COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team ends its prolonged road trip with a dual in Charlottesville against No. 13 Virginia on Friday. Wrestling is scheduled to being at 7 p.m from Memorial Gymnasium.
125-pound starter Billy Rappo will attempt to build on his upset win over North Carolina’s Nathan Kraiser. Rappo’s biggest career victory helped propel the Terps to an 18-15 victory over the Tar Heels.
In the heavier weight classes, No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock, No. 8 Christian Boley and No. 6 Spencer Myers will once again be vitally important to the Terps’ success. At 184 pounds, Sheptock remained undefeated in Chapel Hill and his 21-0 record is one of the best in the country at any weight class.
Boley missed the Terps’ last contest, but will look to improve his 16-2 record in Charlottesville. Myers was dominant in a tech fall victory against the Tar Heels.
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|Maryland's Probable Starters|
|125||Billy Rappo||So.||Holland, Pa.||12-9||0-0||4-0||2-1|
|133||Tyler Goodwin||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||9-6||2-0||1-0||4-0|
|141||Shyheim Brown||So.||Harrisburg, Pa.||13-6||1-0||2-0||1-0|
|149||Frank Goodwin||Sr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-6||2-2||0-0||1-0|
|157||Danny Orem||Sr.||Glen Burnie, Md.||7-8||1-3||0-0||0-1|
|157||Ben Dorsay||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.||10-8||2-0||1-1||0-1|
|165||Josh Snook||So.||Bear, Del.||4-9||0-2||1-0||0-2|
|174||Ty Snook||Sr.||Bear, Del.||2-0||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|174||Tony Gardner||Sr.||Reisterstown, Md.||5-9||0-2||1-2||2-1|
|184||Jimmy Sheptock||Sr.||Northampton, Pa.||21-0||5-0||2-0||4-0|
|197||Christian Boley||Sr.||Brockport, N.Y.||16-2||1-1||1-0||1-0|
|285||Spencer Myers||Jr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.||18-2||0-0||4-0||3-0|
Last Time Out
The Terps won their first ACC dual over North Carolina, defeating the Tar Heels, 18-15, in Chapel Hill.
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 will come back home to face Duke on Feb. 8.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia enters Friday’s contest with a 13-3 record. The Cavaliers’ three losses have all come to ranked opponents, and the Cavs have taken out ranked foes Edinboro and Virginia Tech this season. Nick Sulzer, the second ranked 165-pound competitor in the country is Virginia’s most decorated wrestler. The junior is a 2013 All-American.
141-pound standout Gus Sako is expected to make his return for the Cavaliers. Ranked No. 9 by InterMat, Sako will clash with the Terps’ Shyheim Brown in one of the most important matches of the dual. Virginia sports ranked wrestlers from 141-184 pounds.
The Terps lead the all-time series, 40-22.
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.
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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