Dec. 30, 2009
Evanston, Ill. - With the first day of competition at the Midlands Championships complete, the seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team is in fifth place, with three Terps having advanced to tomorrow's semifinals.
Maryland accumulated 51.5 points, good for fifth place, behind Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Central Michigan. No. 8 Steven Bell, No. 10 Alex Krom and No. 3 Hudson Taylor all went 3-0 on the day and advanced to the semifinals, scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Bell, who earned the three-seed in the tournament, will face Nate Moore of Iowa at 133 pounds in the semifinals. Should he win, he will face either one-seed Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State or three-seed Tyler Graff of Wisconsin.
Krom had three dominant performances on Tuesday, including a 12-4 major decision in the opening round and pinfalls in the next two rounds of the 141-pound division. Krom, the three-seed, will face a tough test in the semifinals in seventh-seeded Ryan Prater of Illinois, who defeated second-seeded Dan LeClere of Iowa State in the quarterfinals.
Taylor improved his record to 21-0 on the season and will face third-seeded Wynn Michalak of Chippewa WC in the semis. If Taylor advances to the championship, he could potentially face No. 1 and one-seed Jake Varner of Iowa State. Varner will face fifth-seeded Chad Beatty of Iowa in the other 197-pound semifinal.
Wednesday's championship round, scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern, will be televised on the Big Ten Network. For complete tournament information and to follow the action live, visit the official tournament website.