COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland wrestling team (3-5, 0-5 B1G) will continue its conference slate with a dual at No. 16 Nebraska (2-3, 0-1 B1G) on Sunday. It will be Maryland's second conference dual of the weekend, previously falling to No. 2 Ohio State, 45-3.
LAST TIME OUT
The Terps dropped their dual against Ohio State Friday, 45-3. The second-ranked Buckeyes boasted an impressive lineup that featured nine ranked wrestlers, including two who are the top-ranked grapplers in their respective weight classes.
Youssif Hemida continued his strong season, picking up his 16th win of the season with an 8-1 decision over Ohio State's Kevin Snyder.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
Nebraska fell in its Big Ten opener on Friday, 18-17 by criteria. The two squads battled back and forth throughout the match, but Illinois tied the score with a win in the night's final bout at 125 pounds and then earned the win by criteria.
The Huskers have now lost three-consecutive matches after beginning the season with back-to-back victories. Their lineup features two wrestlers who qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships: Colton McCrystal and Tyler Berger. As a team Nebraska earned a ninth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.
Along with those two, Nebraska features three other wrestlers who are ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight classes.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida is in the midst of the most successful season of his career, recently picking up a third place finish at the 55th Midlands Championships. Hemida knocked off No. 9 Billy Miller of Edinboro, and also picked up two wins by way of fall. He now has 16 wins on the season, which is good for most on the team. He also has seven wins by way of fall.
Hemida's success this season also earned him Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 21. He won the award after defeating No. 12 Nathan Butler in Maryland's upset win over Stanford and after winning the Road Runner Open. He has defeated five ranked wrestlers this season, including a fall over No. 19 Conan Jennings of Northwestern.
WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Maryland has earned the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor twice this season. Youssif Hemida earned the honor on Nov. 21, and Patrick Gerish followed by winning the award on Dec. 19.
Hemida became the first-ever Maryland wrestler to earn the distinction after his upset win over No. 12 Nathan Butler of Stanford and his Road Runner Open title.
Gerish earned the honor after winning the 165-pound bracket at the Cleveland State Open. The New Jersey-native posted a 5-0 record with four wins coming by way of fall.
NEXT TIME OUT
Maryland will face in-state foe Navy on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.