COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After two straight losses, the Maryland wrestling team will attempt to get back on track at the Grapple at the Garden in New York City this Sunday. The Terrapins (3-2, 0-0 ACC) will face No. 6 Cornell and Rutgers at Madison Square Garden.
Who: No. 6 Cornell/Rutgers
Where: New York, N.Y.
When: 10 a.m (Cornell) Sunday. 12 p.m. (Rutgers)
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Last Time Out
The Terps fell to Penn, 19-13, at Comcast Center on Nov. 22. A back and forth contest saw freshman Tyler Goodwin gain a major decision victory at 133 pounds. Shyheim Brown, Jimmy Sheptock and Spencer Myers all claimed wins and stayed undefeated. The decisive match ultimately came at 197 pounds, where Christian Boley dropped his match to Frank Mattiace by major decision
The Terrapins return home to face No. 13 Pittsburgh in their ACC opener on Friday Dec. 6. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center.
Scouting the Big Red
Probables:125 - #2 Nahshon Garrett
133 - #10 Mark Grey
141 - #4 Mike Nevinger
149 - #14 Chris Villalonga
157 - #12 Brian Realbuto
165 - Dylan Palacio or Craig Eifert
174 - Duke Pickett
184 - #12 Gabe Dean
197 - #14 Jace Bennett
285 - Stryker Lane
Cornell enters Sunday’s contest with a 1-0 overall record after an easy 33-6 win over Binghamton to start the season. The Big Red feature seven ranked competitors including the second-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, Nahshon Garrett. The sophomore finished in third place at the NCAA Championships last year.
The Big Red also has major threats at some of the Terps’ most productive weight classes. Cornell 141 pounder Mike Nevinger is a consensus top-five competitor and will provide undefeated Shyheim Brown with his biggest test of the season. No. 12 Gabe Dean will be Jimmy Sheptock’s second ranked foe of the season, while Christian Boley will try to rebound against No. 14 Jace Bennett.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Probable:125 - Scott DelVecchio
133 - Vinnie Dellefave
141 - Tyson Dippery OR Corey Stasenko
149 - Ken Theobold
157 - Anthony Perrotti ]
165 - Nick Visicaro
174 - Phillip Bakuckas
184 - Dan Seidenberg
197 - Hayden Hrymack
285 - Billy Smith
Rutgers rolls into Sunday’s dual with a 3-0 record. The Scarlet Knights ran past Clarion, 30-12, in their last contest and have also dispatched of Boston University and Hofstra this season. Vinnie Dellefave and Billy Smith are the Scarlet Knights only ranked competitors and both have appeared at the NCAA Championships. Head coach Scott Goodale is 100-33-1 at Rutgers
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Hall of Fame Credentials
Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy was named to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's class of 2014, as announced by the organization.
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
Jimmy Sheptock began his season with an exhibition win over No. 6 Jake Swartz of Boise State in the featured 184-pound bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic at George Mason University.
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.
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