Maryland's Taylor, Virginia Tech's Stephens Earn ACC Wrestling Honors

March 26, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland 197-pound senior Hudson Taylor, who finished his collegiate career as the Terrapins’ first ever three-time wrestling All-American, has been voted the 2009-10 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

The honor is the second for Taylor, who was also voted ACC Wrestler of the Year as a sophomore in 2008.

Brian Stephens, the ACC champion at 149 pounds who helped Virginia Tech to a share of first place during the regular season, was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year.

ACC Coach of the Year honors went to Virginia’s Steve Garland, who guided the Cavaliers to their fourth conference championship and their first since 1977.

Taylor, a four-time ACC Wrestler of the Week during the regular season, was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the ACC Championships on March 6. Taylor then earned All-America honors for the third straight year with a fourth-place finish in last weekend’s NCAA Championships at Omaha, Neb.

Taylor, a native of Pennington, N.J., finished the season 42-4 and leaves Maryland as the school's all-time winningest wrestler with a 165-28 career record.

Brian StephensVirgnia Tech’s plans originally called for Stephens to take a redshirt year, but an injury to returning starter Pete Yates thrust Stephens into a starting role before the Hokies competed in their first ACC match.

Stephens responded by winning 23 total matches, including a streak of 12 in a row late in the season. Stephens posted a 4-0 record in the ACC regular-season competition, then earned an automatic NCAA berth by winning the ACC Championship in his weight class. The Piqua, Ohio, native earned a national ranking from several publications.

Garland, a former Virginia standout who just completed his fourth season as the Cavaliers’ head coach, led his team to a 16-6 dual match record during the regular season. Virginia was consistently ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.

Virginia then peaked in postseason, winning the ACC Championship in a tough, three-way battle with Maryland and Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers saw a school-record eight wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Led by All-America 174-pounder Chris Henrich, Virginia led all ACC teams with a school-record 34 team points at the NCAAs. The Cavaliers placed 15th in the overall scoring. The showing was the second-best ever for Virginia, topped only by a 10th-place finish in 1957.

2010 ACC WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
Hudson Taylor, Maryland

2010 ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech

2010 ACC COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Garland, Virginia

2010 ALL-ACC
125 - Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech*
125 - Ross Gitomer, Virginia
133 - Steven Bell, Maryland*
133 - Matt Snyder, Virginia
141 - Alex Krom, Maryland*
141 - Chris Diaz, Virginia Tech
149 - Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech*
149 - Shawn Harris, Virginia
157 - Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech*
157 - Kyle John, Maryland
165 - Matt Epperly, Virginia Tech*
165 - Josh Asper, Maryland
174 - Chris Henrich, Virginia*
174 - Thomas Ferguson, North Carolina
184 - Mike Salopek, Virginia*
184 - Tommy Spellman, Virginia
197 - Hudson Taylor, Maryland*!
197 - Dennis Drury, North Carolina
285 - Konrad Dudziak, Duke*
285 - Ziad Haddad, North Carolina

* - ACC weight class champion
! - Most Outstanding Wrestler