COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team will attempt to rebound from a loss to No. 19 Michigan when it travels to Annapolis to face Navy on Saturday. Action is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., from Alumni Hall.
The Terps will be lead by Jimmy Sheptock, who was named ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance over the holiday period. The 184-pound senior took home a title from the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, beating No. 2 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the final. Sheptock also knocked off Dominic Abouander in the Terps' dual against No. 19 Michigan.
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|Maryland's Probable Starters|
|125||Billy Rappo||So.||Holland, Pa.||11-8||0-0||4-0||2-1|
|125||Paul O'Neill||So.||Bethesda, Md.||5-5||0-1||2-1||0-2|
|133||Tyler Goodwin||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-5||2-0||1-0||4-0|
|133||Tony Farace||Fr.||Gambrills, Md.||6-10||1-1||0-1||0-3|
|141||Shyheim Brown||So.||Harrisburg, Pa.||13-3||1-0||2-0||1-0|
|149||Frank Goodwin||Sr.||Gambrills, Md.||8-6||2-2||0-0||1-0|
|149||Derrick Evanovich||Sr.||Virginia Beach, Va.||4-7||0-1||0-0||0-1|
|157||Danny Orem||Sr.||Glen Burnie, Md.||7-7||1-2||0-0||0-1|
|157||Ben Dorsay||So.||Bear, Del.||10-6||2-0||1-1||0-1|
|165||Josh Snook||So.||McDonald, Pa.||4-7||0-2||1-0||0-2|
|174||Tony Gardner||Sr.||Reisterstown, Md.||5-7||0-2||1-2||2-0|
|184||Jimmy Sheptock||Sr.||Northampton, Pa.||18-0||4-0||2-0||3-0|
|197||Christian Boley||Sr.||Brockport, N.Y.||15-1||1-1||1-0||1-0|
|285||Spencer Myers||Jr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.||15-2||0-0||3-0||3-0|
Last Time Out
The Terps dropped a road dual to future Big Ten rival No. 19 Michigan, 28-10. Jimmy Sheptock, Christian Boley and Shyheim Brown picked up wins for the Terps, who lost touch with the Wolverines in the middleweights. Spencer Myers lost to Adam Coon in a matchup of top-10 heavyweights. Myers also fell to Coon at the Midlands Championships.
Select Terps also competed at the F&M Open. Heavyweight Carl Buchholz’s third place finish accounted for the Terps’ best individual result. It was the senior’s first tournament this season after playing football during the fall.
The Terps placed sixth at the Midlands Championships with a total team score of 68.5 points. The finish tied Maryland’s all-time best at the event (2009).
Sheptock and Boley’s Midlands’ titles were also the Terps’ first since 2009 when Alex Krom won the title at 141 pounds. Spencer Myers also scored big for the Terps, finishing sixth.
Sheptock won the title as the No. 2 seed in the 184-pound bracket. The senior wrestled a tight match with No. 1 seed Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa, with the match finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation. In the sudden death period, Sheptock was able to secure a takedown and the win after a single leg shot and a nice adjustment to the Hawkeye’s counter.
Boley, also a No. 2 seed, nabbed the title at 197 pounds. The New York native faced Purdue’s Braden Atwood in the final, and found himself in a 3-1 hole early the second period. In the middle of the stanza, Boley used an explosive move to notch a takedown and a near-fall. The two-time ACC Champion secured the 9-5 decision with a takedown in the third period.
Winning at Wilkes
While finding success at the Midlands, the Terps will also in action at the Wilkes Open in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Daniel Sanchez and Lou Mascola, both wrestling unattached, took home the titles at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively.
Sanchez ripped through his competition, never letting notching a fall and two majority decisions on his road to the title. Mascola defeated Mark Tessari of Hofstra, 11-5, in the final at 157.
The Terps will stay on the road, traveling to Blacksburg to take on No. 15 Virginia Tech on Jan. 19. The ACC contest will begin at 4 p.m.
Scouting the Midshipmen
Navy enters Saturday’s contest with just one dual under its belt this season, a 33-3 victory over Boston University. Interim head coach Brian Antonelli’s squad has competed in seven tournaments, including the Cliff Kean Las Vegas Invitational and the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Three NCAA qualifiers from last season return for the Midshipmen, including nationally ranked Matt Miller. The 174-pound sophomore is 10-3 so far this season, and will present a difficult test for Tony Gardner. Michigan’s Collin Zeerip, who defeated Gardner by major decision in the Terps’ dual against the Wolverines, was pinned by Miller earlier this season.
The Terps and Midshipmen both competed at the Roadrunner Open in November and had a few of this weekend’s probable starters face off. Most notably, Jimmy Sheptock defeated Zach Johnson by tech fall and Shyheim Brown edged Joe Locksmith, 3-2. Also in Fresno, Colton Rasche defeated Tyler Goodwin, 6-3.
Beating the Best
Jimmy Sheptock has defended his undefeated record against some of the best 184-pound wrestlers in the country over the early part of the season.
The senior's match against Lofthouse pitted the consensus No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers, in some order, at 184 pounds behind Penn State's Ed Ruth. Cornell freshman Gabe Dean, who recently defeated Ruth at the Southern Scuffle, lost to Sheptock at the Grapple at the Garden.
Sheptock also knocked off consensus top-10 competitor Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh in the Terps' dual with the Panthers
The Pennsylvania native also took down Penn's Lorenzo Thomas, a top-15 184 pounder, in November. Sheptock leads the Terps in wins with 19.
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Hall of Fame Credentials
McCoy finished his college career at Penn State University with an overall record of 115-18. A three-time All-American, he won the NCAA Heavyweight Title in 1994 and 1997
Following his college career, McCoy starred for his United States, earning a sliver medal at the 2003 World Championships and winning five straight U.S Open Freestyle Championships from 2000-2004. McCoy twice represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games, finishing fifth in 2000 and seventh in 2004.
McCoy was named Maryland head coach in 2008 and has accumulated a 77-25-1 record over five years. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year, McCoy has won three ACC titles and coached seven All-Americans since he arrived in College Park.
“I’m truly honored and humbled by this,” McCoy said. “I’ve seen so many greats get into the hall and knowing my name will be listed with them is unbelievable. I’m so happy.”
All Star Status
An All-American last season, Sheptock will look to improve on his finish at the NCAA Championship last season and defend his ACC tittle. The senior is 8-0 in his campaign this season, with three dominating victories at the Terrapin Duals, a victory against Stanford and a tournament title at the Roadrunner Open. His final victory over of Kutztown put him over 100 victories for his Maryland career.