March 17, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Six University of Maryland wrestlers are preparing to compete in this week's NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The competition begins on Thursday and concludes with the finals on Saturday evening, which will be televised live on ESPN.
The Terps, who are looking to improve upon last year's tenth-place finish, the second-best in school history, will be represented by No. 3 Hudson Taylor, No. 7 Alex Krom, No. 10 Steven Bell, Josh Asper, Kyle John and James Knox.
"I feel like the guys are as good right now as they have been all year," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "They've stayed focused and on task the whole time and have really pushed themselves to make sure there is no stone left unturned. I feel good about our team and I think we're peaking at the right time."
Taylor is seeded third at 197 pounds and is Maryland's highest-seeded wrestler. The senior finished third at the last two NCAA Championships and is looking to become the school's first three-time All-American. He will face unseeded Danny Mitchell of American in the first round Thursday morning.
Krom is seeded eighth at 141 pounds and is looking to improve upon his fifth-place finish in which he became an All-American a year ago. He takes on unseeded Chris Drouin of Arizona State in the first round.
Bell is the third Maryland wrestler seeded in the tournament, coming in as the ninth-seed at 133 pounds. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and an All-American last season, Bell gets Akif Eren of Purdue in the first round. The two faced each other in January at the Wendy's Duals, with Bell prevailing 7-5.
Asper, John and Knox are unseeded and will all be making their first appearances at the NCAA Championships.
Asper faces unseeded Stephen Burak of Penn in the first round, which he beat 12-7 in the teams' dual match in December.
John goes against Keegan Davis of Oregon State, while Knox faces eighth-seeded Matt Steintrager of Central Michigan. Knox and Steintrager wrestled each other in December at the Midlands Championships, with Steintrager narrowly defeating Knox, 2-0, in overtime.
Maryland sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships last season and finished tenth. The Terps sent six wrestlers in 2008 and finished 21st.
Fans attending the Championships in Omaha are invited to attend a social at the Omaha Hilton on Saturday between the fifth and sixth sessions. Contact coach McCoy for additional details.
The 2010 NCAA Championships will be broadcast live in its entirety. NCAA.com will provide a live video stream of sessions I and II on Thursday, March 18, while ESPN will begin its coverage of the tournament on Friday, March 19. Sessions III, IV and V will air live on ESPNU, while the finals will air live on ESPN and ESPN360.com on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern)
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
- Session One - Noon on NCAA.com
- Session Two - 7 p.m. on NCAA.com
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
- Session Three - 10:30 a.m. on ESPNU and ESPN360.com
- Session Four - 7 p.m. on ESPNU
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
- Sessions Five - 11 a.m. on ESPNU
- Session Six - 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN360.com