Sheptock Places Second at NCAA Championships

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Jimmy Sheptock placed second in the 184-pound division at the 2014 NCAA Championships after falling to Penn State's Ed Ruth, 7-2, in the final at Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night.

The senior's finish is the highest for a Terrapin since Gobel Kline won the title at 152 pounds in 1969. Sheptock's second-place finish is the first since Ernie Fischer was the runner-up at 167 pounds in 1954.

"I'm really proud of Jimmy," head coach Kerry McCoy said. "He had an awesome career and will go down as one of our program's best."

Ruth set the tone for the match with a takedown in the opening 20 seconds of the bout. Sheptock quickly escaped, but Ruth secured another takedown and rode out Sheptock for the remainder of the period.

The Terrapin captain chose the down position in the second period. Despite numerous explosions from the bottom, Ruth was able to control Sheptock and maintain the ride for the entire period.

The reigning national champ took the bottom to start the third period and reversed Sheptock for another two points. Sheptock would escape, but Ruth thwarted his late attacks to secure his third straight national championships.

Sheptock finishes his career as once of the most decorated wrestlers in Maryland history. The two-time All-American is only the fourth Terp national finalist in history. He is also a three-time ACC Champion and won the 2013 Midlands title. His career record is a spectacular 129-20.

The Terrapins end the competition in 20th place in the team standings with 21 points. Penn State captured its fourth straight team national title with 109.5.