March 19, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - Third-seeded Hudson Taylor won his second-round match and advanced to Friday's 197-pound quarterfinal and four other Terps are still alive in the consolation bracket at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Taylor defeated Joseph Kennedy of Lehigh 9-2 in the second round Thursday night, using three takedowns to take an early lead and stay in control throughout. The senior faces Eric Lapotsky of Oklahoma in Friday's morning session, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Should Taylor win the quarterfinal match, he would clinch All-American status and become Maryland's first three-time All-American.
Kyle John, who had a bye through Thursday's second round match, is also in the consolation bracket.
At 125 pounds, James Knox was eliminated from the tournament with a 9-2 loss to Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma.
"I'm very disappointed with today," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It's no secret that we had high expectations coming into this weekend. The good thing is we're still in the tournament. Tomorrow is a new day. They get a chance to bounce back. It's in our hands and we have a chance to fight back and be All-Americans."
Bell will face Flint Ray of Utah Valley State next, Krom matches up with Anwar Goeres of Binghamton and Asper faces eighth-seeded Shane Onufer of Wyoming. John, meanwhile, is paired with 12th-seeded Steven Brown of Central Michigan.