Maryland wrestler Spencer Myers joins football team

Maryland heavyweight wrestler Spencer Myers has been added to the Terrapins’ 2014 football roster as a defensive lineman, the school announced Wednesday morning.

Myers, a rising senior, will continue to wrestle for the Terps this season as well. The Selinsgrove, Pa., native has made his mark in the 285-pound division for Maryland, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s heavyweight title in 2011 and 2012. An all-American as a true freshman, he earned 62 wins between his freshman and junior seasons (he served a redshirt year in 2012-2013).

A standout football player in high school, Myers was honored as Pennsylvania’s defensive player of the year as a senior at Selinsgrove High School.

“This is something I have been contemplating since coming to Maryland,” said Myers in a statement. “It was one of the best decisions in my life to wrestle. But an opportunity arose to get a scholarship to play football and it’s something I’ve really wanted to do. It’s a great opportunity for me. I love both sports and I didn’t want to give up one for the other. Luckily, I was able to work it out.”

Maryland didn’t specify which position Myers will play, but the addition should help depth regardless. Senior defensive tackle Nate Clarke retired from football in June due to injury – but the Terps do have a stable of talent at defensive end led by senior  Andre Monroe and sophomore Roman Braglio, and freshman David Shaw should help depth on the interior of the line.

Myers becomes the latest wrestler to join the football team;  former Maryland wrestling great Carl Buchholz walked onto the football team as a fullback last fall.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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Roman Stubbs · June 30, 2014