always been to be better technically. We are putting a premium at all positions. Overall they want to win at the highest level.”

On how Youssif Hemida will try to grow this season:

“The goal is pretty simple. He wants to be on the All-American podium. He's another guy who had a great summer. He went out the Olympic Training Center and trained with the best juniors and some of the best seniors. We are looking forward to big things from him.”

On if there is any difference in opening up the season with a B1G opponent in Rutgers:

“The biggest difference is getting to compete against one of the top teams in the country right out of the gate. Usually we give our guys a little warm up, but starting out with not only a conference match, but one of the best teams in the country, puts a little more emphasis on that match. The guys know they need to be ready right out of the gate. We have some freshmen that will be competing for a starting lineup spot so we have to make that decision sooner rather than later.”

Freshman Kyle Cochran

On the transition from high school to college:

“The training room is much more of a battle. Every person you’re going up against is a complete battle. You always have to be on your toes and always have the best mindset. I’m starting to look at it as the same process. I have to wrestle the same as I always have, but better and harder.”

Redshirt junior Ryan Diehl

On how the momentum from the Big Ten Championships carries over to this year:

“Participating in the Big Ten Championships was a heck of an experience. It was the first time I got to do it and it’s the biggest wrestling conference there is. Looking forward I want to place first or second.”