COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team will look for its first ACC dual match win of the season against North Carolina on Friday. Action is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m from Carmichael Arena.
Undefeated Jimmy Sheptock leads the Terps (4-7, 0-2 ACC) into Chapel Hill. The 184-pound star is the first Terrapin ever to obtain a No. 1 national ranking. Sheptock is 20-0 so far this season, defeating five ranked opponents along the way.
Heavyweight Spencer Myers, fresh off a win over No. 20 Ty Walz in the Terps’ loss to Virginia Tech, will also play a major role for the Terps. Myers' only two losses this year have come to No. 1 Adam Coon of Michigan.
Ty Snook made an immediate impact in his first match back from injury, providing a win for the Terps against the Hokies at 174 pounds. 133 pounder Tyler Goodwin also returned from injury in Blacksburg, and will look to get his first win since November against the Tar Heels.
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Friday’s contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
|Maryland's Probable Starters|
|125||Billy Rappo||So.||Holland, Pa.||11-9||0-0||4-0||2-1|
|125||Paul O'Neill||So.||Bethesda, Md.||5-6||0-1||2-1||0-2|
|133||Tyler Goodwin||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-6||2-0||1-0||4-0|
|141||Shyheim Brown||So.||Harrisburg, Pa.||13-5||1-0||2-0||1-0|
|149||Frank Goodwin||Sr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-6||2-2||0-0||1-0|
|149||Derrick Evanovich||So.||Venetla, Pa.||4-9||0-2||0-0||0-1|
|157||Danny Orem||Sr.||Glen Burnie, Md.||7-6||1-3||0-0||0-1|
|157||Ben Dorsay||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.||10-7||2-0||1-1||0-1|
|165||Josh Snook||So.||Bear, Del.||4-8||0-2||1-0||0-2|
|174||Ty Snook||Sr.||Bear, Del.||1-0||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|174||Tony Gardner||Sr.||Reisterstown, Md.||5-8||0-2||1-2||2-1|
|184||Jimmy Sheptock||Sr.||Northampton, Pa.||20-0||4-0||2-0||4-0|
|197||Christian Boley||Sr.||Brockport, N.Y.||16-2||1-1||1-0||1-0|
|285||Spencer Myers||Jr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.||17-2||0-0||3-0||3-0|
Last Time Out
The Terps dropped its second ACC contest of the season to No. 16 Virginia Tech. Jimmy Sheptock continued to knock off ranked opponents, taking out No. 17 Nick Vetterlein by 3-1 decision. Spencer Myers also defeated a ranked foe, edging No. 20 Ty Walz
The Terps placed sixth at the Midlands Championships with a total team score of 68.5 points. The finish tied Maryland’s all-time best at the event (2009).
Jimmy Sheptock and Christian Boley’s Midlands’ titles were also the Terps’ first since 2009 when Alex Krom won the title at 141 pounds. Spencer Myers also scored big for the Terps, finishing sixth.
Sheptock won the title as the No. 2 seed in the 184-pound bracket. The senior wrestled a tight match with No. 1 seed Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa, with the match finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation. In the sudden death period, Sheptock was able to secure a takedown and the win after a single leg shot and a nice adjustment to the Hawkeye’s counter.
Boley, also a No. 2 seed, nabbed the title at 197 pounds. The New York native faced Purdue’s Braden Atwood in the final, and found himself in a 3-1 hole early the second period. In the middle of the stanza, Boley used an explosive move to notch a takedown and a near-fall. The two-time ACC Champion secured the 9-5 decision with a takedown in the third period.
Winning at Wilkes
While finding success at the Midlands, the Terps will also in action at the Wilkes Open in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Daniel Sanchez and Lou Mascola, both wrestling unattached, took home the titles at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively.
Sanchez ripped through his competition, never letting notching a fall and two majority decisions on his road to the title. Mascola defeated Mark Tessari of Hofstra, 11-5, in the final at 157.
The Terps will stay on the road and face Virginia on Jan. 31.
Scouting the Tar Heels
The Tar Heels (5-6, 0-1 ACC) enter Friday’s affair with a two dual losing streak, with both losses coming to common opponents with the Terps. Virginia Tech took care of the Heels, 29-3, and Stanford came out of Chapel Hill with a 28-12 win.
Notable North Carolina results include a 24-12 win over Wisconsin to start the season and an 18-16 win over Eastern Michigan. Evan Henderson plays a starring role for the Tar Heels. The 141-pound All-American holds a 25-3 record and ranked No. 6 nationally. He also leads Carolina in falls with 12.
No. 20 Nathan Kraisser is the only other nationally ranked Heel. The 125 pounder is 16-7 this season with nine falls. Christian Barber has also been proficient for the Tar Heels in dual match competition, his seven wins at 149 pounds trailing just Henderson’s 10 for the team high.
Beating the Best
Jimmy Sheptock has defended his undefeated record against some of the best 184-pound wrestlers in the country over the early part of the season.
The senior's match against Lofthouse pitted the consensus No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers, in some order, at 184 pounds behind Penn State's Ed Ruth. Cornell freshman Gabe Dean, who recently defeated Ruth at the Southern Scuffle, lost to Sheptock at the Grapple at the Garden.
Sheptock also knocked off consensus top-10 competitor Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in the Terps' dual with the Panthers
The Pennsylvania native also took down Penn's Lorenzo Thomas, a top-15 184 pounder, in November. Sheptock leads the Terps in wins with 20.
|Terps in the Polls|
Hall of Fame Credentials
McCoy finished his college career at Penn State University with an overall record of 115-18. A three-time All-American, he won the NCAA Heavyweight Title in 1994 and 1997
Following his college career, McCoy starred for his United States, earning a sliver medal at the 2003 World Championships and winning five straight U.S Open Freestyle Championships from 2000-2004. McCoy twice represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games, finishing fifth in 2000 and seventh in 2004.
McCoy was named Maryland head coach in 2008 and has accumulated a 77-25-1 record over five years. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year, McCoy has won three ACC titles and coached seven All-Americans since he arrived in College Park.
“I’m truly honored and humbled by this,” McCoy said. “I’ve seen so many greats get into the hall and knowing my name will be listed with them is unbelievable. I’m so happy.”
All Star Status
An All-American last season, Sheptock will look to improve on his finish at the NCAA Championship last season and defend his ACC tittle. The senior is 8-0 in his campaign this season, with three dominating victories at the Terrapin Duals, a victory against Stanford and a tournament title at the Roadrunner Open. His final victory over of Kutztown put him over 100 victories for his Maryland career.