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Terps Open Home Conference Slate with No. 7 Iowa

Maryland Athletics
12-8-2017
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No. 7 IOWA
Michigan at Maryland
Maryland
Dec. 10, 2017 || XFINITY Center || 1 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-3, 0-3 B1G) will open its home conference schedule with a dual bout against the No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-0, 2-0 B1G) on Sunday. 

It is Star Wars Sunday, where fans can test their knowledge of the movie series to win tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It will also be Club Sports competition day, where University of Maryland club sports teams will compete for $300 worth of Under Armour gear. It is also Maryland's Pride Match, where a select member of the Pride will receive money toward textbooks for the spring semester. 

The match will be streamed on BTN2Go ($). 

LAST TIME OUT

The Terps dropped their daul match with No. 20 Wisconsin on Thursday. It was Maryland's third loss of the season and brought their record to .500 for the second time this season. 

Maryland was paced by No. 10 Youssif Hemida. The heavyweight make quick work of Wisconsin's Ben Stone, pinning the Badger grappler in just 1:11. It was Hemida's fifth win by pinfall this season and it improved his overall record to 9-0. 

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES

The 7th-ranked Hawkeyes come into College Park after knocking off No. 19 Rutgers in a dual match on Friday. 

Iowa’s lineup is paced by its veterans, with only one true freshman and two redshirt freshmen on its roster. The Hawkeyes return eight wrestlers who were members of last year’s squad that finished fourth in the NCAA Championships. Included in those returners is are Brandon Sorensen and Michael Kemerer who finished third in the 149-pound class and 157-pound classes respectively at the NCAA Championships last season.

The Hawkeyes are also anchored by two wrestlers who are in the top-10 wrestlers in Cash Wilcke (197) and Sam Stoll (285). Stoll will match up with Maryland’s heavyweight Youssif Hemida, who made his debut in the InterMat top-10 rankings for the first time in his career this week.

Iowa is coached by Tom Brands, who is in his 12th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes.

SOLID START

The Maryland wrestling team is 3-3 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 9-0 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 and received Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors for the first time in his career. He also became the first Terp to earn the award. 

FRESHMAN FOCUS

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.

TERPS PLACE TWO AT U23 WORLD TRIALS

Junior Youssif Hemida and redshirt sophomore Jaron Smith both placed at the 2017 U23 World Team Trials in October.

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.

MCCOY ANNOUNCES 2017-18 CAPTAINS

Head coach Kerry McCoy announced that junior Youssif Hemida and senior Justin Alexander would be team captains for the 2017-18 season.

Hemida served in the role during the 2016-17 season, while Alexander earned the honor for the first time as a Terrapin.

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