COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland wrestling team (4-11, 0-9 B1G) will conclude its regular season against a pair of non-conference foes on Sunday. The Terps will wrestle No. 21 Rider at 1 p.m. and then will follow with a dual against Ohio University.
LAST TIME OUT
Maryland lost to No. 19 Minnesota in its last dual by a score of 26-22. The four-point deficit was Maryland’s smallest this season in a conference dual, and was the second-consecutive match Maryland lost to a ranked opponent by seven or fewer points.
Ryan Diehl led the way for Maryland in the dual, picking up a pin over returning All-American Tommy Thorn. Diehl’s win was his second-consecutive Big Ten win that came by fall.
Alfred Bannister also continued his strong wrestling of late, earning a 15-6 major decision win over Miles Patton. The 2017 NCAA Qualifier did not allow a takedown in the bout and has now won five of his last six dual matches.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
No. 21 Rider (12-5, 5-1 EWL) enters its match against Maryland following a 32-12 loss to Minnesota on Friday.
The Broncos lineup features just one ranked wrestler in the latest InterMat rankings. Sixth-ranked Chad Walsh has put together an impressive season in the 165-pound weight class, posting a strong, 20-1 record with eight wins by fall. He also earned a first place finish at the Keystone Classic.
Rider has wrestled a strong schedule this season, with four dual matches coming against ranked opponents. The Broncos lone ranked win came by a score of 22-12 against No. 23 Lock Haven.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio (4-6), will take on American University on Saturday night before coming to Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats enter the weekend winners of two-consecutive duals, and three of their last four outings have also been wins.
Cameron Kelly is the lone Bobcat ranked in the latest InterMat poll. The 2016 Midlands Championships placer is currently ranked No. 16 in the 133-pound weight class.
THE HEMIDA EFFECT
Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida is in the midst of the most successful season of his career. He leads the Terps with 13 dual wins and has posted an impressive 22-2 record this season. Both of his losses came to opponents ranked in the InterMat Wrestle top-10 and Hemida currently ranked sixth in the InterMat rankings.
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.
THE REAL DIEHL
Ryan Diehl has come on strong for Maryland in the latter part of its 2017-18 campaign. The 2017 NCAA Championships Qualifier enters the weekend a winner by pin in his last two dual matches.
The West Virginia native also has three Big Ten wins and seven dual wins this season.
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. He also has five dual wins on the year.
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. With another win, McCoy would become the third-ever Maryland coach to reach the century mark.
Maryland will head to East Lansing, Michigan for the 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Wrestling will begin on Saturday, March 3 and conclude on Sunday.