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Maryland wrestling sends 3 to NCAAs at Big Ten Championships

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Ryan Diehl, Alfred “Baby J” Bannister and Youssif Hemida are headed to Cleveland.

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Maryland wrestling’s Ryan Diehl (141 lbs.), Alfred Bannister (149) and Youssif Hemida (285) all clinched automatic berths to the NCAA Championships in Cleveland after great performances at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Michigan.

Diehl placed eighth after losing in the consolation bracket on Sunday to Chad Red Jr. of Nebraska by a 6-3 decision. This will be Diehl’s second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.

Bannister placed fifth, his best career finish at the conference championships, after Ryan Deakin of Northwestern had to medically forfeit the fifth-place match. This is also Bannister’s second straight trip to the NCAAs.

Hemida placed sixth, his best-ever finish at the Big Ten Championships. He fell to Sam Stoll of Iowa in the championship bracket, and Nick Nevills of Penn State in the consolation bracket, putting him in the fifth-place match against Northwestern’s Conan Jennings. Hemida fell by a 3-2 decision due to riding time.

The NCAA Championships begin March 15, so the three will have just under two weeks to make any last-minute adjustments before traveling to Cleveland.