Bannister, Diehl, Hemida Head to NCAA Championships

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Michigan at Maryland
Mar. 15-17, 2018 || Quicken Loans Arena
Session I (3/15): 12 p.m.
Session II (3/15): 8 p.m.
Session III (3/16): 11 a.m.
Session IV (3/16): 8 p.m.
Session V (3/17): 11 a.m.
Session VI (3/17): 8 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alfred Bannister, Ryan Diehl and Youssif Hemida will participate in the 2018 NCAA Championships, beginning on Thursday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. All three wrestlers qualified for the event after placing at the Big Ten Championships on Mar. 3 and 4. 

The full schedule for the NCAA Championships can be found below. To see the full brackets, please click here


March 15, 2018 12 p.m. ESPNU First Round
March 15, 2018 7 p.m. ESPN Second Round
March 16, 2018  11 a.m. ESPNU Quarterfinals
March 16, 2018 8 p.m. ESPN Semifinals
March 17, 2018 11 a.m. ESPNU Medal Round
March 17, 2018  8 p.m. ESPN2 Championship


The University of Maryland wrestling team has qualified three wrestlers for the 2018 NCAA Championships March 15-18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Redshirt juniors Ryan Diehl (141) and Alfred Bannister (149) and junior Youssif Hemida (285) will all wrestle in their second career NCAA Championship event this weekend.

In addition to the three qualified this season, Billy Rappo represented the Terps in last year’s championships. All matches will be streamed on the ESPN family of netwroks. The finals will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET.


All three of Maryland’s NCAA qualifiers placed at the Big Ten Championships, which took place at Michigan State University on Mar. 3 and 4. 

Alfred Bannister led the way, finishing fifth in the 149-pound class. Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida finished sixth in his weight class, while Ryan Diehl earned an eighth-place finish in the 141-pound bracket. 


Youssif Hemida enters the NCAA Championships as Maryland’s highest seeded wrestler, earning the No. 12 seed in the heavyweight bracket.

Alfred Bannister is also seeded going into the weekend. Bannister is the No. 16 seed in the 149-pound weight class.


The NCAA announced the brackets for the NCAA Championships on Mar. 7.

141-pounder Ryan Diehl will open his weekend against eighth-seeded Nick Lee of Penn State. It will be the second time the two will meet this season.

16th-seeded Alfred Bannister will kick-off his NCAA Championships against Wyoming’s Sam Turner. Turner posted a 25-15 record this season.

12th-seeded Youssif Hemida will close out Maryland’s opening round matches with a bout against Virginia's Tyler Love, who went 8-17 on the season. 


Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida has anchored Maryland’s lineup this season. The Mamaroneck, New York, native has posted a career-best 27 wins on the year, with just five losses this season.

Hemida has earned four wins over ranked opponents this season, including a 5-1 victory over No. 9 Billy Miller of Edinboro at the Midlands Championships in December.

He tallied 15 dual wins this season, including a team-best eight Big Ten wins. His lone dual loss came to eighth-ranked Nick Nevills of Penn State.

Hemida placed third at the 55th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships earlier this season as well. He has been ranked as high as sixth in the InterMat rankings.


Alfred “Baby J” Bannister has had a big redshirt-junior season for the Terrapins.

The Maryland-native has nine wins by fall this season, which is tied for the most on the Terrapin roster with teammate Youssif Hemida.

Bannister has racked up seven dual wins on the year and has won seven of his last eight dual matches, with the lone loss coming to No. 1 Zain Retherford of Penn State.

Bannister has won two open tournament championships, picking up titles at the Mat Town Open and the Wilkes Open.

He also had a runner-up finish at the Princeton Open to begin the season and picked up his first conference victory of the season at Illinois.


Ryan Diehl has come on strong for Maryland in the latter part of its 2017-18 campaign. The 2017 NCAA Championships qualifier enters the postseason a winner of three of his final four matches, including two wins by pinfall.

Diehl pinned Illinois’ Dylan Thurston (1/28) before sticking returning All-American and 14th-ranked Tommy Thorn of Minnesota in Maryland’s B1G finale.

The West Virginia native also has three Big Ten wins and eight dual wins on the season.


Maryland has earned the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor twice this season. Youssif Hemida earned the distinction on Nov. 21, and Patrick Gerish followed by winning the award on Dec. 19.

Hemida became the first-ever Maryland wrestler to earn the honor after his upset win over No. 12 Nathan Butler of Stanford, which was followed by his Road Runner Open title.

Gerish earned the honor after winning the 165-pound bracket at Cleveland State Open. The New Jersey-native posted a 5-0 record with four wins coming by way of fall.


Maryland has produced two dynamic duos in its lineup this season that have been successful in putting together consecutive victories in dual matches.

Ryan Diehl (141) and Alfred Bannister (149) have posted back-to-back wins in dual matches four times this season, including in three-straight matches to close out Maryland’s dual season. 

The Terps’ anchors of David-Brian Whisler (197) and Youssif Hemida (285) also were able to claim consecutive victories in Maryland’s final four dual matches of the season.


Maryland comes into the postseason having wrestled 10 ranked foes during the 2017-18 dual meet schedule.

The Terrapins battled No. 21 Rider, No. 23 Navy and Campbell (RV) during its non-conference slate.

All of Maryland’s B1G opponents this season were ranked when the two teams took the mat. The schedule included three-consecutive home duals against No. 7 Iowa, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 1 Penn State.


In Maryland’s 33-14 win over Ohio, head coach Kerry McCoy earned his 100th career victory as the head coach of the Terrapins. 

McCoy became just the third coach in program history to reach the century mark, joining John McHugh and Sully Krouse. 

He now has 127 dual victories in his coaching career.