Feb. 24, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - University of Maryland grappler Hudson Taylor has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning.
Taylor, an all-American at 197 pounds and the defending ACC Wrestler of the Year, did not surrender a single point last weekend in a pair of matches against ranked competitors.
In last Saturday's high-profile rematch with No. 9 Cayle Byers of George Mason, Taylor, then ranked 10th in the country, earned a 5-0 decision to successfully avenge an early-season loss to Byers at the Nittany Lion Open. The Terps defeated George Mason, 32-10, in the match.
Taylor then came back Saturday with a crucial 12-0 major decision over No. 19 Brent Jones of Virginia. The victory against Jones was pivotal, as it re-gained the lead for Maryland after the Cavaliers had pulled ahead in the previous match. The Terps went on to win, 25-15, to finish 10-8-1 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC.
With the pair of wins, Taylor finished the season with a 29-6 record and perfect 5-0 mark in the conference. It was Taylor's second consecutive undefeated season in ACC action.
This is Taylor's first Wrestler of the Week honor this season and seventh in his career. Taylor won the award once as a redshirt freshman and five times last year. It is Maryland's second ACC Wrestler of the Week award this season, as Mike Letts was the winner in the season's opening week.
The regular season is now over for all ACC schools, as they prepare for the ACC Championship Saturday, March 7 at Virginia Tech. Maryland is the defending ACC champion.