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Maryland wrestling’s Youssif Heimda earns All-American honors at NCAA Championships

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The heavyweight got his ultimate redemption in Cleveland.

Maryland wrestling Youssif Hemida Photo by Maryland Athletics

Maryland wrestling entered the NCAA Championships with three wrestlers: Ryan Diehl, Alfred Bannister and Youssif Hemida. The Terps left Cleveland with an All-American and two great performances, including an upset pin in the first round.

Hemida came into NCAAs as the No. 12 seed, but came out strong, winning his first-round match against Tyler Love of Virginia. He then upset No. 5-seed Sam Stoll of Iowa in a 7-2 decision, getting back points to win the match in the last 30 seconds of the third period.

After falling to No. 4-seed Jacob Kasper of Duke in the quarterfinals, Hemida advanced to the fifth round of wrestlebacks, eventually reaching the seventh-place match against Nick Nevills of Penn State, falling in a by a 7-5 decision. Hemida placed eighth overall, just enough to make All-American status. He’s the 19th Maryland wrestler to earn that honor, and the first since the Terps moved to the Big Ten.

Diehl came into NCAAs unseeded in the 141-pound class. In his first-round match against eighth-seeded Nick Lee of Penn State, Diehl pinned Lee, the first major upset at the championships. Diehl fell in the round of 16 and in the second round of wrestlebacks.

Bannister came into the tournament as the No. 16 seed in the 149-pound class, winning his opening-round bout against Sam Turner of Wyoming before losing to eventual national champion Zain Rutherford of Penn State.

Maryland finished 27th in the team standings with 12.5 points, its highest finish at the NCAAs since 2014.