Three Terps Crack TrackWrestling Preseason Rankings

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Youssif Hemida, Alfred Bannister and Ryan Diehl all were featured in the TrackWrestling preseason rankings, which debuted last week.

Hemida was named the 8th-best heavyweight, while Bannister claimed the No. 10 slot in the 149-pound rankings. Diehl came in at No. 15 in the 141-pound list.

A Big Ten placer (7th) and NCAA Qualifier in 2017, Hemida finished his sophomore campaign with an impressive 21-11 record. His season included a dominant stretch where he went 15-6 from January to March. He defeated three opponents at the NCAA Championships to advance to Friday’s Blood Round session.

Diehl, a redshirt junior, came on strong at the end of the 2016-17 season. After upsetting three ranked opponents and placing 5th at the Big Ten Tournament, Diehl earned his first-ever spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

After an impressive regular season, Bannister qualified for his first-ever NCAA Championships as the tournament’s No. 13 seed. He placed sixth at the Big Ten Tournament after defeating the No. 14 ranked wrestler, Ken Theobold. The La Plata, Md., native burst on to the national scene after beginning the regular season with 14 consecutive wins.

Maryland also came in tied for 30th in the preseason team rankings.

The Terps will make their season debut on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the Red-Black Wrestle-Offs at the XFINITY Center. The intersquad match will begin at 7 p.m.