March 22, 2008
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Sophomore Hudson Taylor stunned top-seeded and defending national champion Josh Glenn of American and then beat eighth-seeded Craig Brester of Nebraska to take third place in the 197-pound division of the 2008 NCAA Championships on March 22 at Scottrade Center. Taylor was down 5-1 against Glenn and 4-1 versus Brester but came from behind to steal both victories.
Taylor is the first All-American for the Terrapins since Jim Guzzio finished fifth in 1997. His third place finish is the best for a Maryland wrestler since 1992 when Tom Miller took third at 142 pounds and he is just the fifth wrestler in Terps history to finish in the top three at the national championships.
With Taylor's effort, the Terps have now racked up 24.0 points which is good enough for a tie for 21st place. It is the Terps' best finish since 1992 when they also placed tied for 21st.
In the wrestleback semifinals, Glenn, who earned his third All-America honor this season, jumped out to a 5-1 lead midway through the second period with two takedowns and an escape but Taylor inched closer as he got an escape with time winding down in the second.
Taylor assumed the down position to start the final period and picked up a quick reversal to pull within one, 5-4, but Glenn escaped to push the lead back to two. Taylor then scored his only takedown of the match to tie it and then parlayed that into a three-point near fall to seal the 9-6 win.
In the third place match featured on ESPNU, Taylor fell behind again 4-1 after Brester recorded his second takedown of the match with 42 seconds left in the second period. Taylor, much like in his earlier match, picked up a huge reversal to pull within one at the end of the period.
The wrestlers started at neutral in the final period and Taylor scored the takedown with 1:18 left to claim the lead, 5-4, but Brester had locked up the bonus point for riding time. Taylor rode Brester the rest of the period and forced overtime.
Taylor wasted no time in the extra session and went for the points immediately, connecting on his takedown attempt just 15 seconds in for the win.
Taylor finished the 2007-08 season with a 37-3 record.
133 - Steven Bell
First Round - Lost to #5 Nicholas Fanthorpe (Iowa State), 8-2
Wrestleback First Round - Beat Cory VomBaur (Wyoming), 12-3
Wrestleback Second Round - Beat #12 Andrae Hernandez (Indiana), 8-5
Wrestleback Third Round - Beat Tyler McCormick (Missouri), 11-6
Wrestleback Fourth Round - Lost to #10 Patrick Castillo (Northern Illinois), 7-4
141 - Jon Kohler
First Round - Lost to Jacob Kriegbaum (Air Force), 11-2
Wrestleback First Round - Lost to Tim Harner (Liberty), 12-5
149 - Eric Medina
First Round - Lost to Daryl Cocozzo (Edinboro), 8-4
Wrestleback Second Round - Beat Joseph Knox (Chattanooga) by fall, 2:34
Wrestleback Third Round - Lost to #8 Jake Patacsil (Purdue) by fall, 3:38
157 - Brian Letters
First Round - Beat #9 Chase Pami (Cal Poly), 5-4 (tb1)
Second Round - Lost to #8 Jordan Leen (Cornell), 4-1
Wrestleback Second Round - Lost to Matt Moley (Bloomsburg), 8-4
174 - #10 Mike Letts
First Round - Beat Dan Clum (Wisconsin), 9-2
Second Round - Lost to #7 Matt Stolpinski (Navy), 5-4 (tb1)
Wrestleback Second Round - Lost to #8 Gabriel Dretsch (Minnesota), 10-2
197 - #7 Hudson Taylor
First Round - Beat Jared Villers (West Virginia) by fall, 5:39
Second Round - Beat #10 Joel Flaggert (Oklahoma), 7-0
Quarterfinals - Lost to #2 Phil Davis (Penn State), 7-3
Wrestleback Fifth Round - Beat Jason Trulson (Arizona State), 5-0
Wrestleback Quarterfinals - Beat David Bertolino (Iowa State), 6-5
Wrestleback Semifinals - Beat #1 Josh Glenn (American), 9-6
Third Place Match - Beat #8 Craig Bester (Nebraska), 7-5 (ot)