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Maryland wrestling’s Youssif Hemida earns silver medal at U-23 World Championships

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland wrestling Youssif Hemida Photo by Maryland Athletics

Maryland wrestling heavyweight Youssif Hemida earned a silver medal after finishing second in the 125-kg bracket at the U-23 World Championships in Russia on Sunday.

The senior began the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Japan’s Yasuhiro Yamamoto, which he followed up by pinning Mongolia’s Samhan Jabrailov to move onto the semifinals.

Hemida met Georgia’s Rolandi Adriadze in the semfinal, with Hemida getting the edge in a very tightly contested match. The two traded traded points early on after neither could score on a shot clock, and again at the end of the match after each forced a step out. With 10 seconds remaining, Hemida found the first and only takedown of the match, winning the bout 4-2.

Hemida’s gold medal run came to an end in the final match, as he fell to 2015 Junior World Champion Said Gamid Gamidov.

“I’m extremely proud of Youssif,” Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy said. “It’s awesome for him to bring home a medal. He set his goal, worked hard for it and gave it his all. That’s all you can do. This experience has been fantastic for him and will certainly propel him to more success in the future.”

Hemida will be return to his Maryland teammates, where he will serve as one of three team captains for the third straight season. With Maryland’s dual schedule beginning in two weeks at Penn on Dec. 2, Hemida will have to refocus on his collegiate career and begin preparing for the Big Ten slate.

In other news

Maryland football’s upset effort against No. 10 Ohio State fell just short, as the Terps lost 52-51. Sitting at 5-6, Maryland’s final chance at reaching bowl eligibility will come next weekend at No. 14 Penn State.

The game drew the highest TV ratings of the weekend in college football.

Men’s basketball took care of business against Hofstra and Mount St. Mary’s, winning both games by double digits. Bruno Fernando led the way in both wins, scoring 17 and 21 points and shooting 18-of-20 from the field over both games.

The women’s basketball team blew past No. 10 South Carolina, as six players scored in double digits in a 85-61 victory.

For the second straight season, Maryland field hockey’s season has ended in a national championship loss, as the Terps fell to UNC 2-0.

Men’s soccer advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating NC State 2-0. Maryland will meed sixth-seeded Duke this Saturday for a shot to play in the quarterfinals.

Volleyball suffered consecutive losses over the weekend, falling to No. 3 Minnesota 3-1 and No. 7 Wisconsin 3-0. The Terps wrap up their season this coming weekend with matches at Iowa and Nebraska.