Maryland Wrestling in Second Through ACC Championship Semifinals

March 7, 2009

BLACKSBURG, Va. - With 42 points, the University of Maryland wrestling team is tied for second place with North Carolina through the semifinals of the ACC Championship at Virginia Tech. The host Hokies are in first place with 47 points.

Brendan Byrne (125 pounds), No. 11 Steven Bell (133 pounds), No. 10 Alex Krom (141 pounds) and No. 9 Hudson Taylor (197 pounds) have all advanced to the finals in their weight classes and have each clinched an NCAA berth in the process.

Virginia Tech has five wrestlers in the finals, while both Maryland and Virginia have four.

Byrne received a bye in the first round and then beat North Carolina's Nick Shields, 10-1, to advance to the finals, where he will face No. 12 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech for the championship.

Bell also received a bye and then edged NC State's Darrius Little, 2-1, in the semifinals. Bell will face North Carolina's Mike Rappo in the final.

At 141 pounds, Krom took a 4-3 decision from No. 17 Nick Nelson of Virginia. Krom will face No. 18 Chris Diaz from Virginia Tech in the final.

Taylor made short work of NC State's Joe Trotto in the first round, winning by fall in 1 minute, 11 seconds. Taylor followed up that fall with a decisive, 10-0, major decision against Virginia Tech's D.J. Bruce. Taylor is scheduled to face No. 19 Brent Jones in the championship match.

Brian Letters (165 pounds) and Patrick Gilmore (HWT) won their first-round matchups, but were defeated in the semifinals.

The finals are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.