Dec. 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Third-ranked Hudson Taylor won five matches, including three by pinfall, to take the 197-pound title Sunday at the Penn State Open and become the winningest wrestler in school history.
Combined with a win in Friday's dual meet against North Carolina, Taylor won six matches over the weekend, bringing his career win total to 140. That surpassed Brandon York's record of 139 wins, achieved from 1998-2002. York, who wrestled at 141 pounds, was a four-time NCAA qualifier and the only wrestler in Maryland history to win four ACC Championships.
Taylor, who tied the Maryland career pinfall record of 69 on Friday against North Carolina, brought his career total to 72, breaking the record set by Jake Stork (1999-2003). The senior from Pennington, N.J., has 13 pins this season. Stork had a single-season record 23 pinfalls in 2002-03.
"Hudson put himself on pace early in his career to be one of the best Maryland's ever had," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "This weekend he established that with the pins record and the most career wins record."
Taylor has improved steadily over his five seasons in College Park, increasing his win total each year. He won 19 matches while redshirting in 2005-06, 29 as a redshirt freshman, 37 as a sophomore, and 38 as a junior last season.
"Hudson has a desire to be the best," said McCoy. "He sets his mind to something and goes and gets it, and he is one of the best I have seen at doing that. He set his mind on pinning every one he wrestles. He put the work in last spring and summer, going to the Olympic training center and wrestling against elite-level guys. Every day he goes out there, he goes out to get takedowns and pins. He's been able to make that correlation between the way he practices and the way he competes."
Taylor won his second open title of the season by going 5-0 at the Penn State Open. After dispatching Jake Glore of Missouri 5-2 in the first round, Taylor broke the pinfalls record against Kyle Sanders of Ohio, getting the pin in just 2:19. He picked up another pin in the next round and earned an 11-5 decision over No. 19 Matthew Wilps of Pittsburgh in the semifinals. Fittingly, Taylor pinned No. 15 Brent Jones of Virginia in 1:51 to win the title and earn his 140th career victory.
A two-time All-American, Taylor is a perfect 17-0 on the season. He finished third at the NCAA Championships each of the past two seasons, and is only the fourth repeat All-American in Maryland history. Taylor has a chance to become the first three-time All-American in school history.