April 15, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland senior Hudson Taylor has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport's 2009-10 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford.
The honor is the second for Taylor, who was also named the ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. It caps a banner year for the Pennington, N.J., native, who was named the ACC Wrestler of the Year, the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the ACC Championships in March, and became the first wrestler in Maryland history to earn All-America honors three times.
Taylor, who placed fourth in the 197-pound weight class at this year's NCAA Championships, tied for the highest number of wins nationally during the 2009-10 season with 42. Taylor will leave Maryland as the winningest wrestler in school history with a 165-28 career record.
A Dean's List student who has received a number of academic and leadership awards during his college career, Hudson is a member of the All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team for the third year in a row.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Taylor is joined on the 2009-10 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team by five teammates: Matt Bogusz (r-So.; Kinesiology), Dallas Brown (Fr.; Letters & Sciences), Kyle John (r-So.; Civil Engineering); James Knox (Sr.; Kinesiology) and Corey Peltier (So.; Elementary Education). Knox is a two-time honoree.
To be eligible for ACC All-Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.