149 pounds
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: La Plata, Md.
High School: Bishop McNamara


• NCAA Qualifier (2017) 

• Big Ten Placer (2017-6th)

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2016-17): Big Ten Placer (6th) at 149 pounds…team captain…earned first-ever bid to NCAA Championships after qualifying as the tournament’s #13-seed…burst onto the National scene after winning 14-straight matches to open the 2016-17 regular season…finished 24-7 on the year and 11-0 in duals…Midlands placer at 149 pounds (8th)…won six matches in sudden victory or tiebreaker…pinned five opponents and majored four…went 5-0 at the Southeast Open to claim title at 149 pounds (11/6)…beat first ranked opponent of the year at Southeast Open with 7-6 decision over #17 Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga)…ranked in every InterMat Wrestling 149-pound Individual Rankings from November 8 onward…took out Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) and Sam Krivus (Virginia) at Cavalier Duals (11/20)…won both matches at Grapple at the Garden, including 6-4 SV over Princeton’s #18 Jordan Laster (11/27)…took out #15 Ken Theobold (Rutgers), 3-2 for first Big Ten dual win of the season (12/11)…won five matches at Midlands to place 8th (12/29-30)…pinned Eric Barone of Illinois in 1:42 (1/8)…majored Michigan’s Zac Hall, 12-3 (1/13)…secured takedown in final seconds to beat Michigan State’s Nick Trimble (1/15)…missed final month and a half of the regular season due to injury…defeated #14 Ken Theobold at Big Tens to lock up AQ bid for NCAAs…won opening round match at NCAAs by major decision over Harvard’s Hunter Ladiner (3/16)…pinned George Mason’s Sahid Kargbo in 1:51 to advance in NCAA wrestle backs (3/17). 

As a Redshirt Freshman (2015-16): Finished 10-10 on the year as the team's starter at 141 pounds…opened season with two wins by decision at Terrapin duals (11/1) vs. Mikey Racciato (Pittsburgh) and Jason Estevez (Buffalo)…went 3-1 at the Bearcat Open (11/8)…notched two Big Ten victories over Iowa’s Logan Ryan (11/20) and Michigan’s George Fisher (2/5)…earned sudden victory win over Rider's Paul Kirchner in dual finale (2/20)…picked up first career Big Ten Tournament win over Indiana’s Tommy Cash (3/5). 

As a Freshman (2014-15): Racked up 37 wins in a decorated debut season at 141 pounds…led the team in wins by fall with ten…captured four open tournament championships…opened the year with three wins at the Clarion Open (11/2)…notched seven wins at the Bearcat Open after falling to top-10 Todd Preston of Harvard (11/9)…won the Wolfpack Open with five wins (11/16)…won six matches at the Wilkes Open (12/28)…captured the F&M Open title with five straight wins, defeating Bloomsburg’s Max Good in the final…dominated the Shorty Hitchcock Open with two wins by fall en route to the title (1/18)…nabbed the Messiah Open title, winning three of four matches by fall…won his opening two matches of the National Collegiate Open before the tournament was halted.

Before Maryland: Finished his career as the winningest high school wrestler in Maryland history with 272 victories, 201 of those by pin … won four straight Maryland Independent School titles, one of just five competitors to ever achieve that feat … a two-time National Prep Champion … a two-time National High School Coaches Association National Champion … a two-time Beast of the East champion … named to The Washington Post All-Met Team … selected as Maryland’s Dave Shultz High School Excellence Award honoree, which recognizes a wrestler for excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.

Personal: Nickname is "Baby J"...sports hero is Michael Jordan...likes to focus on work ethic...hobbies include singing and telling jokes...favorite pregame meal is a turkey sandwich...came to Maryland to be the best wrestler he can be...biggest sports thrill was winning the Michigan State match in his redshirt sophomore season...majoring in sociology. 


Bannister's Career Statistics
Year W-L Dual Record Falls Tech Falls Major Decisions
2014-15* 37-4 0-0 10 0 2
2015-16 10-10 6-7 1 1 0
2016-17 24-7 11-0 5 0 4
Total 71-21 17-7 16 0 6
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