Oct. 26, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland wrestling team will open regular season play at the Buffalo Open on Sunday with the highest preseason ranking in school history.
The Terps are ranked as high as No. 6 by both D1CollegeWrestling.net and Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN), and check in at No. 7 by WrestlingReport.com and No. 10 in InterMat's poll.
Maryland has three returning All-Americans that are ranked within the top five in the country.
Starting for the Terps at 133 pounds, Steven Bell is ranked as high as No. 4 in the country by several polls. WIN, Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) and D1CollegeWrestling all have Bell, a Connellville, Pa., native and senior returning All-American, ranked fourth. InterMat ranks Bell as the eighth best wrestler in his division.
At the 141-pound class, Alex Krom is ranked in the top five in all major wrestling polls and second nationally by WIN. Krom, a senior from Easton, Pa., and a returning All-American for the Terps, is ranked No. 3 by AWN and D1CollegeWrestling, and No. 4 by WrestlingReport and InterMat.
Hudson Taylor returns for the Terps at 197 pounds and is ranked at No. 3 in all five polls. The two-time All-American from Pennington, N.J. is ranked third by WIN, WrestlingReport.com, D1CollegeWrestling, Intermat and AWN.
The Terrapin wrestling team also has four others ranked in the top 25 that look to compete for All-American status and other national honors in the upcoming season.
At 174 pounds, junior Mike Letts from Parkesburg, Pa., is ranked fourth in the country by AWN, fifth by WrestlingReport and InterMat, and sixth by D1CollegeWrestling.
Wrestling in the 157-pound division, junior Brian Letters of Pittsburgh, Pa., is ranked No. 15 nationally by D1CollegeWrestling and No. 20 by WrestlingReport.
Junior heavyweight Pat Gilmore from Richboro, Pa., is ranked No. 25 by D1CollegeWrestling and No. 27 by WrestlingReport.
Rounding out the national rankings for the Terps is redshirt freshman Josh Asper of Parkton, Md., who is ranked No. 26 by WrestlingReport.