Bell, Krom Compete In All-Star Classic

Nov. 22, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the first time in school history, the University of Maryland wrestling team sent two wrestlers to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic, one of the most prestigious events in the sport.

A year after Hudson Taylor became the first Terp to participate in the event since 1969, Steven Bell and Alex Krom competed in this year's classic, which featured exhibition matches between top wrestlers from across the country. This year's event was held on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Bell, ranked No. 8 in the latest Intermat poll at 133 pounds, had the tough task of taking on No. 4 Daniel Dennis of Iowa. Just two days after taking a 4-3 decision over No. 6 Mike Grey of Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., Bell battled Dennis in a back-and-forth match that came down to the final seconds. With the match knotted at seven, Bell earned a point for an escape and took an 8-7 lead. But with just 25 seconds remaining in the match, Dennis got a takedown, earning a 9-8 decision over Bell.

Krom, who is ranked No. 4 at 141 pounds, was scheduled to face No. 2 Nick Gallick of Iowa. Gallick, however, was unable to attend, and Adin Duenas of host Cal State Fullerton subbed in. Krom took an 8-0 major decision over Duenas.

The matches are considered exhibitions and do not count towards the wrestlers records.

Maryland is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Terps will face No. 11 Central Michigan, No. 16 Lehigh and Northern Colorado in dual meets.