#23 Terps Host Brown, Harvard and Stanford
Jan. 10, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 23rd-ranked Maryland wrestling team (6-4) returns home for the first time since its season opener on Nov. 4 welcoming Brown, Harvard and Stanford to Comcast Pavilion on Saturday.
The quad meet will begin at noon with the Terps taking on the Crimson, and the Bears facing off with the Cardinal. A full schedule of the meet is as follows:
"The most exciting thing about this weekend is getting back in our home gym,” said head coach Kerry McCoy. “We've been on the road for over two months against great competition, but it’s a weekend where guys can sleep in their own beds and not have to adjust their routines.
“In terms of competition, it's a great mix of experiences for our guys. All of the teams bring in guys that are nationally ranked or performing well. Every team is going to present a different challenge. It's going to be a good challenge for our guys. Hopefully, we can get a few new guys in the lineup and focus on some of the core guys as well."
Live stats will be available for each match beginning at noon through trackwrestling.com.
Last Time Out
The Terps lost 22-15 to No. 24 Bloomsburg on Saturday. Seventh-ranked Jimmy Sheptock (184) improved to 10-0 in duals this season, while 19th-ranked Christian Boley (197) pinned 20th-ranked Richard Perry.
Maryland also picked up victories from Shane Arechiga at 149 and Frank Goodwin at 141.
Maryland plays host to local-rival Navy at Comcast Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 19. The dual is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
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Scouting The Terps
The Terps will be looking to bounce back this weekend following a 22-15 defeat at No. 24 Bloomsburg.
Jimmy Sheptock continues to be formidable presence at 184 pounds. The junior leads the team in wins (23) and dual wins (10), along with dual takedowns (32) and dual bonus points (19).
Geoffrey Alexander (133) and Shane Gentry (125) have been solid at the top of the lineup. Combined, Alexander and Gentry are 13-4 in duals. Alexander has tallied 14 dual bonus points in eight bouts this season.
Scouting The Bears
The Bears arrive in College Park after splitting a pair of duals against Johnson & Wales and Rider. Brown defeated Johnson & Wales, 30-10. Against Rider, the Broncs won six of 10 matches against the Bears en route to a 24-9 win.
125: Billy Watterson (9-7) or Vincent Moita (6-4)
Scouting The Crimson
In its opening dual of the season, Harvard defeated Rider, 24-17, on Saturday.
The Crimson is led by eighth-ranked Walter Peppelman (157) and 10th-ranked Steven Keith (141). The wrestlers are a combined 17-7 with five major decisions and two falls.
Keith leads the squad in major decisions (5), while Jeff Ott has a team-best three pins.
125: Jeff Ott (10-8)
Scouting The Cardinal
Last time out, the Cardinal drop three matches as part of a quad meet at Stanford. The Cardinal lost to Arizona State (30-7), Penn (27-6) and Rutgers (33-3) on Sunday.
At 125, Evan Silver is tied for the team lead in wins (15) and leads the squad with 29 dual points. Silver is 7-3 in duals this season.
Heavyweight Dan Scherer is second on the Cardinal all-time wins list among active wrestlers with 53 victories, and has 11 career pins, which is also second all-time among active wrestlers.
125: Evan Silver (15-9)
Two Titles at F&M Open
For Myers, it is his second consecutive tournament title. Myers won the 285-pound title at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28. The heavyweight is now 8-0 with four pins.
Four other Terrapin wrestlers earned spots on the medal podium.Shyheim Brownplaced third at 141 pounds, whileJosh Polacekfinished fourth at 133.Ben DorsayandDylan Devineboth placed sixth at 157 and 197, respectively.
Shooting For 100
With six wins this season, head coach Kerry McCoy now stands five dual wins shy of 100 career victories (95). In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 66-21-2. His .753 winning percentage is currently the highest of any Terrapin head coach in program history.
McCoy spent three seasons at Stanford prior to coming to Maryland and finished with a record of 29-19.
So Far So Good
Jimmy Sheptock has squared off in 23 career duals and each time has left the mat with a victory. After appearing in one dual in the 2010-11 season, the Northampton, Pa., native went 12-0 as a redshirt sophomore last season. This season, Sheptock is 10-0 with two major decisions, a technical fall and a pin.
Sheptock Fifth at Midlands
Jimmy Sheptock went 5-2 at the 50th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to take fifth place at the prestigious tournament. The 184-pounder improved on his 2011 performance after finishing seventh last year.
Sheptock joined Steve Bell, Phil Brown, David Land,Mike Letts, Tom Reese andHudson Tayloras the only Maryland wrestlers to finish in the top eight twice at the Midlands Championships.
Alexander is 3-2, while Sheptock is 6-3. Sheptock knocked off seventh-ranked John Ihnen of Nebraska at the Grapple at the Garden.
Top Of The Table
Following the Terps dual at Bloomsburg, 184-pound Jimmy Sheptock leads the team or is tied for the team lead in eight dual-meet categories.
Sheptock leads the Terps in: dual points scored (37), technical falls (1), takedowns (32), two-point near falls (5), three-point near falls (3) and bonus points scored (19).
He is tied for the team lead in major decisions (2) and reversals (2).
For Asper, it was his third consecutive title at Brockport with his first two coming at 165 pounds. Boley has won the 197-pound title the past two years.
Hudson Taylor Award
After each home dual meet this season, the Maryland coaching staff will select one wrestler as the recipient of the Hudson Taylor Award. The award is given to the most outstanding Terrapin wrestler in the meet.
Geoffrey Alexander received the award following Terrapin victories over Johns Hopkins and West Virginia to open the season.
Welcome To 174
Josh Asper made his debut at 174 pounds Saturday, Nov. 3 at the NWCA All-Star Classic. The Parkton, Md., native was pitted against two-time All-American Jordan Blanton of Illinois, who began the season ranked No. 2.
Asper made a statement. After three periods could not separate the two wrestlers, Asper scored a takedown in overtime to win 3-1.
With the win, Asper remained undefeated in the annual showcase. He is 3-0 and has appeared in this event more than any other Maryland wrestler in program history.
Schedule The Best
Maryland's 2012-13 schedule features several of the nation's elite. The Terps face 12 teams that were among the top 30 at the NCAA Championships including two top-10 programs in Ohio State and Illinois.
The Terps faced No. 6 Illinois at the Northeast Duals along with No.5 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska at the Grapple at the Garden. The Terps have also squared off against No. 12 Pittsburgh and No. 24 Bloomsburg.
In addition, Maryland defeated No. 21 Purdue and will take on No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 19 Virginia, and potentially faces No. 7 Missouri and/or No. 15 Wyoming at the NWCA National Duals.
Movin' On Up
During the offseason, several wrestlers made the move to a higher weight class.
Ben Dorsay, who started for the Terps last season at 149, makes the jump to 157 this season. Dorsay is expected to redshirt this year.
After placing sixth at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season in 2012, Josh Asper climbs to 174. Asper has compiled a record of 63-9 over the past two seasons.
At 184, Jimmy Sheptock slides up from 174 where he went 27-6 last season en route to his first ACC Championship.
In The Hunt
The Terps placed seven wrestlers in the finals of last season's ACC Championships. Six of the seven wrestlers return for Maryland including three conference champions.
Head Coach Kerry McCoy
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