Terps Ready for Border-Rival UVA
Jan. 30, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (10-6, 1-1 ACC) closes out its ACC home slate Friday night at Comcast Pavilion against 11th-ranked Virginia. The dual is schedule for a 7 p.m. start.
"This is always a crazy match," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "It is usually a match between two of the top teams in the conference. They are a really solid team and always come prepared to wrestle. It is just a battle. That's what I expect this weekend. It is going to be a good match."
TerpsTV will broadcast Friday night's dual against the Cavaliers.
Live stats will be available beginning at 7 p.m. through trackwrestling.com.
On Twitter, follow the action by searching hashtag #BeatUVA.
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
Maryland wraps up its ACC schedule with two road duals on Saturday, Feb. 9. At noon, the Terps square off with Duke, and later that afternoon travel to Raleigh to face NC State at 5 p.m.
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Scouting The Terps
After falling 20-19 to eighth-ranked Virginia Tech on Friday night, the Terps responded with a 21-16 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
Jimmy Sheptock, ranked seventh nationally, leads the team with 29 wins and is 16-0 in duals. The junior also has tallied a team-high 50 takedowns in his 16 dual matches and scored a team-best 59 dual points.
Geoffrey Alexander, ranked 16th nationally, is second on the team with seven pins this season and is 12-2 in duals in 2011-12. Alexander is 4-2 against nationally-ranked opponents including a 9-1 major decision over 18th-ranked Erik Spjut of Virginia Tech on Friday.
Since going 1-2 at Midlands, 15th-ranked Christian Boley has won five consecutive matches with two victories coming via fall. Boley is second on the team in dual takedowns (33) and dual pins (3).
Scouting The Cavaliers
The Cavaliers come to Comcast Pavilion winners of six of their last seven including three consecutive ACC wins. On Sunday, Virginia defeated NC State, 32-7, in Charlottesville.
Jon Fausey (46), Nick Sulzer (41) and Jedd Moore (40) are the Cavs top three dual-point producers. This season, Fausey has done it a variety of ways with six major decisions, four falls and three tech falls, while Sulzer has a team-high eight majors and four tech falls. Moore has eight majors and a team-high seven tech falls.
At 133, George DiCamillo is tied with Fausy and Moore for the most wins on the squad (25) and is unbeaten in four ACC matches.
Defending ACC champion Matt Synder has suffered five losses this season, but all five have come against wrestlers currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Snyder has lost to top-ranked Matt McDonough of Iowa, second-ranked Nico Megaludis of Penn State, fourth-ranked Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech twice, and seventh-ranked Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina.
125: #8 Matt Snyder (13-5)
Maryland holds a 40-21 advantage all-time against Virginia. The Terps have won five of the last six meetings against the Cavaliers including their last meeting in College Park on Feb. 11, 2011 (19-16).
Virginia defeated Maryland, 22-14, last season in Charlottesville.
Ten Terps Medal at Messiah
The Terps enjoyed a successful day at the annual Messiah Open in Grantham, Pa., on Jan. 26. Ten Terrapin wrestlers earned a spot on the medal standing including first-place finishes for Shyheim Brown (141) and Chris Jastrzebski (184).
Other Terps to medal included: Nick Lobue (2nd, 165), Ben Dorsay (3rd, 157), Derrick Evanovich (3rd, 149), Mike Parise (3rd, 125), Josh Polacek (3rd, 133), Logan Jackson (4th, 174), Jenkins Monzey (4th, 133) and TJ Guidice (6th, 157).
Pins at 197
On Saturday, Boley pinned North Carolina's Frank Abbondanza with three seconds remaining in the match. The win gave the Terps a 12-9 lead it would not relinquish. In total, Boley has four pins this season.
Looking For The Fall
Following a pin over Navy's Colton Rasche, 133-pound Geoffrey Alexander is second for the Terps with seven falls, six more than the sophomore tallied during his freshman campaign in 2012.
Alexander has three pins in last six 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 142 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.
Chrisitan Boley took home the honor following the UNC dual with his third-period pin. The night before agaisnt Virginia Tech, Jimmy Sheptock received the award for the first time this season.
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
With the victory over North Carolina, head coach Kerry McCoy stands one dual win shy of 100 career victories (99). In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 70-23-2. His .747 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 29 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 16-0 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 (59), technical falls (1), takedowns (50), and two-point near falls (5).
He is tied for the team lead in major decisions (3), three-point near falls (3) and reversals (3).
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.
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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