#16 Terps Head to Nittany Lion Open

Nov. 29, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 16th-ranked Maryland wrestling team (4-1) will send a majority of its roster to University Park, Pa., this weekend to compete in the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The Terps will compete against approximately 500 wrestlers from over 30 teams at the annual event hosted by the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club.

Wrestling will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University.

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Last Time Out

The Terps went 2-1 at the Northeast Duals last weekend in Troy, N.Y., with wins over Columbia and No. 22 Purdue.

At 184, 10th-ranked Jimmy Sheptock won all three of his matches including a 9-2 decision over 11th-ranked Tony Dallago of Illinois.

Thirteenth-ranked Geoffrey Alexander and 15th-ranked Shane Gentry also had victories over ranked foes. Alexander knocked off then-No. 8 Cashé Quiroga of Purdue, 9-3, and Gentry defeated No. 16 Camden Eppert of Purdue, 5-4.

Next Up

Maryland travels to No. 18 Pittsburgh on Friday, Dec. 7 to take on the Panthers at 7 p.m.

Maryland's Attached Probable Participants
Wt. Wrestler Yr. Hometown W-L MD TF Falls
125 Shane Gentry Jr. Stafford, Va. 8-1 0-0 0-0 2-0
125 Paul O'Neill R Fr. Bethesda, Md. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
125 Josh Polacek R Fr. Johnstown, Pa. 4-2 1-0 0-0 1-0
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 6-2 1-0 0-0 2-1
141 Brad Molina Sr. Annapolis. Md. 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-0
141 Danny O'Malley Jr. Holbrook, N.Y. 2-4 0-1 0-0 0-1
149 Lou Mascola So. East Hanover, N.J. 5-4 0-0 0-0 3-0
157 TJ Guidice R Fr. Hillsborough, N.J. 2-2 0-2 0-0 1-0
157 Brady Massaro R Fr. Severna Park, Md. 1-4 0-2 0-0 1-0
157 Sean O'Malley R Fr. Holbrook, N.Y. 5-6 0-1 0-0 2-2
157 Danny Orem Jr. Glen Burnie, Md. 2-1 0-1 0-0 0-0
165 Josh Snook R Fr. Bear, Del. 1-4 1-0 0-0 0-1
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 6-1 2-0 0-0 2-0
174 Aaron Norris Sr. Bethesda, Md. 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 9-0 3-0 2-0 2-0
184 Tony Gardner Jr. Reisterstown, Md. 9-4 0-2 1-0 2-0
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 4-1 0-0 0-0 0-0
197 Ty Snook Jr. Bear, Del. 3-3 0-0 0-0 3-0
285 Carl Buchholz R Jr. Malvern, Pa. 4-3 0-1 0-0 2-0
285 Frank Schaafsma R Fr. Florham Park, N.J. 2-5 0-0 0-0 1-2

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2012-13 Preseason Preview
· Lower Weights: Plenty of Experience For Terps
· Middle Weights: Spots Up For Grabs
· Upper Weights: Title Contenders

Poll Central

Follow the Terps and their opponents during the 2012-13 season via these national polls:
USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll
WIN Magazine

Terps In The Polls
Wt. Wrestler Yr. Hometown AWN InterMat WIN D1CW
125 Shane Gentry Jr. Stafford, Va. 12 15 12 17
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 13 13 12 13
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 5 6 5 6
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 9 10 8 9
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 12 14 14 15

Top Of The Table

Following the Northeast Duals, 184-pound Jimmy Sheptock leads the team or is tied for the team lead in eight dual-meet categories.

Sheptock leads the Terps in: dual points scored (21), technical falls (1), takedowns (14), two-point near falls (4), three-point near falls (3) and bonus points scored (15).

He is tied for the team lead in major decisions (1) and reversals (2).

Alexander and Ranked Opponents

Of the eight matches 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander has wrestled this season, three have been against opponents ranked in the top 20, which is tied for the most on the team with Lou Mascola.

Alexander is 2-1 with wins over 14th-ranked Cashé Quiroga of Purdue and 20th-ranked Colin Johnston of West Virginia.

Title Town

Four Terrapins won individual titles at the Brockport/Oklahoma Classic: Josh Asper (174), Christian Boley (197), Shane Gentry (125) and Jimmy Sheptock (184).

For Asper, it was his third consecutive title at Brockport with his first two coming at 165 pounds. Boley has won the 197-pound title the past two years.

Hudson Taylor Award

After each home dual meet this season, the Maryland coaching staff will select one wrestler as the recipient of the Hudson Taylor Award. The award is given to the most outstanding Terrapin wrestler in the meet.

Geoffrey Alexander received the award following Terrapin victories over Johns Hopkins and West Virginia to open the season.

ACC Recognizes Alexander

Geoffrey Alexander earned Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 6 after posting a 2-0 record at the season-opening Terrapin Duals.

Alexander is a first-time recipient. The sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., kicked off the day with a pin of Johns Hopkins Ray Yagloski 1:59 into the match as the Terps defeated the Blue Jays, 40-6.

In his second match of the afternoon against then-No. 17 Colin Johnston of West Virginia, Alexander grinded out a 7-5 decision to help the Terps defeat the Mountaineers, 24-10.

Alexander shared the honor with Duke's Conner Hartmann, who won the 197-pound title at the Hokie Open.

Welcome To 174

Josh Asper made his debut at 174 pounds Saturday, Nov. 3 at the NWCA All-Star Classic. The Parkton, Md., native was pitted against two-time All-American Jordan Blanton of Illinois, who began the season ranked No. 2.

Asper made a statement. After three periods could not separate the two wrestlers, Asper scored a takedown in overtime to win 3-1.

With the win, Asper remained undefeated in the annual showcase. He is 3-0 and has appeared in this event more than any other Maryland wrestler in program history.

Schedule The Best

Maryland's 2012-13 schedule features several of the nation's elite. The Terps face 12 teams that were among the top 30 at the NCAA Championships including two top-10 programs in Ohio State and Illinois.

The Terps faced No. 6 Illinois on Nov. 24 at the Northeast Duals and are scheduled against No. 5 Ohio State on Dec. 16 at Madison Square Garden.

In addition, Maryland defeated No. 22 Purdue and will take on No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Virginia, No. 18 Pittsburgh, No. 25 Bloomsburg, and potentially faces No. 7 Missouri and/or No. 19 Wyoming at the NWCA National Duals.

Movin' On Up

During the offseason, several wrestlers made the move to a higher weight class.

Lou Mascola defeated Danny Orem at the Red & Black Wrestle-Offs to earn the starting nod at 149. Mascola wrestled at 141 last season and finished with a record of 10-12.

Ben Dorsay, who started for the Terps last season at 149, makes the jump to 157 this season. Dorsay is expected to redshirt this year.

After placing sixth at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season in 2012, Josh Asper climbs to 174. Asper has compiled a record of 63-9 over the past two seasons.

At 184, Jimmy Sheptock slides up from 174 where he went 27-6 last season en route to his first ACC Championship.

Ty Snook moves up from 184 to 197 following a 14-15 campaign in 2012 where he will compete with Christian Boley.

In The Hunt

The Terps placed seven wrestlers in the finals of last season's ACC Championships. Six of the seven wrestlers return for Maryland including three conference champions.

Christian Boley and Jimmy Sheptock will be looking for their second ACC title in as many seasons. Josh Asper will be looking to regain the crown after losing in the 165-pound final.

Geoffrey Alexander and Shane Gentry will both be looking for their first titles after falling in last season's championship round.

Grapple at the Garden

The Terps schedule includes a trip to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 16. It is the first-ever collegiate wrestling event to be held at the world famous arena.

Maryland will take on two Big Ten powerhouses in No. 5 Ohio State and No. 9 Nebraska.

Head Coach Kerry McCoy

Beginning his fifth season at Maryland, head coach Kerry McCoy has compiled a record of 60-17-2, which is the highest winning percentage in program history (.772). McCoy, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year honoree, led the Terps to their second consecutive ACC crown in 2012. McCoy's accomplishments are numerous and include:

-22 All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees
-15 ACC Champions
-Six All-Americans
-Three ACC Championships
-Three top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships
-Two ACC Wrestler of the Year honorees
-Two ACC Tournament MVP honorees

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