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UMBC Wrestling Has Success In Dalton, Georgia

Dalton, Ga. -- UMBC's wrestling team had its best-ever finish at the NCWA National Duals on Saturday, placing third at the event with a 5-1 dual meet record.

Though the team was without returning NCWA national finalist, Daniel Carr (149 / Southern-Garrett), UMBC took No. 1 seed and eventual champion Liberty to the wire in a 25-21 bout that was Liberty's toughest dual of the tournament.

Jesse Castro, the coach of Liberty -- a former NCAA DI program, which last year won the East Region and defeated the University of Maryland in a dual -- said UMBC pushed his team to its limit.

“My hat’s off to the UMBC team,” Castro told “They made us compete with everything we were worth, and we did not anticipate that. It’s a testament to this association, and the vision the NCWA has is real encouraging and inspiring.”

In the finals, Liberty defeated Lindenwood-St. Charles -- last year's NAIA runner-up, which is transitioning to NCAA DII -- by a score of 25-15.

UMBC opened the tournament on Friday night with a 44-9 win over the University of Georgia, followed by a 56-0 shutout of North Florida.

On Saturday, the Retrievers defeated East Tennessee State, 56-3, in a dual in which UMBC 197-pounder Alec Pence (Chopticon) won a rematch of last year's Mid-Atlantic Conference final by major decision.

That dual meet win put UMBC into the quarterfinals against conference rival The Apprentice School, which had defeated the University of Central Florida in an earlier round. (Central Florida and The Apprentice School had both recently fared well at the Virginia Duals, where UCF beat Johns Hopkins 35-11 and Apprentice placed fourth in the American College division.)

Apprentice jumped out to a 21-3 lead over UMBC, before the Retrievers strung together five straight wins to close out the dual. Mike Munno (174 / DeMatha) got the rally started with a major decision over an Apprentice wrestler who had defeated him previously; Chris Urps (184 / Chesapeake-AA) then pinned a wrestler who had pinned him earlier this year; Eldar Muradov (197 / Russia) and Pence (235) then bumped up to beat two of Apprentice's better wrestlers. The match came down to heavyweight, where Karim Mansour (285 / Western Tech) avenged an earlier loss to Apprentice's heavyweight to grab the 22-21 victory.

The win advanced UMBC to the Liberty bout in the semi-finals, where Kris Dutt (125 / Howard), Kekura Musa (133 / Blair), Martin Mitchell (157 / Laurel), Pence and Mansour all won bouts.

After falling to Liberty, UMBC faced perennial power Grand Valley State (Michigan) for third place. UMBC dominated the meet, 31-10, with wins from Dutt, Musa, Brian Samuels (141 / Leonardtown), Junior Monzey (165 / Georgetown Prep), Urps, Munno, Muradov and Mansour.

Impressively, Mansour went a perfect 6-0 at the duals, which demonstrates the marked improvement the senior has made throughout his college career.

Mitchell, who leads UMBC in wins with a record of 38-11, went 5-1, as did Musa, Urps and Muradov, who leads the team with 16 pins. Dutt went 4-1.

Samuels, who is second on the team with 15 pins, went 4-2, as did Pence. Munno went 3-2. Monzey went 3-3.

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UMBC Ice Hockey Volunteers With Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey

In the spirit of the holidays, the UMBC Men's Ice Hockey team decided to volunteer their time to help the Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey team last month. "It's actually a lot of fun," says Junior Captain Nik Jost.  Nik, along with three other players (Sr. Justin Rothchild, Jr. Dan Durantaye and Jr. Justin Stewart) showed up to help out at a Baltimore Stars Youth Hockey (BYH) Mite practice.  Many players on the team have expressed interest in helping coach local youth players.  With this year's schedule being light on Friday games, it provided a perfect fit for the guys to help out with the BYH Friday evening practices.

The BYH players were visibly excited to see the UMBC players on the ice with them, wearing their UMBC gold helmets.  Each UMBC player took a station at the practice, and provided extra-personalized instruction for the up-and-coming players.  Justin Stewart helped players with their shooting, while Durantaye and Rothchild worked on stick handling and Captain Nik Jost worked on small game drills.

"This is a great learning experience for both the kids and our [UMBC] guys," said Head Coach Aaron Voegtli.  "The youth players are getting a chance to work with really great hockey players, and our guys are getting a chance to give back (and see what it's like to coach).  Who knows, maybe some of these kids will play for UMBC some day!"

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Running Club Results from the UMBC Turkey Trot

UMBC Running Club had a good showing at the UMBC Turkey Trot this year. Of the 7 athletes that competed, three of them placed in the top three in their category. Conner McIntyre and Robbie Oehrli finished second and third respectively each setting a new Personal Best. They said that they worked together throughout the race, pushing each other, in order to break their times from the Dog Chase in October. Their results surpassed expectations, running 16:54 and 16:57 respectively. Robbie also finished second in his local 5k on Thanksgiving, running 17:38.

Kim Daniels won the women's division for the Turkey Trot, finishing with a time of 22:59. At the start of the race she did not have any expectations of winning the race or finishing with that kind of time. She said "I didn't believe the guys when they said I won at the end of the race. I just wanted to
see what sort of time I could make since it was my first race. As it turns out I was pleasantly surprised". Once she crossed the finish line she was also surprised to hear that she had won a fourteen pound turkey for being the top female finisher.

Natalia Skorikova 2011 World Champion

Every year, people from all over the world compete at Nationals in their respective sports, in hopes of going on to compete for their nation at the World's most prestigious competition. In Ballroom dance, the highest level one can compete at is the champion professional level and the most prestigious event is called 10-dance, which means each competitor has to win top marks in 10 different dances before they are awarded a score and compared to other competitors. This past October, UMBC's Ballroom Dance Instructor, Natalia Skorikova, and her dance partner Nikolai Pilipenchuk, represented the USA and became the youngest couple from America (both 25 at the time) to take 1st place at World's (World Dance Council Competition) in International Champion Professional level 10-dance. This means Natalia is currently ranked #1 in the world and UMBC students can take classes with her on our campus, at University subsidized prices!!


UMBC Men's and Women's Club Volleyball Fundraiser

On Thursday, November 10, the men’s and women’s club volleyball teams came together to host a tournament fundraiser open to the entire campus. Teams of four to six players were formed and came out to play a fun, recreational night of volleyball. There was a lot of good competition and everyone had a great time playing. Congratulations to the “UMBC Football Team” who came in first after a long night of competitive volleyball! The fundraiser made more than $300 and the money will be used to help get both of the club teams to Nationals in the spring. The teams would like to thank everyone who participated and the fans that came out to cheer on their friends.


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