COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team will contest two home matches over two days this weekend. The Terps will take on N.C. State on Saturday at 4 p.m., before facing off with American on Senior Day Sunday at 5 p.m.
Head coach Kerry McCoy’s squad enters this weekend’s contests after a 37-7 drubbing of Duke. No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock, Tyler Goodwin and Ty Snook all picked up pins for the Terps (6-8, 2-3 ACC), who won the last eight matches of the dual.
No. 8 Christian Boley was the only Terp to pick up a win over a ranked opponent, taking out No. 18 Conner Hartmann. Shyheim Brown, Spencer Myers, Paul O’Neill and Frank Goodwin all won matches for Maryland.
The N.C. State match will mark the final ACC dual match for the Terps before they leave for the Big Ten. The Terps have won a conference high 24 ACC wrestling titles.
"I think it has been a very mutually beneficial relationship,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “In 60 years in the conference we’ve contributed some of the best wrestlers to come through the conference, both on and off the mat.”
The Terps boast 199 individual ACC champions. Brandon York is the only Terp to win four ACC individual titles, taking three at 133 pounds and one at 141 pound between 1999-2002. The Terps have three ACC champions currently on the roster in Sheptock (2012, 2013), Boley (2012, 2013) and Myers (2011, 2012).
Three Terps have won ACC Wrestler of the Year, James Guzzio (1997), Hudson Taylor (2008, 2010) and current administrative assistant Josh Asper (2011). McCoy has won three ACC Coach of the Year awards while John McHugh has two (1990, 1993) and Pat Santoro has one (2008).
“There was a time where our program was the dominant program and it made the other programs raise their level,” McCoy said. “Once they caught up to us, we had to reestablish our commitment to the sport and we got back on top. It’s a huge thing to be able to say we have the most team and individual championships”
On Sunday, Maryland's seniors will be honored for their contributions to the program. Carl Buchholz, Danny Orem, Ty Snook, Christian Boley, Jimmy Sheptock and manager Nicole Notardonato will take part in a celebration before the dual.
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Live stats for Saturday and Sunday will be provided by Track Wrestling: N.C. State. American.
|Maryland's Probable Starters|
|125||Billy Rappo||So.||Holland, Pa.||12-10||0-0||4-0||2-1|
|125||Paul O'Neill||So.||Bethesda, Md.||10-7||3-0||0-1||2-1|
|133||Tyler Goodwin||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||11-6||2-0||1-0||5-0|
|141||Shyheim Brown||So.||Harrisburg, Pa.||15-6||1-0||2-0||1-0|
|149||Frank Goodwin||Sr.||Gambrills, Md.||9-7||2-2||0-0||1-0|
|157||Danny Orem||Sr.||Glen Burnie, Md.||7-9||1-3||0-0||0-1|
|157||Ben Dorsay||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.||10-10||2-1||1-1||0-1|
|165||Josh Snook||So.||Bear, Del.||4-10||0-3||1-0||0-2|
|174||Ty Snook||Sr.||Bear, Del.||3-1||0-0||0-0||1-0|
|184||Jimmy Sheptock||Sr.||Northampton, Pa.||23-0||5-0||2-0||5-0|
|197||Christian Boley||Sr.||Brockport, N.Y.||18-2||1-1||1-0||1-0|
|285||Spencer Myers||Jr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.||20-2||1-0||4-0||3-0|
|285||Carl Buchholz||Sr.||Malvern, Pa.||7-1||0-0||0-0||4-0|
Scouting the Wolfpack
N.C. State enters Saturday’s showdown with an impressive 12-5 record. The Wolfpack are 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, but have contested close matches against then No. 7 Illinois and then No. 17 Virginia Tech.
No. 7 Nick Gwiazdowski has been sensational for N.C. State at heavyweight, compiling a 31-2 record. An All-American as a freshman at Binghamton, Gwiazdowski’s matchup against No. 6 Spencer Myers will have major national implications.
N.C. State has two other nationally ranked competitors in No. 17 Pete Renda and No. 18 Tomas Gantt. Renda, who competes at 174 pounds, has six wins by fall this season. The 157 pounds Gantt is 12-2 in duals this year and has five tech fall wins.
Scouting the Eagles
No. 7 David Terao leads American (6-6, 4-4 EIWA). The 125-pound competitor sports a 27-7 record on the season. He qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.
The Eagles do not list 197 pound No. 13 Dan Mitchell on their probable starters. He is out with an injury.
The Terps placed sixth at the Midlands Championships with a total team score of 68.5 points. The finish tied Maryland’s all-time best at the event (2009).
Sheptock won the title as the No. 2 seed in the 184-pound bracket. The senior wrestled a tight match with No. 1 seed Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa, with the match finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation. In the sudden death period, Sheptock was able to secure a takedown and the win after a single leg shot and a nice adjustment to the Hawkeye’s counter.
Boley, also a No. 2 seed, nabbed the title at 197 pounds. The New York native faced Purdue’s Braden Atwood in the final, and found himself in a 3-1 hole early the second period. In the middle of the stanza, Boley used an explosive move to notch a takedown and a near-fall. The two-time ACC Champion secured the 9-5 decision with a takedown in the third period.
Winning at Wilkes
While finding success at the Midlands, the Terps will also in action at the Wilkes Open in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Daniel Sanchez and Lou Mascola, both wrestling unattached, took home the titles at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively.
Sanchez ripped through his competition, never letting notching a fall and two majority decisions on his road to the title. Mascola defeated Mark Tessari of Hofstra, 11-5, in the final at 157.
The Terps finish up their dual slate with a short trip to George Mason on Feb 20.
Beating the Best
Jimmy Sheptock has defended his undefeated record against some of the best 184-pound wrestlers in the country over the early part of the season.
The senior's match against Lofthouse pitted the consensus No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers, in some order, at 184 pounds behind Penn State's Ed Ruth. Cornell freshman Gabe Dean, who recently defeated Ruth at the Southern Scuffle, lost to Sheptock at the Grapple at the Garden.
Sheptock also knocked off consensus top-10 competitor Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in the Terps' dual with the Panthers
The Pennsylvania native also took down Penn's Lorenzo Thomas, a top-15 184 pounder, in November. Sheptock leads the Terps in wins with 20.
|Terps in the Polls|
Hall of Fame Credentials
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
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.
2014 ACC Wrestling Tournament
Virginia Tech is set to serve as the host school for the 60th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship, which is set for Saturday, March 8 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
9:00 a.m........................ Doors Open
10:00 a.m.................... First Round &
.................. Quarterfinal Consolations
1:30 p.m........................... Semifinals
3:45 p.m........ Semifinal Consolations
5:30 p.m............... Consolation Finals
7:30 p.m................................. Finals
Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Virginia Tech ticket office at the link located below. Advanced tickets may be purchased for $5 each online. Tickets at the Door on the day of the Championship are priced at $10 each. ACC students with a valid ACC college ID will be admitted free, only on the day of the event.
ACC Wrestling Tickets Link: http://theacc.co/WRES14tix