#10 Sheptock Leads Terps at Nittany Lion Open

Dec. 2, 2012

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Tenth-ranked Jimmy Sheptock placed second at 184 pounds to lead a group of over 20 Maryland wrestlers Sunday at the Nittany Lion Open at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Approximately 500 wrestlers from over 30 teams competed in the annual tournament which featured many of the nation's top grapplers.

Sheptock was one of two placers for the Terps. Christian Boley, ranked 14th at 197, finished in third place. In addition to Boley and Sheptock, 13th-ranked Geoffrey Alexander (133) and Shyheim Brown (141), who wrestled unattached, reached the quarterfinals.

"We did a lot of good things [today] and we got a good idea of the areas we need to improve," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It was good for Jimmy [Sheptock] to see [Ed] Ruth. We also had a few other good match ups that will be important for later in the year. We have to focus on getting better and be ready for the duals next weekend."

A native of Northampton, Pa., Sheptock went 4-1 Sunday afternoon with his lone defeat coming against top-ranked and 2012 174-pound national champion Ed Ruth of Penn State. Sheptock opened the day with a 17-0 technical fall over Navy's Colton Vanthof and followed up with a 6-2 decision over Gabe Dean to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinal round, Sheptock earned an 8-3 decision over 19th-ranked Alex Utley of North Carolina. In the semifinals, Sheptock shutout 13th-ranked Dan Rinaldi of Rutgers, 2-0, to set up his showdown with Ruth.

At 197, Boley also finished the tournament with a 4-1 record and opened the tournament with a pin and a major decision. Boley pinned Virginia Tech's Darren Hankins 6:24 into his round-of-32 match and defeated The Citadel's Marshall Haas by a 12-1 margin in his subsequent match.

In the quarterfinals, Boley pulled out a 3-2 victory over Clarion's Justin Ortega. After falling to Penn State's Morgan McIntosh in the semifinals, Boley edged out Cornell's William George, 4-3, in the third-place match.

At 133, Alexander picked up two pins over Justin Seim of Army and Joseph Martinez of Virginia to begin the tournament before losing a 7-3 decision to Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State in the quarterfinals.

Brown won three decisions over Ryan Hunsberger, Rutgers' Ken Theobald and Buffalo's Andrew Schutt before dropping a 6-3 decision to sixth-ranked Ugi Khishignyam of The Citadel in the quarterfinals.

Ben Dorsay, who wrestled unattached, and Josh Snook turned in notable performances at 157 and 165, respectively. Dorsay won a technical fall over Boston's Brad Lewis in the opening round and followed up with a 13-1 major decision over Navy's Edward Schultz. Dorsay lost to third-ranked James Fleming of Clarion in the next round, who went on to win the 157-pound bracket. Dorsay won two decisions in the wrestleback before bowing out to ninth-ranked Scott Winston of Rutgers.

At 165, Snook finished 4-2. Snook won a technical fall over Caleb Livingston to open the tournament, but lost a second-round matchup to Nicholas Visicaro of Rutgers. In the wrestleback, Snook ripped off three wins including a technical fall and a major decision before dropping a 7-6 decision to Penn State's Nick Fischer.

No. 16 Maryland (4-1) continues its dual schedule on Friday at No. 18 Pittsburgh. The meet is scheduled for 7 p.m.