As a Junior (2008-09): Earned All-American status for the first time, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships ... won second consecutive ACC championship at 133 pounds, posting a perfect 5-0 record in league matches ... lost only one dual match all season, finishing 15-1 ... 9-0 in major decisions and posted six wins by fall ... ranked as highly as eighth in the regular season ... went 7-7 against ranked competitors ... won two decisions at ACC Championship to earn conference title.
As a Sophomore (2007-08): Won 29 matches overall with a 16-3 dual record and 4-1 mark in the ACC ... won the ACC Championship at 133 pounds to advance to the NCAA Championships, where he won 3 matches ... first-team all-ACC wrestler ... went 3-0 at ACC Championship, defeating Darrius Little of NC State for the title ... defeated 11 and 19 ranked wrestlers at NCAA Championships.
As a Sophomore (2006-07): Missed the season due to an injury.
As a Freshman (2005-06): Won 12 matches in tournament action with two falls and three major decisions ... Finished second at the West Virginia Open, Wilkes Barre Open, and the Buffalo Open ... Took fourth at the East Stroudsburg Open. Before Maryland: Captured a state title at Connellsville High in Pennsylvania ... ranked as the 10th-best recruit at 125 pounds by Intermatwrestle.com ... finished fourth during his junior season and placed eighth at the national freestyle championships ... helped Connellsville to a runner-up finish at the 2004 state dual championships ... finished his high school career with a record of 128-36.
Personal: Steven Lester Bell ... son Leanne and Nicholas Bell ... one of two children with one older sister ... came to Maryland because of its location and the wrestling coaching staff ... majoring in family studies.
BELL'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year W-L Dual Falls Tech Falls Major Dec. 2006 12-9 0-0 2 0 3 2007 Redshirt Season 2008 29-10 16-3 1 0 9 2009 29-7 15-1 6 0 9 Totals 70-26 31-4 9 0 21