Sept. 11, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland wrestling team, coming off its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, has been tabbed the No. 6 team in the country in a preseason poll released by D1CollegeWrestling.net. The ranking is the highest in school history.
The Terps, who return three All-Americans in Steven Bell, Alex Krom and Hudson Taylor, have five wrestlers ranked among the top 15 in their respective weight classes. Taylor led the team in wins last year with 38, and is ranked No. 3 in the 197-pound class. Krom is also No. 3 at 141 pounds, while Bell is No. 4 in the 133-pound class. Senior Mike Letts is No. 6 in the 174-pound class, and junior Brian Letters rounds out the rankings for Maryland, coming in at No. 14 in the 157-pound class.
"It's great to be recognized in the rankings," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We have high expectations for this year and we are going to work hard to achieve our goals."
Maryland is the lone ACC school to be ranked in the top 15 in the team poll. The website ranks Virginia at No. 20 and Virginia Tech at No. 21. The Terps bring back the core of the team that finished 10th at the NCAA Championships last season, and add 13 newcomers that make up one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in program history. They kick off the season on November 7, when they will host Drexel and York for a doubleheader in College Park.