Three Terps Earn Academic Recognition

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - University of Maryland wrestlers Danny Orem, Billy Rappo and Jimmy Sheptock have been named to the 2013-2014 All-ACC Wrestling Academic team, the conference announced Thursday.

Orem, a senior kinesiology major, is now a two-time honoree after his appearance on the squad last season. The Glen Burnie, Md. native spent time as the starter at 157 pounds and wrestled at the ACC Championships.

Rappo and Sheptock are both first-time honorees. Rappo, who spent most of the season as the starter at 125 pounds, is in Letters & Sciences. He completed the season with a 13-10 record.

The academic honor caps a spectacular season for Sheptock. The senior communications major finished second at the NCAA Championships in March, becoming the first Terp to advance to a national final in 45 years. A three-time ACC Champion, he is the first Maryland wrestler to ever achieve a No. 1 national ranking and a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championships. He also won his first Midlands title in December and finished the season 32-1.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Virginia Tech standout Devin Carter captured ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Duke and North Carolina led all schools with five honorees apiece.