Terps and Tar Heels Tangle at Home Saturday
Jan. 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (9-6, 0-1 ACC) welcomes its second ACC opponent in as many days as North Carolina visits Comcast Pavilion on Saturday at 7 p.m.
"North Carolina has been on a little bit of a role," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "They have some good individuals. It's always a match that is just a battle between two of the most successful teams in the history of the conference."
Live stats will be available beginning at 7 p.m. through trackwrestling.com.
On Twitter, follow the action by searching hashtag #BeatUNC.
Mark Your Calendar
The 2013 ACC Championships return to Comcast Center for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, March 9. Maryland will be looking to win its third consecutive conference title and fifth in the past six years.
Last Time Out
The Terps and ninth-ranked Hokies split 10 matches, but Virginia Tech came out on top 20-19 Friday night.
Maryland plays host to No. 11 Virginia in the Terps final home ACC dual of the season on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
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Scouting The Terps
The Terps are looking to bounce back from consecutive losses to Navy and No. 9 Virginia Tech.
The strength of the Terps' lineup has been at 133, 174, 184 and 197. Maryland is a combined 45-15 in dual matches at those weight classes this year, and the Terps have only dropped one match at 174 with Josh Asper in the lineup.
Geoffrey Alexander and Jimmy Sheptock have been the aggressors in the majority of their matches this season. Alexander leads the team in pins (7) and dual bonus points (36), while Sheptock leads the team in takedowns (47) and is second in dual bonus points (29).
Christian Boley is the next closest Terp with 16 dual bonus points.
Scouting The Tar Heels
The Tar Heels opened their ACC campaign last week against No. 9 Virginia Tech and No. 11 Virginia and dropped both duals 32-9 and 24-9, respectively. Last night, the Tar Heels fell 27-6 at Navy.
Evan Henderson leads the team in wins with 27 including a team-high eight wins by fall and is 8-1 in duals. Henderson placed second at the Nittany Lion Open and sixth at the Midlands Championships.
Nathan Kraisser is second on the team with 25 wins. Five of his wins have been major decisions and four have been pins. Last weekend, Kraisser picked up two decisions over fourth-ranked Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech and ninth-ranked Matt Snyder of Virginia.
125: #8 Nathan Kraisser (24-4)
Since the 1973-74 season, Maryland trails the all-time series against North Carolina 12-26. But the Terps have won the last three meetings and five of the past six against the Tar Heels.
The two team teams last met in College Park on Jan. 29, 2011, with the Terps prevailing 20-18.
Looking For The Fall
Following a pin over Navy's Colton Rasche on Saturday, 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander leads the Terps with seven falls, six more than the sophomore tallied during his freshman campaign in 2012.
Alexander has three pins in last five matches.
Josh Asper made a victorious return to the Terrapin lineup on Jan. 12. The Parkton, Md., native, who had be out since the Northeast Duals (Nov. 24) due to injury, went 2-0 in his return including a major decision over Stanford's Thomas Kimbrell.
The two-time All-American is Maryland's all-time winningest active wrestler with 140 victories.
Hudson Taylor Award
After each home dual meet this season, the Maryland coaching staff will select a deserving wrestler as the recipient of the Hudson Taylor Award. The award is given to the most outstanding Terrapin wrestler during the dual.
Jimmy Sheptock won the award for the first time this season with a 7-2 decision over Virginia Tech's Nick Vetterlein on Friday night.
Against Navy, Geoffrey Alexander won the award for the fifth time this season with a first-period pin of Navy's Colton Rasche. It was Alexander's team-high seventh pin of the season.
Shane Arechiga won the honor in the Terps' dual against Stanford. Arechiga earned a vital major decision against the Cardinal wrestling up a weight class at 149.
Shooting For 100
Head coach Kerry McCoy stands two dual wins shy of 100 career victories (98). In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 69-23-2. His .745 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 28 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 15-0 with three major decisions, two pins and a technical fall.
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.
Top Of The Table
At 184, Jimmy Sheptock leads the team or is tied for the team lead in seven dual-meet categories.
Sheptock leads the Terps in: dual points scored (56), major decisions (3), technical falls (1), takedowns (44), and two-point near falls (5).
He is tied for the team lead in three-point near falls (3) 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.
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. 13 Nebraska at the Grapple at the Garden. The Terps have also squared off against No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 19 Bloomsburg.
In addition, Maryland defeated No. 22 Purdue and will take on No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Virginia, and potentially faces No. 7 Missouri and/or No. 14 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
-22 All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees
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