Terps Prepare for Quakers
Dec. 8, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 13th-ranked Maryland wrestling team (7-0) travels to the historic Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday to face No. 24 Penn at 1 p.m.
It is the third meeting between the Terps and Quakers in the last three seasons. Maryland won the previous two meetings in 2009 in College Park and last season at the Northeast Duals.
Maryland earned its seventh win of the season last Friday with a 23-14 victory over then-No. 24 American. And followed it up with a strong performance at the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday, where the Terps placed seven wrestlers and ninth-ranked redshirt sophomore Christian Boley won the 197-pound title which earned him ACC Wrestler of the Week honors.
Boley and 165-pound junior Josh Asper, ranked second, lead the team in wins with 15, and both are 7-0 in dual meets. Asper has tallied five technical fall victories which is tied for the most in the country among NCAA Division I wrestlers.
The Quakers lost at home last Sunday to No. 10 Lehigh snapping a three match winning streak. Penn has wins over American, Bloomsburg and North Carolina and feature three wrestlers ranked by InterMat.
Second-ranked 141-pound Zack Kemmerer is 9-0. Kemmerer is 3-0 against top-20 opponents and has three wins by major decision.
No. 8 Micah Burak is coming off a 6-2 loss to No. 9 Joe Kennedy of Lehigh at 197, but is 4-1 on the season.
At 133, 15th-ranked Bryan Ortenzio is tied for the team lead with 14 wins, seven by major decision.