Terps Run Past Wolfpack in ACC Finale

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock and Frank Goodwin impressed as the Maryland wrestling team defeated N.C. State, 23-14, in its final match in the ACC Saturday night at Comcast Pavilion.

Goodwin swung the match for the Terps (7-8, 3-3 ACC) with a pin of Brian Hamman at 149 pounds. Sheptock punctuated the meet with an easy tech fall over Shayne Brady.

“I thought we had a little more fight and a little more pride in the last ACC match,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “I told them before the match that we wanted to go out the right way, and they did.”

The dual started at 197 pounds with No. 8 Christian Boley and KaRonne Jones. The Maryland senior was able to secure a third period takedown to seal a 3-2 victory.

At heavyweight, No. 6 Spencer Myers and No. 7 Nick Gwiazdowski contested a match that held massive national implications. After Gwiazdowski dominated the first two periods, Myers put the N.C. State standout in a pinning predicament in the third period, but was not able to finish. Gwiazdowski escaped and survived a few Myers takedown attempts to seal an 11-8 victory.

Billy Rappo got the Terps back on track at 125 pounds. The sophomore was alert in a number of tough scrambles and held on for a 3-2 victory. Shyheim Brown also won a close match, defeating Sam Speno, 4-2, to give the Terps a 9-3 lead.

At 133 pound, Tyler Goodwin got past Chris Wilkes by a 4-2 decision.

Goodwin then stepped up for the Terps at 149. After a number of close calls throughout the match, Goodwin locked up Hamman and pinned him at 6:05 to the roar of the Comcast Pavilion crowd.

The Wolfpack followed with a three-match run, No. 18 Thomas Gantt and Nijel Jones took major decision victories over Ben Dorsay and Tyler Manion, respectively, before No. 17 Pete Renda outlasted Ty Snook, 7-2.

Sheptock then closed the dual strong at 184 pounds. The senior raced to a 16-0 victory on his birthday and extended his unbeaten mark to 23-0 to give the Terps a 23-14 win.

The dual marked the Terps’ final contest as a member of the ACC. Maryland holds the most ACC Championships with 24 and has produced the most individual ACC champions.

Maryland returns to action on Sunday against American. Action is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Comcast Pavilion with senior day ceremonies held just before the first match.  

Maryland 23, N.C. State 14

197: Christian Boley (MD) dec. KaRonne Jones (NCST), 3-2 (3-0)
285: Nick Gwiazdowski (NCST) dec. Spencer Myers (MD), 11-8 (3-3)
125: Billy Rappo (MD) dec. Micah Perez (NCST), 3-2 (6-3)
133: Tyler Goodwin (MD) dec. Chris Wilkes (NCST), 4-2 (9-3)
141: Shyheim Brown (MD) dec. Sam Speno (NCST), 4-3 (12-3)
149: Frank Goodwin (MD) fall over Brian Hamann (NCST), 6:05 (18-3)
157: Thomas Gantt (NCST) maj dec. Ben Dorsay (MD), 15-5 (18-7)
165: Nijel Jones (NCST) maj dec. Tyler Manion (MD), 14-6 (18-11)
174: Pete Renda (NCST) dec. Ty Snook, 7-2 (18-14)
184: Jimmy Sheptock (MD) tech fall Shayne Brady (NCST), 16-0 (23-14)