Maryland Opens ACC Slate Friday

Jan. 23, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (9-5) opens its conference slate Friday night against ninth-ranked Virginia Tech. The dual is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Comcast Pavilion.

"We are looking to bounce back after a tough loss over the weekend against Navy," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We have had a great week of training, but we'll have to adjust some things in our lineup. Frank [Goodwin] is doing well, but will not be competing this weekend. We are looking forward to starting off our ACC slate and there is no better way to do it than against Virginia Tech.

"They were second at Midlands and beat Virginia at the Virginia Duals. They are ranked ninth in the nation and have a lot of good guys. It will give us a measure of where we stand in the conference."

Event Multimedia

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Mark Your Calendar

The 2013 ACC Championships return to Comcast Center for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, March 9. Maryland will be looking to win its third consecutive conference title and fifth in the past six years.

Last Time Out

Maryland and Navy split 10 matches, but the Midshipmen earned bonus points in four of their five victories to defeat the Terps, 22-18, Saturday night.

At 133, Geoffrey Alexander pinned Colton Rasche for his fourth consecutive victory and third fall in four matches.

Josh Asper knocked off 14th-ranked Mat Miller, 3-1.

Next Up

Maryland welcomes North Carolina to Comcast Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels square off at 7 p.m.

Maryland's Probable Starters
Wt. Wrestler Yr. Hometown W-L MD TF Falls
125 Shane Gentry Jr. Stafford, Va. 14-6 0-0 0-0 3-0
125 Paul O'Neill R Fr. Bethesda, Md. 5-4 0-1 0-0 2-1
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 14-6 2-1 0-0 5-1
141 Shane Arechiga So. Silver Spring, Md. 15-9 3-0 0-2 4-2
149 Lou Mascola So. East Hanover, N.J. 8-6 0-0 0-0 3-0
157 TJ Guidice R Fr. Hillsborough, N.J. 7-9 0-3 0-0 3-2
157 Brady Massaro R Fr. Severna Park, Md. 3-7 0-3 0-0 1-0
157 Danny Orem Jr. Glen Burnie, Md. 4-9 0-4 0-0 1-0
165 Domenic DeRobertis Jr. Malvern, Pa. 3-3 0-2 1-0 0-0
165 Josh Snook R Fr. Bear, Del. 5-13 2-1 2-1 0-2
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 9-1 3-0 0-0 2-0
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 27-3 6-0 3-0 4-0
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 15-6 2-0 1-0 3-0
285 Dallas Brown Jr. Wollsville, Pa. 7-5 0-0 0-0 1-0
285 Carl Buchholz R Jr. Malvern, Pa. 6-10 0-1 0-1 2-0

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Scouting The Terps

2012-13 Maryland Terrapins: 9-5, 0-0 ACC (WIN #21, InterMat #20)
Roster Schedule Statistics Digital Media Guide

The Terps are looking to bounce back from Saturday's loss to Navy. Friday's match is the first of five consecutive ACC duals for Maryland.

The strength of the Terps' lineup has been at 133, 174, 184 and 197. Maryland is a combined 41-15 in dual matches at those weight classes this year, and the Terps have only dropped one match at 174 with Josh Asper in the lineup.

Based on the projected lineups, Shane Gentry will face 2012 Midlands champion Jarrod Garnett for the second time in his career at 125. Gentry dropped a 9-6 decision to Garnett as a freshman in 2011.

Geoffrey Alexander and Jimmy Sheptock have been the aggressors in the majority of their matches this season. Alexander leads the team in pins (7) and dual bonus points (32), while Sheptock leads the team in takedowns (44) and is second in dual bonus points (29).

Christian Boley is the next closest Terp with 16 dual bonus points.

2012-13 Preseason Preview
· Lower Weights: Plenty of Experience For Terps
· Middle Weights: Spots Up For Grabs
· Upper Weights: Title Contenders

Scouting The Hokies

2012-13 Virginia Tech Hokies: 11-2, 4-0 ACC (NWCA #9, WIN #9, InterMat #9)
Roster Schedule Statistics

The Hokies arrive in College Park as one of the hottest teams in the country. Tech has won eight consecutive duals including wins over NC State and North Carolina last weekend.

This season, the Hokies have defeated No. 11 Virginia twice, No. 15 Edinboro and No. 20 Wisconsin. They placed second at Midlands and won the Virginia Duals. Virginia Tech's two losses have come against fifth-ranked Ohio State and 17th-ranked Pittsburgh.

Jarrod Garnett (125) and Nick Brascetta (149) each won individual titles at Midlands in December, while Pete Yates (165) finished third.

Yates leads the team in wins with 22 and has scored a team-best 60 dual points. Brascetta and Yates are tied for the team lead in dual wins with 12. Jesse Dong, who missed last year due to injury, is 11-0 in duals at 157 and has scored 48 dual points, which is second best on the team.

Friday's Probables:

125: #4 Jarrod Garnett (19-2)
133: #18 Erik Spjut (11-7)
141: #12 Zach Neibert (15-6)
149: #6 Nick Brascetta (21-2)
157: #7 Jesse Dong (16-2)
165: #5 Pete Yates (22-1)
174: Austin Gabel (14-7)
184: Nick Vetterlein (12-8)
197: Derrick Borlie (14-7)
285: David Marone (11-6)

Poll Central

Follow the Terps and their opponents during the 2012-13 season via these national polls:
USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll
WIN Magazine

Terps In The Polls
Wt. Wrestler Yr. Hometown AWN InterMat WIN D1CW
125 Shane Gentry Jr. Stafford, Va. - - 20 -
133 Geoffrey Alexander So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 16 16 13 17
174 Josh Asper Sr. Parkton, Md. 6 5 5 7
184 Jimmy Sheptock Jr. Northampton, Pa. 6 7 8 7
197 Christian Boley Jr. Brockport, N.Y. 15 18 14 17

Series History

Maryland leads the all-time series 13-7 against Virginia Tech. Last season in Blacksburg, the Terps knocked off the Hokies 25-10. The two squads have split the last four meetings with Virginia Tech winning the last meeting in College Park (18-17, Jan. 23, 2011).

Looking For The Fall

Following a pin over Navy's Colton Rasche on Saturday, 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander leads the Terps with seven falls, six more than the sophomore tallied during his freshman campaign in 2012.

Alexander has three pins in last four matches.

Welcome Back

Josh Asper made a victorious return to the Terrapin lineup on Jan. 12. The Parkton, Md., native, who had be out since the Northeast Duals (Nov. 24) due to injury, went 2-0 in his return including a major decision over Stanford's Thomas Kimbrell.

The two-time All-American is Maryland's all-time winningest active wrestler with 140 victories.

Hudson Taylor Award

After each home dual meet this season, the Maryland coaching staff will select a deserving wrestler as the recipient of the Hudson Taylor Award. The award is given to the most outstanding Terrapin wrestler during the dual.

On Saturday, Geoffrey Alexander won the award for the fifth time this season with a first-period pin of Navy's Colton Rasche. It was Alexander's team-high seventh pin of the season.

Shane Arechiga won the honor in the Terps' dual against Stanford. Arechiga earned a vital major decision against the Cardinal wrestling up a weight class at 149.

Shooting For 100

Head coach Kerry McCoy stands two dual wins shy of 100 career victories (98). In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 69-22-2. His .753 winning percentage is currently the highest of any Terrapin head coach in program history.

McCoy spent three seasons at Stanford prior to coming to Maryland and finished with a record of 29-19.

So Far So Good

Jimmy Sheptock has squared off in 27 career duals and each time has left the mat with a victory. After appearing in one dual in the 2010-11 season, the Northampton, Pa., native went 12-0 as a redshirt sophomore last season. This season, Sheptock is 14-0 with three major decisions, two pins and a technical fall.

Sheptock Fifth at Midlands

Jimmy Sheptock went 5-2 at the 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to take fifth place at the prestigious tournament. The 184-pounder improved on his 2011 performance after finishing seventh last year.

Sheptock joined Steve Bell, Phil Brown, David Land,Mike Letts, Tom Reese andHudson Tayloras the only Maryland wrestlers to finish in the top eight twice at the Midlands Championships.

Top Of The Table

At 184, Jimmy Sheptock leads the team or is tied for the team lead in seven dual-meet categories.

Sheptock leads the Terps in: dual points scored (53), major decisions (3), technical falls (1), takedowns (44), and two-point near falls (5).

He is tied for the team lead in three-point near falls (3) and reversals (2).

Title Town

Four Terrapins won individual titles at the Brockport/Oklahoma Classic: Josh Asper (174), Christian Boley (197), Shane Gentry (125) and Jimmy Sheptock (184).

For Asper, it was his third consecutive title at Brockport with his first two coming at 165 pounds. Boley has won the 197-pound title the past two years.

Welcome To 174

Josh Asper made his debut at 174 pounds Saturday, Nov. 3 at the NWCA All-Star Classic. The Parkton, Md., native was pitted against two-time All-American Jordan Blanton of Illinois, who began the season ranked No. 2.

Asper made a statement. After three periods could not separate the two wrestlers, Asper scored a takedown in overtime to win 3-1.

With the win, Asper remained undefeated in the annual showcase. He is 3-0 and has appeared in this event more than any other Maryland wrestler in program history.

Schedule The Best

Maryland's 2012-13 schedule features several of the nation's elite. The Terps face 12 teams that were among the top 30 at the NCAA Championships including two top-10 programs in Ohio State and Illinois.

The Terps faced No. 6 Illinois at the Northeast Duals along with No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 Nebraska at the Grapple at the Garden. The Terps have also squared off against No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 19 Bloomsburg.

In addition, Maryland defeated No. 22 Purdue and will take on No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Virginia, and potentially faces No. 7 Missouri and/or No. 14 Wyoming at the NWCA National Duals.

Movin' On Up

During the offseason, several wrestlers made the move to a higher weight class.

Lou Mascola defeated Danny Orem at the Red & Black Wrestle-Offs to earn the starting nod at 149. Mascola wrestled at 141 last season and finished with a record of 10-12.

Ben Dorsay, who started for the Terps last season at 149, makes the jump to 157 this season. Dorsay is expected to redshirt this year.

After placing sixth at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season in 2012, Josh Asper climbs to 174. Asper has compiled a record of 63-9 over the past two seasons.

At 184, Jimmy Sheptock slides up from 174 where he went 27-6 last season en route to his first ACC Championship.

Ty Snook moves up from 184 to 197 following a 14-15 campaign in 2012 where he will compete with Christian Boley.

In The Hunt

The Terps placed seven wrestlers in the finals of last season's ACC Championships. Six of the seven wrestlers return for Maryland including three conference champions.

Christian Boley and Jimmy Sheptock will be looking for their second ACC title in as many seasons. Josh Asper will be looking to regain the crown after losing in the 165-pound final.

Geoffrey Alexander and Shane Gentry will both be looking for their first titles after falling in last season's championship round.

Head Coach Kerry McCoy

Beginning his fifth season at Maryland, head coach Kerry McCoy has compiled a record of 60-17-2, which is the highest winning percentage in program history (.772). McCoy, a three-time ACC Coach of the Year honoree, led the Terps to their second consecutive ACC crown in 2012. McCoy's accomplishments are numerous and include:

-22 All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees
-15 ACC Champions
-Six All-Americans
-Three ACC Championships
-Three top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships
-Two ACC Wrestler of the Year honorees
-Two ACC Tournament MVP honorees

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