COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-2, 0-2 B1G) will continue its Big Ten schedule on Thursday when it takes on No. 20 Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 B1G) at 8 p.m. It will be Maryland's second conference dual against a ranked opponent, and the first of four-consecutive dual matches against ranked squads.
LAST TIME OUT
Maryland fell to Northwestern on Dec. 2 in its second conference match of the season. Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida continued his dominance, pinning No. 19 Conan Jennings to close out the match.
Maryland also received wins from freshman Kyle Cochran (157) and redshirt sophomore Brendan Burnham (165). Cochran's win was his fourth-straight dual meet win, and Burnham has now won three bouts in a row after closing out the Road Runner Open with a pair of victories.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Wisconsin boasts a strong lineup featuring five wrestlers who have appeared in the InterMat rankings this season. The Badgers dominated their season opener against Pittsburgh, 26-6, and then followed it up with a 22-18 win over CSU-Bakersfield.
The Badgers finished 13th in last season's NCAA Championships, and are paced by a veteran lineup that features four wrestlers of redshirt junior status or older. Redshirt senior Ricky Robertson has been a spark for Wisconsin, posting an impressive 17-2 record this season.
The Maryland wrestling team is 3-2 on the season, with the three wins surpassing the 2016-17 season's win total. The Terps have also won three of their last four matches. Maryland had won three straight matches (first time since 2014-15) before falling to Northwetsern.
Maryland's last win came against Stanford, with junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida clinching the dual win with a takedown in the final seconds of his bout against No. 12 Nathan Butler. The Terps also defeated Campbell (RV), 20-19. Maryland won via tiebreak, with Brandon Cray's (125) fall giving Maryland the one-point win.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida's season is off to a fast start, posting an impressive 8-0 record. Hemida has knocked off four ranked opponents, with three coming in dual meets. The New York-native's wins came against No. 15 Garrett Ryan of Columbia in the NWCA All-Star Classic, No. 20 Jere Heino (Campbell), No. 12 Nathan Butler of Stanford and No. 19 Conan Jennings of Northwestern.
Hemida also captured the heavyweight title at the Road Runner Open, posting a 4-0 record with three wins by fall.
Highly-touted freshman Kyle Cochran has been a solid piece of Maryland's lineup early in his collegiate career.
The Paramus, N.J. native has six wins on the young season, including four-straight in dual meets after knocking off Shayne Oster of Northwestern.
AN EXPERIENCED BUNCH
The Terps will be reeturning 11 wrestlers who started last season. Headlined by three who qualified for the NCAA Tournament, Maryland returns Alex Vargas, Jhared Simmons, Adam Whitesell, Justin Alexander, Patrick Gerish, Josh Ugalde, Idris White and David-Brian Whisler.
In addition to participating in the NCAA Championships, Bannister, Diehl and Hemida all placed at the Big Ten Championships. The three placers are the most ever for Maryland since joining the Big Ten.
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Hemida placed 2nd and picked up an impressive win over the 2017 Maccabiah Games Champion. Smith knocked off a number of formidable opponents en route to a 4th place finish. Over the course of the event he defeated a former Division II National Champion and a former two-time Division I NCAA All-American.
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Hemida served in the role during the 2016-17 season, while Alexander earned the honor for the first time as a Terrapin.