Maryland junior No. 12 Ryan Diehl (red) struggles to maintain control against Iowa’s Carter Happell (black) during the Terps' 40-6 loss to the No. 7 Hawkeyes on Sunday, Dec. 10, in College Park. (Lila Bromberg/ The Left Bench)

Terps wrestling to compete in Wilkes Open

The Maryland wrestling team (3-4, 0-4) will travel to Wilkes Barre, PA to compete in the Wilkes Open this Friday. The Terps will be looking to bounce back after its 40-6 loss to the No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes in its last dual meet and home conference opener.

The Hawkeyes dominated on the mat in each weight class when they travelled to the Xfinity Center on Dec. 10, and the Terps earned the six points only after the Hawkeyes forfeited the last, and perhaps the most anticipated, bout of the day.

Spectators were eagerly awaiting the heavyweight matchup between Maryland’s No. 10 Youssif Hemida and Iowa’s No. 6 Sam Stoll, but were disappointed when the match ended with a Hawkeye forfeit.

The Terps have suffered losses in its last three dual meets, but head coach Kerry McCoy does not see a need for major changes to his team.

“Really it’s just focusing on the mental side of it… technical errors that we can continue to get better at will always exist, but we have make up our mind first,” McCoy said. “That’s really what we’ll be focusing on in the next few weeks.”

Maryland’s Patrick Gerish became the second wrestler for the team to be named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after his performance at the Cleveland State Open on Dec. 16. The redshirt junior Gerish placed first in the 165 pound weight class bracket after going 5-0 on the day. Gerish defeated his first four opponents by fall and won by 6-3 decision in the championship round.

Gerish is the second Terp to be named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after Hemida earned the honor on Nov. 21 after his efforts against Stanford. Hemida leads the team as the only undefeated wrestler for the Terps and is poised for a run in the NCAA tournament.

Maryland is no doubt also looking toward its match against the Ohio State Buckeyes and the remainder of its Big Ten schedule, in addition to the postseason for each individual wrestler.

“It’s all about learning… this schedule, the way it lines up, it’s not real good for records, but it’s great for postseason preparation,” McCoy said.

This will be the 85th annual Wilkes Open hosted by Wilkes University, where over 280 wrestlers from over 30 different schools will be competing.

Some of the registered schools that will be competing in the tournament are Lehigh University, Michigan State, Arizona State, Virginia and Duke, as well as Campbell, who the Terps defeated earlier in the season in a dual meet.

Hannah Fields

Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.
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Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.