In his fourth trip to the U23 Nationals, Youssif Hemida was determined to get back on top of the podium. In 2017, Hemida finished runner-up, but in 2018 he took home the tournament title and earned a spot on the U23 World Team. Hemida went on to claim silver at the U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
In 2019, Hemida, a two-time All-American for Maryland who currently trains with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, fell to a fourth-place finish. In the third-place match he lost by technical fall to Iowa’s Anthony Cassioppi.
In 2020, Hemida advanced to the finals to face Cassioppi, a 2020 NWCA First-Team All-American, yet again.
Watch Hemida and Cassioppi wrestle below: