Terps Close ACC Slate on Tobacco Road
Feb. 7, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (10-7, 1-2 ACC) wraps up its ACC dual schedule Saturday with a pair of meets. The Terps travel to Durham to face Duke at 1 p.m., and close out the day in Raleigh against NC State at 5 p.m.
"It is important for us to finish the season strong," said head coach Kerry McCoy. "We are building momentum coming off the last couple of weeks. We've gotten better and everyone is starting to figure out their stride a little bit. The duals this weekend have seeding implications, and ACC tournament and NCAA tournament rankings are involved. But with our focus shifting to the end of the year, we need to make the decisions that will help us be the best at the end of the year a little more of a priority.
"We are in a position now where we need to make sure the 10 guys that are going to wrestle in the conference tournament are going to be in the best position to perform at the conference tournament. That's what we start to focus on as we get through the next couple weeks of duals."
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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 Cavaliers split 10 matches, but 11th-ranked Virginia edged Maryland, 21-19.
Maryland travels to Columbia, Mo., for the regional round of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals. The Terps will compete against sixth-ranked Missouri, 17th-ranked Purdue and 21st-ranked Wyoming on Sunday, Feb. 17.
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Scouting The Terps
Maryland is looking to get back in the win column on Saturday after dropping a 21-19 decision to 11th-ranked Virginia.
The Terps most consistent production has come at the lower weights (125, 133) and the upper weights (174, 184, 197). These five weights classes have combined to score 222 of the Terps' 341 dual points this season.
At 133, Geoffrey Alexander has pins in four of his last seven matches and has not dropped a bout during that span. Christian Boley (197) is in the midst of a similar streak. Boley has won seven in a row and has not lost in 2013.
Jimmy Sheptock (184) is 17-0 in dual matches and has only been taken down once this season. Overall, Sheptock has suffered three losses each to a wrestler ranked in the top six nationally including No. 1 Ed Ruth of Penn State and No. 2 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan.
Scouting The Blue Devils
The Blue Devils have won five straight coming into Saturday's dual, but are looking to score their points in an ACC dual this season. Virginia and Virginia Tech knocked off Duke, 38-0 and 41-0, respectively, earlier in the season.
At 157, Immanuel Kerr-Brown leads the team in wins with 21 including three majors. Brandon Gambucci leads the team in falls (6) and is 7-2 in dual matches.
125: Peter Terrezza (5-11)
Scouting The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have lost four straight duals heading into the matchup with the Terps. NC State features a relatively young lineup with five freshmen and two sophomores potentially starting on Saturday.
Sam Speno is the lone nationally-ranked wrestler on the squad despite an 0-3 conference mark. Speno is tied for the team lead with four major decisions.
Nijel Jones leads the team in wins with 21 and has a team-best seven falls. Matt Nereim, who finished second at the 2012 ACC Tournament at 149, moved to 157 this season and has a 13-10 record and is 2-1 in ACC matches.
125: Joe DeAngelo (2-5)
Maryland holds a 57-9-1 advantage over Duke all-time. The Terps have won seven straight meetings including last year's 22-12 victory in College Park. Last time in Durham on Feb. 19, 2011, Maryland won 48-0.
Against NC State, Maryland has won every meeting since 2006. Last season at home, the Terps knocked off the Wolfpack, 27-12. In Raleigh in 2011, Maryland won 35-5.
ACC Honors For Gentry
On Tuesday, Shane Gentry was voted ACC Co-Wrestler of Week after knocking off then-eighth ranked Matt Snyder of Virginia on Friday.
In a rematch of the 2012 125-pound ACC title bout, Gentry gained a measure of revenge with a 4-3 decision over Snyder.
Gentry is a first-time honoree and the fifth Maryland wrestler to receive the award this season. Geoffrey Alexander and Jimmy Sheptock have each won the award twice.
Geoffrey Alexander notched his eighth pin of the season and team-best fifth in dual action when he took Virginia's 14th-ranked George DiCamillo to the mat for the fall 31 seconds into the match on Friday. The pin is the fastest in the sophomore's career as a Terp.
Alexander has won seven consecutive matches with four of the victories by fall.
Jimmy Sheptock is a perfect 17-0 in duals this season and is 30-0 for his career. In addition, the junior leads the team in dual points scored (63), dual major decisions (4), dual tech falls (1), dual takedowns (55) and dual 2-point near falls (5).
While taking his opponent to the mat 55 times this season, Sheptock has only been taken down once in dual competition.
Since returning from injury on Jan. 12, Josh Asper has solidified the 174-pound position in the lineup for the Terps.
Asper is 6-0 with one major decision. The Parkton, Md., native also holds two victories over nationally-ranked wrestlers (No. 12 Mat Miller, Navy; No. 16 Jon Fausey, Virginia).
New Year, New Results
After going 7-5 in December, Christian Boley is undefeated in seven matches so far in 2013 including three victories by fall.
Of note, Boley pinned 16th-ranked Richard Perry of Bloomsburg, and defeated Virginia Tech's Derrick Borlie in overtime. Borlie defeated Boley at Midlands at the end of the calendar year.
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.
Geoffrey Alexander won the award for the sixth time this season with a 31-second pin of Virginia's George DiCamillo on Friday.
Chrisitan Boley took home the honor following the UNC dual with his third-period pin. The night before against Virginia Tech, Jimmy Sheptock received the award for the first time this 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 one dual win shy of 100 career victories (99). In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 70-24-2. His .740 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.
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.
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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