When seedings for the 2018 NCAA wrestling championships were announced, Maryland heavyweight Youssif Hemida’s eyes focused on one name.
“After I get that first win,” Hemida said, “I get a rematch against Stoll.”
Hemida (29-5) beat Virginia’s Tyler Love (9-19) in the first round of Thursday’s NCAA championships to earn his second chance at Stoll. No. 12 Hemida trailed No. 5 Stoll, 2-0, in the third period but earned a takedown and a four-point nearfall to win a 7-2 upset.
“I was kind of riding an emotional high for a little bit,” Hemida said. “Being the guy who was down, you know you’re a lower seed and you’re not supposed to win … To get that last second takedown just felt really awesome.”
Diehl (13-13) had a big upset over Penn State’s No. 8 Nick Lee (28-6), whom he lost to by a 22-10 major decision earlier in the season, in his first match of the day.
“The Q erupted with that because it was one of the first top-seeded guys to get beat,” coach Kerry McCoy said. “It was great for him to go out there and set the tone for the day.”
Bannister (24-9) bested Wyoming’s Sam Turner (25-17) by a 4-3 decision in triple overtime.
Diehl will wrestle Iowa’s Vince Turk (15-9) and Bannister will face Cortlandt Schuyler (13-11) of Lehigh in their weight classes’ consolation bracket.
Hemida faces No. 4 Jacob Kasper (37-2) of Duke in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story stated Ryan Diehl would face Vince Turk in his next matchup. He’ll face Chad Red. This story has been updated.