Incoming University of Maryland wrestler Alfred Bannister was honored with the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum announced Thursday.
The award, named after Shultz, an Olympic and World champion, is based on excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service. Bannister was the recipient from Maryland.
A four-year standout at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Bannister finished his career as the winningest high school wrestler in Maryland history with 272 victories., 201 of those by pin. Bannister captured his fourth straight Maryland Independent School state title in February, one of just five competitors to ever achieve that feat.
A two-time National Prep Champion, Bannister has won the NHSCA National Championship twice and captured a Beast of the East crown on two occasions.
Bannister finished the season as the fourth-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds according to Flowrestling and No. 7 in Intermat’s weight class rankings. He is a three-time Washington Post All-Metro selection.
Since the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award’s inception, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has recognized 824 wrestlers. This year the organization introduced the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award to honor female wrestlers. Both awards have the same criteria.