Terps Make It A Sweep
Nov. 4, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Twelve different Terps registered wins Sunday afternoon as the 15th-ranked Maryland wrestling team opened its regular season with a 40-6 defeat of Johns Hopkins and a 24-10 win over West Virginia at the Terrapin Duals at Comcast Center.
Geoffrey Alexander, Dallas Brown, Shane Gentry and Jimmy Sheptock all earned two wins Sunday. Alexander, ranked 18th at 133, may have been the most impressive with a pin of Johns Hopkins' Yagloski in the opening match and a decision over No. 17 Colin Johnston of West Virginia.
In the day's marquee matchup with the Mountaineers, the Terps (2-0) won three of the first four matches. In addition to Alexander's victory, the squad picked up wins from Gentry, via medical forfeit, and Lou Mascola.
Alexander's match came down to the final period. The sophomore entered the third period leading 4-3, but an early escape by Johnston tied the match. Midway through the period Alexander scored the decisive takedown and added point with riding time to walk away with a 7-5 win.
At 149, Mascola recorded a takedown and added three near-fall points at the end of the first period to give him a healthy 6-2 cushion heading into the second period. The sophomore held on and earned a 9-4 decision over Brutus Scheffel.
After picking up a major decision at 141, the Mountaineers won decisions at 157 and 165 to trim the Terps' lead to 12-10. Needing a victory, fourth-ranked Josh Asper stepped up and won a hard fought 5-3 decision over Bubba Scheffel at 174.
Tenth-ranked Jimmy Sheptock followed Asper at 184 and defeated 20th-ranked Lance Bryson, 4-1, to give Maryland some breathing room at 18-10. At 197, 10th-ranked Christian Boley put the match away and defeated A.J. Vizcarrondo, 9-6, with a third-period takedown.
In the final match of the afternoon, Brown used a four-second riding time advantage in the second tiebreaker to win a 4-3 decision over Phil Mandzik at 285.
Maryland's match against Johns Hopkins was highlighted by four Terrapin pins. After Gentry won a 3-1 decision over Paul Bewak at 125, Alexander pinned Yagloski at the 1:59 mark to put Maryland up 9-0.
After Aaron Norris shutout Jody Gowen, 6-0, at 174, Ty Snook, Sheptock and Brown closed the meet with three consecutive pins. First, Sheptock dropped Kyle Spangler 2:44 into the match. Snook followed suit with a pin at the 4:03 mark, and Brown capped it off with a pin at 2:25.
Following every meet, the Maryland coaching staff awards one wrestler the Hudson Taylor Award, which is given to the meet's most outstanding wrestler. Sunday, Geoffrey Alexander received the award following the Johns Hopkins match and the West Virginia match.
At the Clarion Knight Point Open on Sunday, Shyheim Brown and Tony Gardner placed fourth at 141 and 184, respectively. Brown went 4-2 with all four wins by decision. Brown advanced to the semifinals before falling to Chris Mecate of Old Dominion. The freshman bounced back with a 10-4 decision over Jake Keller of Pittsburgh in the wrestleback semifinal.
Gardner went 5-2 with two pins en route to a fourth-place finish. Gardner advanced to the quarterfinals with a pin of Navy's Colton Vantoff 1:02 into the match before losing to Lorenzo Thomas. In the wrestleback, Gardner picked up two wins by decision and a pin to place fourth.
No. 15 Maryland 24, West Virginia 10
125: Shane Gentry (MD) wins by medical forfeit
No. 15 Maryland 40, Johns Hopkins 6
125: Shane Gentry (MD) dec. Paul Bewak (JHU), 3-1 (3-0)
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