Lineup Announced for Red & Black Wrestle-Offs
Oct. 27, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy announced the lineup Thursday for the annual Red & Black Wrestle-Offs. The intrasquad scrimmage is Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. in Comcast Pavilion.
The Red & Black Wrestle-Offs determine the initial starters for the Terrapin Duals to be held Sunday, Nov. 6. The Terps held preliminary matches this past week to determine the pairings for Sunday.
Following the Red & Black Wrestle-Offs, the Terps will host a banquet at 2:30 p.m. to be held in the Colony Ballroom in the Stamp Student Union where the team will receive its 2011 ACC championship rings.
Gobel Kline and Bob Kopnisky, Maryland's two individual NCAA champions, will be in attendance for the banquet. Kline is a two-time All-American (1968 and 1969) at 152 pounds and won 1969 national championship. Kopinsky is a two-time All-American (1964 and 1965) at 157 pounds and won the 1965 national championship.
Asper is ranked No. 3 at 165 pounds by several wrestling publications including InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News (AWN), The Open Mat and W.I.N. Magazine. Myers enters the season ranked as high as No.3 at 285 pounds by InterMat, D1collegewrestling.net and WrestlingReport.com.
Gentry compiled a 17-13 record at 125 last season en route to a third-place finish at the ACC Championships. Marcoux finished 3-4 at 125 while battling injuries for most of the season. Marcoux opened with an 11-5 win over Nick Rodgers of Lock Haven in the East Stroudsburg Open.
Alexander was a four-year letterwinner at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he won four Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championships. Collado went 4-6 at 133 last season including a 17-1 victory over Lehigh's Simon Wong at the East Stroudsburg Open.
O'Malley wrestled at 141 and 149 in 2010-11 finishing 5-6 at 141. O'Malley placed second at the 2011 FILA Junior National Championships - Greco division. Mascola holds the Seton Hall Prep record for career wins (145) and won the region, district and county championships all four years at the school.
As a true freshman, Dorsay went 23-15 at 149 with four victories decided by pinfall. Dorsay won seven of eight matches at the East Stroudsburg Open to win the title. Orem wrestled at 157 pounds last season and finished 12-13 with two wins by major decision.
John enters the season ranked as high as No 7 by AWN, W.I.N. Magazine and The Open Mat. John was the runner-up at 157 at the ACC Championships, and went 31-11 to qualify for the NCAA Championships and earn All-ACC honors. DeRobertis finished 10-6 at 157 last season and won the Ursinus Fall Brawl. DeRobertis recorded two victories via major decision.
Asper is ranked No. 3 by several wrestling publications including InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News (AWN), The Open Mat and W.I.N. Magazine. The reigning ACC Wrestler of the Year earned All-American status after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Mazzarone returns for his junior season after missing most of his sophomore campaign due to injury. In 2009-10, Mazzarone went 4-7 after splitting time at 149 and 157 pounds.
Peltier is ranked No. 15 by InterMat and finished with a 22-10 record at 184 last season. Peltier defeated Duke's Diego Bencomo to win the ACC championship and earn All-ACC honors. Sheptock, a junior national champion in high school, went 6-4 last season at 165 and 174.
Pagnotta wrestled mostly at 174 last season and went 20-14 earning his first collegiate victory against Mike Cuccionotta of Rutgers at the Brockport Open. Fitzgerald finished 8-3 winning four of his five matches to start the season including a pin in just 28 seconds over Army Prep's Aaron Mills at the Clarion Open.
Boley went 21-12 at 197 and placed third at the ACC Championships. Boley won the 197 title at the Shorty Hitchcock Open and closed the season with five victories in six matches. Brown finished 6-8 at 197 including a victory over Tyler Peter of Buffalo at the Brockport Open. Wetzel was a Greco Roman All-American at Masspequa High School. Wetzel finished fifth at the New York state tournament in 2011.
Myers is ranked as high as No. 3 by InterMat to begin the season. Myers became the first true freshman in Maryland history to be named an All-American after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. Named ACC co-Freshman of the Year, Myers went 30-13 and won the ACC title. Schaafsma lettered at Seton Hall Prep and finished his senior campaign with a 21-4 record.