NWCA Regionals Next Up for Terps

Feb. 15, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (12-7, 3-2 ACC) heads to Columbia, Mo., on Sunday to compete in the regional round of the 2013 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals.

Sixth-ranked Missouri, the region's top seed, 16th-ranked Purdue and 20th-ranked Wyoming join the Terps at the regional.

Maryland will face Missouri at 11 a.m. ET and matchup against the Boilermakers or Cowboys at 1 p.m. ET.

The winner of the regional will advance to finals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 23-24.

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Mark Your Calendar

The 2013 ACC Championships return to Comcast Center for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, March 9. Maryland will be looking to win its third consecutive conference title and fifth in the past six years.

Last Time Out

The Terps completed their ACC dual schedule with a pair of wins over Duke and NC State on Saturday.

Maryland won 9 of 10 matches against the Blue Devils to cruise to a 38-3 victory in the first dual of the day. In the afternoon, technical falls from Jimmy Sheptock and Ty Snook propelled the Terps to a 22-19 win over NC State.

Next Up

Maryland will celebrate Senior Day on Thursday, Feb. 21 as it plays host to George Mason at Comcast Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Maryland's Probable Starters
Wt. Wrestler Yr. Hometown W-L MD TF Falls
125 Shane Gentry Jr. Stafford, Va. 16-8 0-1 1-0 3-0
125 Paul O'Neill R Fr. Bethesda, Md. 5-5 0-1 0-0 2-1
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 19-6 3-1 0-0 8-1
141 Shane Arechiga So. Silver Spring, Md. 17-12 3-1 0-2 4-4
149 Lou Mascola So. East Hanover, N.J. 9-10 0-1 0-0 4-0
157 TJ Guidice R Fr. Hillsborough, N.J. 11-12 1-4 1-0 5-3
157 Brady Massaro R Fr. Severna Park, Md. 3-10 0-4 0-0 1-0
157 Danny Orem Jr. Glen Burnie, Md. 4-10 0-5 0-0 1-0
165 Domenic DeRobertis Jr. Malvern, Pa. 4-6 0-2 1-1 0-0
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 14-1 3-0 0-0 2-0
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 32-3 7-0 5-0 4-0
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 19-6 3-0 1-0 4-0
197 Ty Snook Jr. Bear, Del. 8-9 1-0 2-0 3-2
285 Dallas Brown Jr. Wellsville, Pa. 10-6 0-0 0-0 2-0

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Scouting The Terps

2012-13 Maryland Terrapins: 12-7, 3-2 ACC (WIN #21, InterMat #20)
Roster Schedule Statistics Digital Media Guide

The Terps picked up two wins to close their ACC dual schedule on Saturday over Duke and NC State.

Since losing three matches in a row at the end of December through early January, Geoffrey Alexander has won nine consecutive matches at 133 with four coming by pin.

At 125, Shane Gentry has faced seven nationally-ranked wrestlers this season including five top-10 wrestlers.

Since the return of Josh Asper at 174, the Terps have not dropped a match at 174, 184 or 197 since Jan. 12. Asper, Jimmy Sheptock and Christian Boley are a combined 23-0.

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

Scouting The Tigers

2012-13 Missouri Tigers: 12-2, 1-1 MAC (NWCA #6, WIN #5, InterMat #6)
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Tigers enter Sunday winners of 4 of 5 with their lone loss coming against top-ranked Oklahoma State.

Missouri features nine nationally-ranked wrestlers including top-ranked Dom Bradley at heavyweight.

Nathan McCormick (133) and Brent Haynes (197) lead the squad in dual points with 48. Among active starters, McCormick and Mike Lawson (184) lead the team with five pins, while Porter is tops with 49 dual takedowns.

Sunday's Probables:

125: No. 4 Alan Waters (21-0)/Boomer Boydand (15-12)
133: No. 5 Nathan McCormick (26-2)
141: Nicholas Hucke (9-9)/Trevor Jauch (22-7)
149: No. 15 Drake Houdashelt (21-8)/Trevor Wiest (28-11)
157: No. 16 Kyle Bradley (21-10)
165: No. 16 Zach Toal (19-12)
174: No. 13 Todd Porter (26-6)
184: No. 12 Mike Larson (23-8)/Johnny Eblen (19-3)
197: No. 11 Brent Haynes (26-5)
285: No. 1 Dom Bradley (28-0)/Devin Mellon (21-4)

Scouting The Boilermakers

2012-13 Purdue Boilermakers: 14-5, 5-3 Big Ten (NWCA #16, WIN #35, InterMat #36)
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Boilermakers have won four in a row all against Big Ten foes.

Brandon Atwood (197) and Ivan Lopouchanski (149) are ranked one and two, respectively, with 69 and 65 dual points. Danny Sabatello (133) leads the team with 57 takedowns.

Sunday's Probables:

125: No. 16 Camden Eppert (21-8)
133: No. 16 Cashé Quiroga (7-1)/Danny Sabatello (11-8)
141: Brandon Nelsen (20-9)/Nick Lawrence (16-9)
149: No. 13 Ivan Lopouchanski (21-1)/Frankie Porras (8-7)
157: Tommy Churchard (17-1)
165: Pat Robinson (20-10/Doug Welch (13-9)
174: Chad Welch (17-9)/Kyle Mosier (10-8)
184: Patrick Kissel (21-9)
197: No. 18 Braden Atwood (21-6)
285: Alex White (7-15)

Scouting The Cowboys

2012-13 Wyoming Cowboys: 8-4, 3-1 WWC (NWCA #20, WIN #25, InterMat #26
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Cowboys have split their last four duals and are coming off a 34-10 win over Northern Colorado on Jan. 30.

Tyler Cox (125) has won 14 of his 15 matches including a defeat of No. 9 Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State.

At 197, Alfonso Hernandez has five tech falls, which ranks among the top 10 nationally, while at 157, Andy McCulley leads the team with 11 pins.

Sunday's Probables:

125: Tyler Cox (25-7)
133: Kasey Garnhart (10-11)
141: McCade Ford (10-12) OR Zach Zehner (15-6)
149: Brandon Richardson (11-15)
157: No. 13 Andy McCulley (24-6)
165: Dakota Friesth (12-16)
174: L.J. Helbig (19-8) OR Michael Poulos (5-11)
184: Shane Woods (21-11)
197: No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez (27-1)
285: Leland Pfeifer (1-7)

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. - - 14 21
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15 12 13 14
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 5 5 5 5
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 6 7 8 7
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 13 14 13 14

Series History

Sunday will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Maryland and Missouri. The Tigers hold a 3-1 advantage over the Terps with Missouri winning the last meeting in 2010 at the Northeast Duals.

If the Terps take on Purdue, it will be the third all-time meeting and second this season. Maryland defeated Purdue, 20-19, at the Northeast Duals. If Maryland faces Wyoming, it will be first all-time meeting.

ACC Honors For Sheptock

On Tuesday, Jimmy Sheptock earned Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week honors after a pair of dominating performances on Saturday.

It marks the third time this season the Northampton, Pa., native has earned or shared the honor.

Seventh-ranked Sheptock began Saturday with an 18-3 technical fall over Duke's Dylan Ryan, and closed the day with a 15-0 technical fall over NC State's Keegan Cerwinski propelling the Terps to a win in both matchups.

Sheptock now has five technical falls this season, which ranks second on the team. He also has a team-best 73 dual points and 56 takedowns.

Sheptock is the sixth Maryland wrestler to receive the award this season. Geoffrey Alexander has won the award twice, while Shane Gentry won the award last week.

Career 100

With the Terps victory over Duke on Saturday, Kerry McCoy reached 100 career victories. In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 72-24-1. His .747 winning percentage is currently the highest of any Terrapin head coach in program history.

McCoy spent three seasons at Stanford prior to coming to Maryland and finished with a record of 29-19.

Finish Him

Geoffrey Alexander notched his eighth pin of the season and team-best fifth in dual action when he took Virginia's 14th-ranked George DiCamillo to the mat for the fall 31 seconds into the match against Cavs on Feb.1. The pin is the fastest in the sophomore's career as a Terp.

Alexander has won nine consecutive matches with four of the victories by fall.

Rock Solid

Jimmy Sheptock is a perfect 19-0 in duals this season and is 32-0 for his career. In addition, the junior leads the team in dual points scored (73), dual major decisions (4), dual tech falls (3), dual takedowns (61), dual 2-point near falls (7), dual 3-point near falls (7) and reversals (4).

While taking his opponent to the mat 61 times this season, Sheptock has only been taken down once in dual competition.

Welcome Back

Since returning from injury on Jan. 12, Josh Asper has solidified the 174-pound position in the lineup for the Terps.

Asper is 8-0 with one major decision. The Parkton, Md., native also holds two victories over nationally-ranked wrestlers (No. 12 Mat Miller, Navy; No. 16 Jon Fausey, Virginia).

New Year, New Results

After going 7-5 in December, Christian Boley is undefeated in eight matches so far in 2013 including three victories by fall.

Of note, Boley pinned 16th-ranked Richard Perry of Bloomsburg, and defeated Virginia Tech's Derrick Borlie in overtime. Borlie defeated Boley at Midlands at the end of the calendar year.

Hudson Taylor Award

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

Geoffrey Alexander won the award for the sixth time this season with a 31-second pin of Virginia's George DiCamillo on Feb 1.

Chrisitan Boley took home the honor following the UNC dual with his third-period pin. The night before against Virginia Tech, Jimmy Sheptock received the award for the first time this season.

Shane Arechiga won the honor in the Terps' dual against Stanford. Arechiga earned a vital major decision against the Cardinal wrestling up a weight class at 149.

Sheptock Fifth at Midlands

Jimmy Sheptock went 5-2 at the 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to take fifth place at the prestigious tournament. The 184-pounder improved on his 2011 performance after finishing seventh last year.

Sheptock joined Steve Bell, Phil Brown, David Land,Mike Letts, Tom Reese andHudson Tayloras the only Maryland wrestlers to finish in the top eight twice at the Midlands Championships.

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.

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.

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.

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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