May 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Alex Krom and sophomores Jon Kohler and Mike Letts have all enjoyed recent success against national competition. Krom, who redshirted the 2007-08 season, placed third at the University Nationals and Letts and Kohler were named All-Americans at the FILA Junior National Championships.
Krom finished third at the 145.5 pounds division at the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio and qualified for the University World Trials on May 23-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The winner of the trials will go on to represent the United States in the World University Championships in Thessalonica, Greece.
Krom was tabbed the Redshirt of the Year at Maryland's annual awards picnic on May 3. He won a pair of championships at 141 pounds at the Buffalo and Edinboro Open. He also earned a second-place finish at the Mat Town Open and a third-place finish at the Kent State Open.
Letts won the 174 pound freestyle division at the FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas in April. He qualified for the FILA Junior World Team Trials in the freestyle division and the winner of that tournament will represent the United States in the Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. The World Team Trials will also be held in Colorado Springs on May 23-24.
Letts won the ACC Championship this past season at 174 pounds for the second-straight season. The Parkesburg, Pa., product finished the season with a 22-6 record with nine major decisions and four pins. Letts has never lost to a conference foe in his two seasons and owns a 15-0 record against opponents from the ACC.
Kohler placed seventh in the 132.25 pounds division and earned All-America status along with Letts. The Annapolis native was named the team's Most Improved Wrestler at the awards picnic as he finished 17-14 at 141 pounds. Kohler recorded seven wins during his freshman campaign at 133 pounds.
Kohler won the ACC Championship at 141 pounds with all three wins coming against higher-seeded opponents.