Asper All-American Again
March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Seventh-seeded Josh Asper won a 5-3 decision over second-seeded Shane Onufer of Wyoming in the 165-pound quarterfinal to make the All-America team for the second time in as many years Friday at the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center. After four sessions, the Terps are in 31st place with 15.5 points. Penn State enters the final day in first place.
It is the 28th-time a Maryland wrestler has been named to the All-America team.
In Friday's evening session, Asper lost a hard-fought 5-4 decision to 11th-seeded Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh in the semifinals. Asper will enter the 165-pound wrestleback and attempt to earn a spot on the medal stand Friday morning.
Hatchett opened the scoring with a first period takedown. Asper quickly escaped and the opening period finished with Hatchett holding a 2-1 lead.
After picking up a point with an escape to start the second period, Asper shot Hatchett's leg and tallied two points and lead 4-3 heading into the final period. The wrestlers started at neutral position and Hatchett picked up a takedown with a little over a minute remaining in the match. Despite a furious attempt to break free, Hatchett rode out the remainder of the match.
The Parkton, Md., native opened the day with Onufer and avenged a loss he suffered to the Cowboy in the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Asper got on the scoreboard first against Onufer. The junior got Onufer's leg on a shot and took him to the mat for two points. Asper would spend the remainder of the period accumulating riding time.
In the second period, Asper started down and registered a point with an escape to increase his lead to three, which is how the second period would end. The third period saw Onufer tally an early escape and takedown to tie the match, but Asper added a point with an escape and used his riding time advantage to secure the 5-3 victory.
At 174, 12th-seeded Jimmy Sheptock fell one match short of earning All-American status in his first full season as a starter. The redshirt sophomore lost a 5-1 decision to sixth-seeded Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly. DesRoches scored a 3-point near-fall midway through the third period to knock off Sheptock.
Sheptock opened the morning session with a 5-2 decision over Bloomsburg's Mike Dessino. Sheptock used two first-period takedowns and a third period escape to advance to take on Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel.
Wary of Sheptock's offensive potential, Luvsandorj stayed a comfortable distance away from the Northampton, Pa., native and only attempted a few shots. Each wrestler only managed a point during regulation. In the first sudden-victory overtime, Sheptock finally landed a shot on Luvsandorj's leg and took him to the mat for the victory.
At 197, fourth-seeded Christian Boley lost a 12-3 major decision in his wrestleback match in the morning session to seventh-seeded Mario Gonzalez of Illinois.
Session V will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and will be broadcasted live on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3.