May 19, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Josh Haines and sophomore Hudson Taylor were named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Wrestling Team. Haines finished the season with a 16-10 record at 184 pounds while Taylor finished third at the NCAA Championships to become Maryland's first wrestling All-American since 1997.
Haines, a criminology and criminal justice major from Waltnutport, Pa., finished third at the 2008 ACC Championships. He was given the Tom Norris Unsung Hero Award at the team's annual awards picnic. Haines' 16 wins included three falls and a win over two-time All-American Tyrel Todd which proved instrumental in the Terps' victory against No. 5 Michigan.
Taylor, an interactive and performance arts major from Pennington, N.J., finished the season with a 37-3 record at 197 pounds and his third place finish at NCAAs was the best for a wrestler at Maryland since 1992. His win total was tied for the most in the ACC and tied for the eighth highest in all of Division I. Eighteen of his wins came by fall which tied for third nationally.
Taylor won the 197 pound title at the ACC Championships on March 8 at Comcast Center to complete a perfect season against conference competition at 10-0. Half of those wins came by way of fall.
Taylor was named ACC Wrestler of the Week a staggering five times which was more than any other team's total number of honors.