Dec. 30, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Third-seeded Jimmy Sheptock picked up four victories on Saturday to advance to the semifinals in the 184-pound bracket on day one of the 50th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena. As a team, the 18th-ranked Terps (6-3) sit in 16th place with 27.5 points.
Sheptock, who is ranked sixth nationally, enters Sunday's semifinal looking to become only the second Terrapin wrestler all-time to win an individual title at Midlands. Alex Krom took home the 141-pound title in 2009. Sheptock finished seventh at 174 pounds last year.
The Northampton, Pa., native started the tournament with a pin of Cal State Bakersfield's Reuben Franklin 53 seconds into the second period. Sheptock followed with an 8-1 decision over Phillip Joseph of Eastern Michigan to advance to the round of 16.
In the third round, Sheptock earned bonus points for the Terps with a 10-0 major decision over Michigan's Chris Heald. The junior concluded the first day of competition with a 5-2 decision over Vic Avery of Edinboro to advance to the semifinals.
Sheptock will square off with fifth-ranked Ben Bennett of Central Michigan. The other semifinal will feature third-ranked Robert Hamlin of Lehigh against 2011 All-American Travis Rutt of Oklahoma.
Other notable performances for the Terps on Saturday included 14th-ranked Shane Gentry at 125 pounds and Frank Goodwin at 141 pounds. Gentry picked up bonus points in his first round matchup with Rider's Patrick Skinner. Gentry pinned Skinner at the 2:39 mark. In the next round, Gentry lost to fifth-ranked Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State.
Goodwin asserted himself early on with consecutive pins and avenged a loss to 19th-ranked Ridge Kiley of Nebraska, which he suffered two weeks ago at the Grapple at the Garden. Goodwin got the pin over Kiley with 50 seconds remaining in the match. He followed up with a fall over Indiana's Quinton Murphy 40 seconds into the match.
The junior lost to top-ranked Kendric Maple of Oklahoma in the round of 16.Session III begins Sunday at noon (1 p.m. ET). The final session begins at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.