COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After a dominating start to the season, the No. 22 Maryland wrestling team hits the road for a busy weekend outside of College Park. The slate is highlighted by an important dual against Stanford. Select wrestlers will also be in tournament action throughout the country.
Who: Stanford (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Where: Stanford, Calif.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday.
Venue: Burnham Pavilion
Where They Stand:
125: Evan Silver
133: #3 Ryan Mango
141: Peter Russo
149: Maxwell Hvolbek
157: Bret Baumbach OR Peter Galli
165: Jim Wilson
174: Kyle Meyer OR Zach Nevills
184: Michael Sojka OR Thomas Kimbrell
197: Dan Scherer
285: Josh Marchok
Last Time Out:
The Cardinal traveled to Colorado Springs and defeated Air Force to improve to 3-0 on the season. Maxwell Hvolbeck started the visitors' effort with a pin, with the eight other wins coming by decision. Stanford has also gotten past Menlo and California Baptist this season.
The Turning Point
The Terrapins’ contest at Stanford could be decided by the results at the middle weights. The 149, 157 and 165 pound weight classes all feature competitive matchups that could swing the dual.
"If things go like we think they're going to go, those matches will be very important," Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy said. "Obviously, we want to win every match, but those three weight classes could swing it."
Led by pins from Frank Goodwin and Jimmy Sheptock, the Terps handed the Cardinal a 27-12 defeat in College Park last season. Based on each teams probable starters, there will be no rematches from last season's contest.
No. 23 Maryland 27, Stanford 12
125: Evan Silver (STAN) dec. #17 Shane Gentry (MD), 4-2 SV (0-3)
133: #14 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) dec. Peter Russo (STAN), 8-2 (3-3)
141: Frank Goodwin (MD) fall over Josh Lauderdale (STAN), 2:35 (9-3)
149: Shane Arechiga (MD) maj. dec. Colton Dempsey (STAN), 11-3 (13-3)
157: Kyle Meyer (STAN) dec. TJ Guidice (MD), 7-0 (13-6)
165: Bret Baumbach (STAN) dec. Josh Snook (MD), 8-3 (13-9)
174: #5 Josh Asper (MD) maj. dec. Thomas Kimbrell (STAN), 16-5 (17-9)
184: #7 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) fall over Alan Yen (STAN), 4:36 (23-9)
197: #19 Christian Boley (MD) major dec. Michael Sojka (STAN), 14-6 (27-9)
285: Dan Scherer (STAN) dec. Carl Buchholz (MD), 7-3 (27-12)
The Terps will be all over the map this weekend with a number of wrestlers competing in tournament action. Three Terps, led by Clarion Open champion Geoffrey Alexander; will compete in the Cyclone Open in Ames, Iowa on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Terps will cover both coasts, with some competing in the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh and others in action at the Roadrunner Open in Fresno. All three competitions will provide solid early season tests.
Cyclone Open Probables
133: Geoffrey Alexander
149: Justin Alexander
157: Lou Mascola
Roadrunner Open Probables
125 Paul O’Neill
125 Billy Rappo
133 Tyler Goodwin
133 Josh Polacek
141 Shyheim Brown
149 Frank Goodwin
149 Derrick Evanovich
157 Ben Dorsay
157 Danny Orem
165 Josh Snook
165 Tyler Manion
174 Tony Gardner
184 Jimmy Sheptock
184 Chris Jastrzebski
197 Christian Boley
285 Spencer Myers
165: Arashdeep Gill
Wolfpack Open Probables
125 Mike Parise
141 RJ De George
157 Brady Massaro
165 Anthony Guidice
197 Dylan Devine
133 Tony Farace
133 Chris Reilly
141 Daniel Sanchez
141 Will Witkop
149 Robert Janis
149 Jesse Holton
174 Phil Robilotto
285 Sean Twigg
285 Luis Beteta
285 Ryan Kail
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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 3-0 in his campaign this season, with three dominating victories at the Terrapin Duals. His finally victory over of Kutztown put him over 100 victories for his Maryland career.
King of the Clarion
Geoffrey Alexander put the Terps on the board in tournament action, notching the Clarion Open crown. Alexander defeated Samuel Sherlock by fall in the final and went 5-0 overall at the tournament. The senior will compete at the Cyclone Open this weekend.
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