Dec. 28, 2011
2011 Midlands Championships Website
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 13th-ranked Maryland wrestling team returns from holiday break on Thursday to compete against several of the top wrestlers in the country at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern University. Competition runs all day through Friday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., as more than 40 Division I, II and III teams are scheduled to compete in the annual tournament.
The Terps enter the competition 8-0 and feature six wrestlers ranked in InterMat's latest rankings led by second-ranked 165-pound junior Josh Asper.
The complete list of Division I programs competing at Midlands is as follows: No. 1 Iowa, No. 7 Illinois, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 12 Lehigh, No. 13 Maryland, No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Rutgers, No. 18 Northwestern, No. 19 Central Michigan, No. 24 Edinboro, Cal Poly (RV), Penn (RV), Purdue (RV), American, Bucknell, CSU Bakersfield, Clarion, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Princeton, Rider, Stanford, South Dakota State and Utah Valley.
Wildcats All-Access on NUsports.com will provide a live webstream from Thursday night's quarterfinals and the Big Ten Network will broadcast Friday's finals on tape delay at 10:30 p.m. Check your local listings for Big Ten Network availability in your area.
An approximate schedule of the event is listed below (all times Eastern):
Thursday, Dec. 29
Session I: 10:30 a.m.
Session II: 8 p.m. (Championship and consolation matches)
Friday, Dec. 30
Session III: 1 p.m. (Semifinals, consolation rounds, 7th place matches)
Session IV: 8 p.m. (1st, 3rd and 5th place matches)
Sophomore Shane Gentry entered the rankings last week at No. 25. The Stafford, Va., native is 9-2 on the season including three major decision victories.
Sophomore Jenkins Monzey will see his first action since the Brockport Open and is 3-2 this season.
The 125-pound draw will feature four top-10 wrestlers including second-ranked Matt McDonough of Iowa and nine wrestlers in the top-25.
Freshman Geoffrey Alexander enters the Midlands Championships at 13-4. Alexander has six wins by decision and three by major decision.
The field is led by second-ranked Tony Ramos of Iowa and will include seven wrestlers ranked in the top-10.
Iowa's Montell Marion, the top-ranked wrestler at 141, will enter as the tournament favorite, but will be challenged by two top-5 grapplers in No. 2 Zack Kemmerer of Penn and No. 4 Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly.
Sophomore Ben Dorsay will be the lone Terrapin representative at 149. Dorsay is 8-5 with six wins coming by decision.
Seven top-15 wrestlers will compete in the draw including No. 3 Mario Mason of Rutgers and No. 6 Eric Terrazas of Illinois.
Twelfth-ranked senior Kyle John is one of the top contenders at 157. John leads the Terps with five major decision wins.
The bracket includes three wrestlers in the top-5 led by second-ranked Iowa sophomore Derek St. John. No. 3 Jason Welch of Northwestern and No. 4 Ganbayar Sanjaa of American will challenge for the title as well.
Asper is the highest-ranked collegiate entrant at the Midlands Championships. Asper leads Maryland in wins (16), technical falls (5) and pins (4).
Asper will be challenged by four top-10 opponents in No. 4 Andrew Sorenson of Iowa State, No. 7 Scott Winston, No. 8 Bekzod Abdurakhmanov of Clarion and No. 9 Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh. Asper defeated Winston by decision at the Brockport Open.
Seventeenth-ranked redshirt sophomore Jimmy Sheptock and senior Corey Peltier will both compete at 174. Sheptock has won eight of his last nine matches including a victory over then-No. 12 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel at the Nittany Lion Open.
No. 3 Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly is the top-rated competitor in the draw. No. 6 Chris Spangler will also challenge for the title.
Redshirt sophomore Ty Snook will compete for the Terps at 184. Snook is 12-4 with four major decision wins.
The bracket is headlined by top-ranked Robert Hamlin of Lehigh and includes six other grapplers ranked in the top-25.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Boley enters the Midlands Championships ranked 10th and is only one of two undefeated Terrapin wrestlers. Boley captured the 197-pound title at the Nittany Lion Open with victories over then-No. 8 Daniel Mitchell of American and then-No. 10 Morgan McIntosh of Penn State.
Boley's competition includes third-ranked Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro, eighth-ranked Joe Kennedy of Lehigh and ninth-ranked Micah Burak of Penn.
Sophomore Spencer Myers is ranked 13th with a 12-4 record on the season and is 1-2 against ranked opponents.
Top-ranked Ryan Flores of American, who Myers has wrestled twice this season, headlines the draw. Third-ranked Zack Rey of Lehigh, sixth-ranked Peter Sturgeon of Central Michigan and ninth-ranked Bobby Telford of Iowa will also be in the mix.