Each week during the 2013-14 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is senior Jimmy Sheptock of the Maryland wrestling team.
Only three Maryland wrestlers in history had ever tasted the bright lights of the NCAA Wrestling Championship finals, and on Saturday, Jimmy Sheptock became the fourth
The top-seeded competitor entering the tournament, Sheptock easily made it through the first three rounds before knocking off Jack DeChow of Old Dominion to advance to the finals against Penn State’s Ed Ruth.
It's really exciting," Sheptock said after the match. "I mean, I didn't even know [that he was Maryland's first finalist in 45 years] until the coaches said it after I walked off the mat. I know we have two national champs in history. So I'm looking to make it a third. Pretty excited about that.”
Gobel Kline, who won the title at 152 pounds, was that finalist in 1969. While Sheptock was not able to duplicate that feat after falling to Ruth on Saturday night, he became just the second national runner-up in Terp wrestling history. Ernie Fischer finished second at 167 pounds in 1954.
Sheptock ends his career as one of Maryland’s all-time greats. The Northampton, Pa. native is a two-time All-American and three-time ACC Champion. Sheptock is also one of the few Terps ever to capture a Midlands title and finishes his career with a spectacular 129-20 record. In January, he became the first Maryland wrestler to ever obtain a No. 1 national ranking.
“I’m really proud of Jimmy,” head coach Kerry McCoy said after the final. “He had an awesome career and will go down as one of our program’s best.”