UMBC Fitness Tests Sets Stage for Strong Season
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County ended its grueling month-long September preseason training with the team's annual fitness test.
"This was the best preseason training regiment we've ever had at UMBC. The amount of work put in during the preseason always pays off during the season," UMBC coach Luke Broadwater said. "Wrestling is the greatest sport. It teaches you who you are and makes you the man you want to be."
• Freshman Angelo Ambridge (Perry Hall High / 125 pounds) won the push-up contest with 140 consecutive push-ups.
• Freshman Andrew Norwalt (Old Mill / 157) won the sit-up contest, by completing 107 military-style sit-ups in a 2-minute period.
• Sophomore Chris Nelson (Arundel / 157) won the pull-up competition, with 30 consecutive pull-ups.
• Sophomore Bryce Harley (125 / Oakland Mills) won the wall-sit competition with an 11 minute consecutive wall-sit.
• Freshman Andrew Norwalt (Old Mill / 157) won the 1.5-mile run competition with a 7:46 time.
Though he did not win any individual category, freshman Brian Samuels (Leonardtown / 133) achieved the "champion's goal" in every category by completing 100 consecutive push-ups, 100 sit-ups in 2 minutes, 30 consecutive pull-ups, a 5-minute wall sit, and a 9-minute 1.5-mile run.
"I was very impressed with the work-ethic among many of the freshman and transfer students brought in to wrestle at UMBC this year," Broadwater said. "I expect big things from this group and I'm sure we can build on the tremendous success we've had the last two years."