OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Maryland wrestler Jimmy Sheptock moved on to the quarterfinal round with two wins on the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday.
Five Terrapin wrestlers started the day and four will continue on to Friday’s action. Christian Boley and Shyheim Brown rebounded from first round losses with wins in their wrestlebacks while Spencer Myers won in the opening round and dropped his second match.
Sheptock, the top seed at 184 pounds, began his day against unseeded Ben Stroh of Wyoming and used a takedown and 2-point near fall in the third period to seal a 10-3 decision victory. The senior’s second match came against Air Force’s Devin Hightower, who upended 16th-seed Nick Vetterlein in the first round. Sheptock utilized a double leg takedown in the waning moments of the first period and ended up with a 4-0 decision.
The sixth-place in finisher in 2013 will wrestle Friday morning to try and earn All-American status for the second straight season. The Northhampton, Pa. native will face Blake Stauffer of Arizona State in the quarterfinals.
At heavyweight, Myers opened the championships with Dawson Peck of Chattanooga. After riding out Peck in the second period, Myers was able to hold off Peck’s attacks late in the third to secure a 2-1 victory.
In the second round, Myers faced Iowa’s Bobby Teford. The fifth seed stifled all of Myers’ offense and secured a third period takedown to win 3-0 with riding time. Myers will take on Nick Tavanello of Ohio State in the consolation round Friday morning.
Entering the tournament as the No. 9 seed at 197 pounds, Boley squared off with Binghamton’s Cody Reed to start his campaign. The two-time ACC Champion was unable to get much going over the course of three periods and lost on a takedown in sudden victory.
Boley rebounded with a routine win 9-3 win over Harvard’s James Fox in his wrestleback and will take on seventh-seed Travis Rutt on Friday.
At 141 pounds, Shyheim Brown faced No. 12 Richard Durso of Franklin and Marshall in the opening round. Brown was able to grab a reversal in the first period, but succumbed to Durso in the end, 5-2. The sophomore then left his first consolation round match late, but bested Joey Delgado of Oregon State with a reversal in the final moments of the match. Brown takes on sixth-seeded Chris Dardanes of Minnesota Friday.
Tyler Goodwin received a difficult draw and was the only Terp to be eliminated in the first day of competition. No. 9 Johanni DiJulius of Ohio State outgunned Goodwin, 15-4, in the opening round before Northern Illinois’’ Nick Smith pinned the 133-pound freshman in his wrestleback. Goodwin ends his first season at Maryland with a 15-10 record.
The Terps end day one tied for 37th in the team standings with four points. Three-time defending national champion Penn State is first with 26.5 points, while Oklahoma St. and Minnesota are tied for second with 21.5.
Action continues Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET with coverage available on ESPNU, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.