Dec. 31, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Junior Jimmy Sheptock defeated Edinboro's Vic Avery for the second time in as many days to place fifth at 184 pounds at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Sheptock, currently ranked sixth nationally, joined Steve Bell, Phil Brown, David Land, Mike Letts, Tom Reese and Hudson Taylor as the only Maryland wrestlers to finish in the top eight twice at the Midlands Championships.
Sheptock entered Sunday looking to become the first Maryland wrestler to win an individual title at the prestigious event since Alex Krom captured the 141-pound title in 2009. However, Sheptock lost a tough 1-0 decision to fifth-ranked Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in the semifinals to drop into the consolation bracket.
In the wrestleback, Sheptock fell to 10th-ranked Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa by a 3-1 margin sending the Northampton, Pa., native to the fifth-place match for rematch with Avery. Sheptock defeated Avery, 5-2, in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Sunday's match was a slightly tighter affair. The junior earned a 3-2 sudden-victory decision over Avery to claim a spot on the medal stand.
"Jimmy did a great job this weekend," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "Overall, I'm disappointed with our performance as a team, but there were a lot of positives that we can build on for the rest of the year. I can't wait to get back in the room and get back to work."As a team, the Terps finished 20th with 28.5 points. The 18th-ranked Terps return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Bloomsburg.