EAST LANSING, Mich. – Redshirt juniors Ryan Diehl and Alfred Bannister, along with junior Youssif Hemida, punched their tickets to the 2018 NCAA Championships at the end of the first day of competition at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on Saturday.
This marks the second-consecutive year the three have advanced to the NCAA Championships. Diehl, Bannister and Hemida earned fifth, sixth and seventh place finishes respectively at last year’s Big Ten Championships.
Diehl clinched his bid following his second win over Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) this season. He was able to pick up a pair of four-point near falls against the returning All-American, clinching a 9-1 major decision win and a spot in the 141-pound bracket at the upcoming NCAA Championships.
Bannister bested Malik Amine (Michigan) with a sudden victory takedown to clinch a ticket to the NCAA Championships. It was the second time this season Bannister topped Amine, previously beating him at the Midlands Championships in December.
Hemida came into Saturday’s second session needing two wins to qualify for the NCAA Championships. His first win came via a first-period fall over Derek Jensen (Nebraska), marking his ninth pin of the season and his fourth over Big Ten foes. Hemida then sealed his spot in Cleveland with a decision victory over Rylee Streifel (Minnesota).
Brendan Burnham will wrestle in a ninth-place semifinal match tomorrow, with a win earning him a bid in the NCAA Championships.
“I’m happy for our guys who qualified today,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “I think they all came out determined to get to the NCAA Championships, and it was good to see them all handle some adversity while still reaching their goal of qualifying. We have an opportunity to push one more through tomorrow morning, and hopefully we’ll be able to keep the momentum going in tomorrow’s session.”
Diehl will wrap up his Big Ten Championships in the seventh-place match against Nebraska’s Chad Red, who defeated Diehl 6-0 to begin the tournament. Bannister will meet Ohio State’s Ke-Shawn Hayes, with the winner advancing to the third-place match in the 149-pound bracket.
Hemida will meet Penn State’s Nick Nevills, who is the third seed in the heavyweight bracket. The winner will advance to the third-place match, with the loser falling into the fifth-place match.
Burnham will wrestle ninth-seeded Te’Shan Campbell (Ohio State) with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
SESSION I RECAP
Bannister put together a 14-6 major decision win over No. 10 Cole Martin of Wisconsin, while Hemida was able to beat Ben Stone of Wisconsin for the third time this season with an 8-3 decision.
Hemida then fell to fourth-seeded Sam Stoll (Iowa) in his quarterfinal bout, dropping the match by an 8-1 decision.
Bannister battled second-seeded Brandon Sorensen of Iowa in his quarterfinal match. After a scoreless first period, Bannister struck first with a takedown that gave him a 2-0 lead. After a pair of Sorensen escapes, the two wrestlers were tied in the early stages of the third period.
Sorensen was able to secure a takedown in the final 20 seconds of the bout, and kept Bannister away despite a quick escape to earn the victory.
A trio of Terrapin wrestlers bounced-back from opening round losses to keep their season alive with consolation victories.
After falling to No. 4 Richie Lewis (Rutgers) in the first round, Brendan Burnham was able to beat Austin Hiles (Michigan State), 11-4 in his opening consolation match.
Josh Ugalde followed suit shortly after, beating Beau Breske (Nebraska) via fall in the final 30 seconds of the bout to advance in the 174-pound consolation bracket. Ugalde was trailing 10-2 when he locked up the pin to pick up his first win of the weekend.
David-Brian Whisler rounded out the group with a 3-1 decision victory over Dylan Anderson (Minnesota).
Jhared Simmons, Ryan Diehl and Justin Alexander each fell in their opening round matches and received a bye in their consolation bracket openers. Simmons lost to top-seeded Stevan Micic (Michigan), while Diehl dropped his match to fourth-seeded Chad Red (Nebraska). Alexander’s loss came to sixth-seeded Andrew Crone (Wisconsin).
Brandon Cray and Niko Cappello each went 0-2 in the opening session. Both wrestlers went on to continue wrestling in the second session, with both automatic qualifying and at-large bids to the NCAA Championships on the line.
SESSION II RECAP
Diehl made Maryland’s first move of the night session with his win over Thorn. After Thorn elected to start on bottom to begin the second, Diehl took advantage with his pair of four-point near falls. He didn’t let up in the third, clinching the 9-1 victory to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Bannister then kept the Terrapin momentum going with his win over Amine shortly after. The two wrestlers were close throughout, and after an overturned stall call against Bannister, the two went into a sudden victory period.
The La Plata, Maryland, native wasted no time when the extra frame started, securing a takedown in the first 10 seconds to win the match and an NCAA bid.
Hemida wrestled a strong in the second session, kicking it off with a first-period fall over Derek Jensen. He then clinched his NCAA birth with his decision victory over Minnesota’s Rylee Streifel.
Hemida struck first in the opening period, securing a takedown in the first minute and a 2-1 lead after the opening period. He continued to build on it in the second, and extended his lead to 5-2 after two periods of wrestling. The junior didn’t look back in the third, and earned a 7-3 decision victory.
Alexander and Burnham both dropped their ensuing consolation matches, which moved each of them into the ninth-place consolation bracket that would begin at the end of the session.
Burnham was able to keep his weekend alive after picking up his second victory of the day over Michigan State’s Austin Hiles that gave him a match with Ohio State’s Campbell to begin Sunday’s morning session.
The 2018 Big Ten Championships will continue on Sunday morning with Session III at noon. Wrestling will then conclude with the final session of the event from East Lansing, Michigan, at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
For full results from the first two sessions of the 2018 Big Ten Championships, please see below.
- Champ. Round 1 - Alfred Bannister (Maryland) won by major decision over Cole Martin (Wisconsin) (MD 14-6)
- Quarterfinal - Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Alfred Bannister (Maryland) (Dec 4-3)
- Cons. Round 2 - Alfred Bannister (Maryland) won in sudden victory - 1 over Malik Amine (Michigan) (SV-1 7-5)
- Cons. Round 3 - Alfred Bannister (Maryland) won by decision over Eleazar Deluca (Rutgers) (Dec 5-4)
- Champ. Round 1 - Richie Lewis (Rutgers) won by major decision over Brendan Burnham (Maryland) (MD 20-7)
- Cons. Round 1 - Brendan Burnham (Maryland) won by decision over Austin Hiles (Michigan State) (Dec 11-4)
- Cons. Round 2 - Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by major decision over Brendan Burnham (Maryland) (MD 11-2)
- Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Ritter (Wisconsin) won by decision over David-Brian Whisler (Maryland) (Dec 5-3)
- Cons. Round 1 - David-Brian Whisler (Maryland) won by decision over Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) (Dec 3-1)
- Cons. Round 2 - Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over David-Brian Whisler (Maryland) (Dec 6-3)
- Champ. Round 1 - Youssif Hemida (Maryland) won by decision over Ben Stone (Wisconsin) (Dec 8-3)
- Quarterfinal - Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Youssif Hemida (Maryland) (Dec 8-1)
- Cons. Round 2 - Youssif Hemida (Maryland) won by fall over David Jensen (Nebraska) (Fall 0:45)
- Cons. Round 3 - Youssif Hemida (Maryland) won by decision over Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) (Dec 8-3)
- Quarterfinal - Johnny Jimenez (Wisconsin) won by decision over Brandon Cray (Maryland) (Dec 6-2)
- Quarterfinal - Griffin Parriott (Purdue) won by decision over Justin Alexander (Maryland) (Dec 7-3)
- Quarterfinal - Brendan Burnham (Maryland) won by decision over Austin Hiles (Michigan State) (Dec 6-4)
- Quarterfinal - Max Lyon (Purdue) won by major decision over Niko Cappello (Maryland) (MD 17-5)