COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Maryland wrestling team celebrated the 2013-14 season at its annual awards banquet at Heritage Hall in Comcast Center Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight season, Jimmy Sheptock took home the John C. McHugh Outstanding Wrestler Award. The senior was a spectacular 32-1 on the year and became the first Maryland wrestler in 45 years to advance to the finals of the NCAA Championships.
“It was a great banquet,” head coach Kerry McCoy said. “It’s always bitter sweet because it’s a celebration, but at the same time we will be losing all of the seniors. This was the last of my first recruiting class here at Maryland, which made it even more emotional. They laid a solid foundation and we are very thankful to them.”
“The awards are voted on by the team, so they are even more special,” McCoy said. “I am very thankful to everyone who supported us through the season and at our banquet. ”
Sheptock also earned the Kevin Kearns Award, which celebrates the Maryland wrestling senior who has contributed the most to wrestling at the University. The Northampton, Pa. native finished his career as a two-time All-American, three-time ACC Champions and with a 129-20 record.
Christian Boley and Geoffrey Alexander joined Sheptock as the team captains honored at the event. Alexander also won the Redshirt of the Year award after winning four open tournaments over the course of the season.
Following his standout debut campaign that saw him advance to the ACC Championship final, Tyler Goodwin was named Freshman of the Year.
Danny Orem notched two awards, the Tom Norris Unsung Hero Award and the Curt Callahan Mental Toughness Award.
Most Improved went to both Billy Rappo and Derrick Evanovich. Tony Gardner captured the 11th Man Award, given to the wrestler that did not compete in the conference tournament, but made significant contributions to the team.
The coaching staff and student-athletes selected the award recipients.
The Terps finished the season 9-8 and finished 19th at the NCAA Championships. Sheptock became the Terps’ 12th All-American since 2008 and the team won two Midlands titles (Sheptock and Boley) for the first time ever.