CLEVELAND -- After defeating Lehigh's Jordan Wood in Friday's Blood Round, junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida became the 20th-ever Maryland wrestler to become an NCAA All-American.
"This is an incredible accomplishment for Youssif," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "A year ago we were sitting here after the Blood Round and we had a much different feeling. This accomplishment is a testament to his hard work over the past year and proves that he can accomplish any goals he sets for himself. He has joined an elite group of wrestlers who have reached this level of success in our program's history and there is nobody more deserving of this than Youssif."
Hemida entered the NCAA Championships seeded 12th in the heavyweight class. His run to become an All-American was headlined by a second round victory over fifth-seeded Sam Stoll of Iowa. Hemida's Blood Round win was his 30th of the season, which is good for most on the Terrapin roster. It was also his seventh victory over a ranked opponent this season.
The junior lost in the Blood Round at the 2017 NCAA Championships, falling to Arizona State's Tanner Hall by a single point.
Hemida's run in the NCAA Championships will continue on Friday evening, taking on No. 11 Mike Hughes of Hofstra. The winner will advance in the consolation bracket, with the loser moving in to the 7th-place match.