The upper weight classes are the Terrapins’ most stable divisions, featuring three talented performers capable of making a major mark on the national scene. All three expect to be a factor at the NCAA Championship in March in Oklahoma City.
Senior Jimmy Sheptock is in firm possession of the starting spot at 184 pounds. An All-American last season, Sheptock has been a staple for the Terps since his sophomore year, when the Northampton, Pa native burst onto the scene with an ACC title at 174 pounds. Sheptock would go on to compete at the NCAA Championships that season, but finish just short of becoming an All-American.
Last year, Sheptock once against had a standout season for the Terps, going undefeated in dual meets with a 21-0 record. Sheptock has an unblemished 34-0 dual match record in his college career. A dynamic competitor, Sheptock grabbed his second ACC title and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country by InterMat.
“Four years ago when he stepped on campus, [he was] one of our hardest workers, one of our most dedicated guys,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “If he can continue that, if he does that, there’s going to be good things in the end.”
Sophomore Christopher Jastrzebski will provide depth behind Sheptock at 184 pounds.
Senior Christian Boley provides the Terps with a powerful option in the 197 pounds weight class. A native of Brockport, N.Y., Boley has won two straight ACC titles and placed third in the conference championship his redshirt freshman year.
Blessed with great quickness for a competitor in his weight class, Boley is 28-3 in dual matches since his sophomore season and has achieved All-ACC honors twice. He recorded five victories by fall last season.
Sophomore and Severn native Dylan Devine will push Boley in the practice room and backup the senior at 197 pounds.
Senior Spencer Myers returns to the Terrapin starting lineup after serving a redshirt season last year. Myers went 11-0 in open competition last year and finished second at the National Collegiate Open.
Prior to his junior season, Myers had won two straight ACC titles at heavyweight. The Sellinsgrove, Pa. native finished sixth at the NCAA Championship his freshman year, earning All-American status. The senior is 62-20 overall in his career.
Freshmen Sean Twigg and Ryan Kail will backup Myers at college wrestling’s biggest weight division.