March 23, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland wrestling head coach Kerry McCoy was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight season and the third time in the past four seasons, the league announced Wednesday. Seven Terps were named to the All-ACC team, which was the most in the conference. In addition, Maryland announced Friday that the University and McCoy have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension.
Maryland's conference-leading seven All-ACC selections include senior Kyle John (157), junior Josh Asper (165), redshirt sophomores Christian Boley (197) and Jimmy Sheptock (174), sophomores Shane Gentry (125) and Spencer Myers (285), and freshman Geoffrey Alexander (133).
"I am very proud of the team's accomplishments this season," said McCoy. "Having seven All-ACC selections really cements how special this year was. We are not satisfied, but will take some time to enjoy our accomplishments for a little bit and then get back to work "
McCoy guided the 2012 Terps to a 15-1 record, the highest winning percentage in school history, their second consecutive ACC championship, and helped the Terps send seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, which is the most since 1990. Under his leadership, Maryland has won three conference titles, has placed as high as 10th at nationals and has seen six wrestlers earn All-America status 10 times.
"To be honored as ACC Coach of the Year is validation of the excellent job Kerry and his staff did this season," said Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. "The program achieved a high level of success and I am excited the ACC recognized Kerry and the team's efforts."
At 165, junior Josh Asper earned All-ACC honors for the third consecutive year. The Parkton, Md., native reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before finishing sixth and becoming an All-American for the second year in a row. Asper was the runner-up at the ACC Championships and finished the year with a 24-8 record.
After placing second at the 2010 and 2011 ACC Championships, John broke through and won the 2012 title at 157 pounds with a pin of North Carolina's Corey Mock. John led the team with eight victories by major decision and finished the season with a mark of 23-11.
Boley led the Terps with 31 wins and went undefeated in conference. Boley won his first ACC championship with a 13-3 major decision over Zac Bennett of North Carolina at 197 pounds.
At 174, Sheptock finished one win shy of earning All-America status at the NCAA Championships. The Northampton, Pa., native also went undefeated in conference action winning the league title with a 10-2 major decision over Virginia Tech's Chris Moon.
Myers, who became Maryland's first true freshman to earn All-America status in 2011, won his second ACC championship with a 3-1 decision over Virginia Tech's Chris Penny at 285 pounds.
Gentry became a first-time honoree with a second-place finish at the ACC Championships. Gentry was 10-4 in dual action and finished the season with a 14-8 record.
In his first season at Maryland, Alexander earned a spot on the All-ACC team after finishing runner-up at 133 pounds. Alexander upset second-seeded Matthew Nelson of Virginia in the conference semifinals. Alexander totaled 22 wins with six victories by technical fall in 2012.
Virginia Tech's Devin Carter was voted as the ACC Wrestler of the Year and his teammate, Nick Brascetta, earned ACC Freshman of the Year honors.
To see the complete All-ACC team, visit TheACC.com.
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