The opening session of the 2012 NCAA Championships is in the books and seventh-seeded Josh Asper (165) and 12th-seeded Jimmy Sheptock (174) advanced to the round of 16 which will be held tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Asper, along with sophomore Shane Gentry (125) and freshman Geoffrey Alexander (133), opened the first session in a pigtail match. Asper wrestled a very intelligent match and walked away with a 5-0 decision over Buffalo's Mark Lewandowski.
In the first round, Asper met a familiar foe in Virginia's Nicholas Sulzer. Just as he did in their regular-season meeting in Charlottesville, Asper defeated Sulzer by a 6-4 tally to advance to take on Dominic Kastl of Cal Poly this evening. Kastl upset 10th-seeded Cody Yohn of Minnesota in the first round.
Sheptock made quick work of Oklahoma's Kyle Detmer. The Northampton, Pa., native attacked early and often to earn an 18-2 technical fall and picked up bonus points for the Terps. He will meet fifth-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the second round.
At 125, Gentry lost a 9-0 major decision to Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma. Gentry will compete in the wrestleback to begin the second session. Gentry will see WVU's Shane Young, who he lost to when the two squads met in January.
Alexander lost an 8-0 major decision to 11th-seeded Steven Keith of Harvard to open the meet. Alexander drops into the wrestleback to face 12th-seeded Bryan Ortenzio of Penn. Again, the Terps will see a familiar opponent, Alexander lost to Ortenzio 4-0 in early December.
Senior Kyle John dropped a 9-0 major decision to Princeton's Daniel Kolodzik in his opening match. John takes on 4th-seeded Walter Peppelman of Harvard in the consolation bracket. Peppelman was upset by David Bonin of Northern Iowa. John cruised through Bonin at the Northeast Duals beating the UNI wrester 11-1.
At 197, fourth-seeded Christian Boley surrendered a point late in the third period and lost a 2-1 decision to Binghamton's Cody Reed. Boley takes on Joe Budi of Old Dominion tonight.
Eighth-seeded Spencer Myers was also an opening round victim. Myers lost to Andrew Delaney of The Citadel, 8-3. Myers will wrestle ninth-seeded Levi Cooper of Arizona State in the wrestleback.
The Terps are in 34th place with 5.5 points after the morning session. But there is a lot of wrestling left and a lot points still to be earned. I suspect the Terps will bounce back with a strong evening session and climb up the standings.Wrestling will resume at 7:30 p.m.