Hemida Places 8th at NCAA Championships

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CLEVELAND -- The Maryland wrestling team closed out its 2017-18 campaign on Saturday with the conclusion of the 2018 NCAA Championships. 

Junior heavyweight and All-American Youssif Hemida led the way, placing eighth in the 285-pound weight class after dropping his final match of the weekend to Penn State's Nick Nevills. Hemida clinched his All-American status on Saturday, defeating 10th-seeded Jordan Wood of Lehigh in the Blood Round. 

Hemida became the 20th wrestler in program history to earn All-American plaudits. The last Terrapin to earn the honor was assistant coach Jimmy Sheptock, who was a two-time All-American after placing at the NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014. 

Hemida ended his season with a team-best 30 wins, including seven wins over ranked opponents. His 2017-18 season also included a third-place finish at the 55th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. 

Redshirt juniors Alfred Bannister and Ryan Diehl also participated in the NCAA Championships for the Terps.

Diehl picked up the first major upset of the tournament, pinning eighth-seeded Nick Lee of Penn State in the first period of his opening round bout. Diehl's trip to the NCAA Championships was the second of his career after qualifying for the 2017 championships last season. Diehl's season included eight dual wins, good for second-most on the Terrapin roster. He also won four matches by fall. 

Bannister also posted an opening-round victory in the NCAA Championships, knocking off Sam Turner of Wyoming. The La Plata, Maryland, native racked up 23 wins in the 2017-18 season, including two open tournament titles. Bannister also tallied nine pins on the season, second-most on Maryland's roster. 

The Terps are currently in 27th place with 12.5 points, which would be the team's highest finish since 2014. 

The Maryland wrestling team will celebrate its 2017-18 season with a banquet on Sunday, Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Dorothy D. & Nicholas Orem Alumni Hall Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Maryland.