COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team returns to the friendly confines of Comcast Center Pavilion when it takes on Duke Saturday night. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Terps (5-8, 1-3 ACC) look to rebound from a tight 16-15 defeat at No. 13 Virginia. In Charlottesville, Tyler Goodwin and Shyheim Brown picked up victories at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Brown was particularly impressive in his upset win over No. 16 Joe Spisak.
No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock continued his impressive season against the Cavaliers. The 184-pound star took out Jon Fausey to up his record to 22-0. Sixth-ranked Spencer Myers remained untouchable in ACC action, edging Ethen Hayes, 4-3.
No. 8 Christian Boley returned from injury to defeat Zach Nye by decision. The Midlands champion at 197 pounds has only lost twice all season.
Do to the men's basketball against Florida State on Saturday, parking lots surrounding Comcast Center will not be open to the general public until 6 p.m. Plan on coming to Saturday night's dual after 6 p.m. to avoid any parking issues.
Follow the Terps
Saturday night's match will be shown live on TerpsTV($).
|Maryland's Probable Starters|
|125||Billy Rappo||So.||Holland, Pa.||12-10||0-0||4-0||2-1|
|125||Paul O'Neill||So.||Bethesda, Md.||9-7||3-0||0-1||2-1|
|133||Tyler Goodwin||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||10-6||2-0||1-0||4-0|
|141||Shyheim Brown||So.||Harrisburg, Pa.||14-6||1-0||2-0||1-0|
|149||Frank Goodwin||Sr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-7||2-2||0-0||1-0|
|157||Danny Orem||Sr.||Glen Burnie, Md.||7-9||1-3||0-0||0-1|
|157||Ben Dorsay||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.||10-9||2-1||1-1||0-1|
|165||Josh Snook||So.||Bear, Del.||4-9||0-2||1-0||0-2|
|174||Ty Snook||Sr.||Bear, Del.||2-1||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|184||Jimmy Sheptock||Sr.||Northampton, Pa.||22-0||5-0||2-0||4-0|
|197||Christian Boley||Sr.||Brockport, N.Y.||17-2||1-1||1-0||1-0|
|285||Spencer Myers||Jr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.||19-2||0-0||4-0||3-0|
Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils (5-10, 0-3 ACC) enter Saturday’s contest after a 28-19 win over Gardner-Webb. Head coach Glen Lanham’s squad has wins over Appalachian State and Cleveland State this season, but has been unable to pick up an ACC victory.
No. 19 Conner Hartmann has been a bright sport for Duke this season. The 197 pounder is 16-7 with three wins by fall. His matchup with Christian Boley will be the only bout of the dual pitting ranked competitors against one another.
Immanuel Kerr-Brown has also impressed for the Blue Devils. The junior is 19-8 and has been a stabilizing force in the middle of the Duke lineup.
Duke has not had a 125-pound wrestler compete in its last six dual meets.
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 continue its three match homestand against NC State on Feb 14. Action is scheduled to begin from Comcast Center at 7 p.m.
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.
|Terps in the Polls|
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