MANHEIM, Pa. -- Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida was named a 2018 Academic All-American, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Thursday.
He becomes Maryland's first Academic All-American since Jimmy Sheptock in 2014. Hemida also earned All-Academic Big Ten plaudits in March.
Hemida joins a prestigious list of student-athletes from around the country who met the following qualifications in the current academic year:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and won 60% or more of his/her total schedule in the 2017-18 season; AND/OR was a 2018 NCAA Qualifier
- OR, achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and earned 2018 NCAA All-American honors
The Mamaroneck, N.Y., native led the way for Maryland this season, finishing the year as a 2018 NCAA All-American. Hemida placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships before earning his eighth-place finish and spot on the podium at the NCAA Championships.
He finished the season with a team-best 30 wins, including a team-high eight Big Ten victories. He also collected nine pins on the year, which was tied for second-most on the team.