A-B wrestlers to face Maryland

PHILIPPI – The Alderson Broaddus wrestling team announced its 2013-14 schedule on Monday.

The Battlers’ slate includes five home duals and a marquee visit to College Park, Md., to face Division I power the University of Maryland on Nov. 3.

“This is a very good schedule for our first year,” A-B head coach Mitch Smith said. “We have many home matches so that the campus and community can come out and enjoy college wrestling. I am very excited to get this program off the ground and heading in the right direction.”

The Battlers will open the season with wrestle offs on Oct. 27 at Rex Pyles Arena and then travel to face the Terrapins.

“This is a great opportunity and honor for our program to be able to wrestle Maryland,” Smith said. “Many DII programs never get the chance to wrestle DI opponents in a dual, but for us to be able to wrestle Maryland a top 25 team in the country is amazing for our first competition. I would like to thank Maryland’s head coach Kerry McCoy (a former two-time Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion) for giving our program this opportunity.”

A-B will visit Washington, Pa., on Nov. 9 for the Washington & Jefferson College Invitational and then travel to Ripley on Nov. 19 to take on West Virginia University Tech.

After a meet featuring Lake Erie College, Ashland University and the University of Indianapolis in Lake Erie, Ohio, on Nov. 23, the Battlers will host Wheeling Jesuit University in their first home dual of the season.

The blue and gold participate in the Newberry Duals on Dec. 7 and travel to Waynesburg, Pa., on Jan. 4 for the Waynesburg University Invitational.

A-B takes on West Liberty University on Jan. 14 before returning home to face the University of Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 18.

The Battlers make three more road trips to the West Virginia Collegiate Open (Jan. 25), Mercyhurst University (Jan. 29) and Seton Hill University (Feb. 8).

King University will visit Philippi on Feb. 1 in one of A-B’s three remaining home duals.

Home duals against Ohio Valley University (Feb. 13) and Waynesburg (Feb. 19) round out the schedule.