COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a split at the Grapple at the Garden, the Maryland wrestling team hosts ACC newcomer, No. 11 Pittsburgh, at the Comcast Center Pavilion Friday night. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Who: No. 11 Pittsburgh
Where: College Park, Md
When: 7 p.m Friday
Venue: Comcast Center Pavilion
Last Time Out
The Terps fell to No. 6 Cornell before knocking off Rutgers after a thrilling comeback.
Down 18-6 going into the final three bouts, the Terps were able to notch three straight wins to secure the match. Jimmy Sheptock, Christian Boley and Spencer Myers proved the Terps' strength in the heavier weight classes, pulling back enough points to nip the Scarlet Knights.
Earlier in the day, Shyheim Brown notched an upset victory over No. 4 Mike Nevinger at 141 pounds, but the Big Red pulled away for a 31-9 win.
After an extended break from dual action, the Terps go on the road to face future Big Ten rival Michigan on Jan. 5. The Terps return home on Feb. 8 against Duke.
Scouting the PanthersProbables:
125 –Anthony Zanetta
133 –Shelton Mack or Derrick Nelson
141 – Edgar Bright or Jake Keller
149 – Mikey Racciato
157 – Eric Nutter or Cole Sheptock
165 – Geno Morelli
174 –Tyler Wilps
184 – Max Thomusseit or Aaron Rothwell
197 – Nick Bonaccorsi
285 – P.J. Tasser or Mike Gregory
The Panthers enter Friday’s contest with a 2-0 record after a tight 16-15 victory over Lehigh. First year Pitt head coach Jason Peters boasts five ranked competitors on his squad, including fifth-ranked Max Thomusseit, a two-time NCAA qualifier at 184 pounds. No. 8 Tyler Wilps provides the Panthers with a standout option at 174 pounds, while No. 10 Anthony Zanetta and No. 14 Shelton Mack anchor the lower weight classes at 125 and 133 pounds respectively.
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Hall of Fame Credentials
Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy was named to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's class of 2014, as announced by the organization.
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
Jimmy Sheptock began his season with an exhibition win over No. 6 Jake Swartz of Boise State in the featured 184-pound bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic at George Mason University.
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.
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