COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland wrestling team (4-10, 0-8 B1G) will conclude its Big Ten schedule on Sunday when it hosts No. 19 Minnesota (5-6, 2-4 B1G) at the XFINITY Center Pavilion. The match will begin at 2 p.m. and will be streamed on BTN2GO.
LAST TIME OUT
Maryland picked up five wins in a loss to No. 15 Illinois in its last dual match. Ryan Diehl picked up his second conference win of the season with an opening period fall over Dylan Thurston. Maryland also received wins from Alfred Bannister, Josh Ugalde, David-Brian Whisler and No. 7 Youssif Hemida.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Minnesota will come to Maryland following a match at Rutgers on Friday. The Gophers come into the weekend losers of four-consecutive matches. Their last win game against Illinois on Jan. 14.
The Gophers lineup will feature five ranked wrestlers, the highest being Ethan Lizak, who comes into the weekend ranked No. 6 at 125 pounds. Minnesota will look to get out to a fast start in the dual, with ranked wrestlers at 125, 133 and 141 pounds. They then have back-to-back ranked grapplers at 157 and 165 pounds.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida is in the midst of the most successful season of his career. He leads the Terps with 12 dual wins and has posted an impressive 21-2 record this season. Both of his losses came to opponents ranked in the InterMat Wrestle top-10.
Hemida’s season has included five wins over ranked opponents, including a win over No. 9 Billy Miller en route to a third place finish at the 55th Midlands Championships in December. His 20 wins this season is good for second-most on the roster.
SETTING THE TABLE
Brandon Cray has been an integral part of Maryland’s four wins this season. The redshirt freshman has posted a 4-0 record in Maryland’s four wins and has provided the Terps with a lead in each of their dual wins this season.
Cray also picked up his first-career Big Ten win and Maryland’s first-ever conference win at 125 pounds when he defeated Penn State’s Devin Schnupp with a 4-2 decision.
BIG BABY J
Alfred “Baby J” Bannister has had a big redshirt junior season for the Terrapins. The Maryland-native has a team-high eight wins by fall this season, good for fifth-most in the country.
Bannister has also won two open tournament championships, picking up titles at the Mat Town Open and the Wilkes Open. He also had a runner-up finish at the Princeton Open to begin the season and picked up his first conference victory of the season at Illinois.
WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Hemida became the first-ever Maryland wrestler to earn the award after his upset win over No. 12 Nathan Butler of Stanford, followed by his Road Runner Open title.
Gerish earned the honor after winning the 165-pound bracket at Cleveland State Open. The New Jersey-native posted a 5-0 record with four wins coming by way of fall.
THE CENTURY MARK
Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy currently has 99 career victories as the head man of the Terrapins. McCoy needs one more win to become the third-ever Maryland wrestling coach to reach the century mark.