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Maryland Wrestling BIO
Alfred Bannister
Player Profile:

• 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"...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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