NWCA Regionals Next Up for Terps
Feb. 15, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland wrestling team (12-7, 3-2 ACC) heads to Columbia, Mo., on Sunday to compete in the regional round of the 2013 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals.
Sixth-ranked Missouri, the region's top seed, 16th-ranked Purdue and 20th-ranked Wyoming join the Terps at the regional.
Maryland will face Missouri at 11 a.m. ET and matchup against the Boilermakers or Cowboys at 1 p.m. ET.
The winner of the regional will advance to finals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 23-24.
Live stats and live video are available through mutigers.com.
Flowrestling will also provide live video coverage of all four regionals with a Tech Wave subscription.
On Twitter, follow the action by searching hashtag #BeatMizzou, #MatMayhem and #NationalDuals.
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 completed their ACC dual schedule with a pair of wins over Duke and NC State on Saturday.
Maryland won 9 of 10 matches against the Blue Devils to cruise to a 38-3 victory in the first dual of the day. In the afternoon, technical falls from Jimmy Sheptock and Ty Snook propelled the Terps to a 22-19 win over NC State.
Maryland will celebrate Senior Day on Thursday, Feb. 21 as it plays host to George Mason at Comcast Pavilion at 7 p.m.
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Scouting The Terps
The Terps picked up two wins to close their ACC dual schedule on Saturday over Duke and NC State.
Since losing three matches in a row at the end of December through early January, Geoffrey Alexander has won nine consecutive matches at 133 with four coming by pin.
At 125, Shane Gentry has faced seven nationally-ranked wrestlers this season including five top-10 wrestlers.
Scouting The Tigers
The Tigers enter Sunday winners of 4 of 5 with their lone loss coming against top-ranked Oklahoma State.
Missouri features nine nationally-ranked wrestlers including top-ranked Dom Bradley at heavyweight.
Nathan McCormick (133) and Brent Haynes (197) lead the squad in dual points with 48. Among active starters, McCormick and Mike Lawson (184) lead the team with five pins, while Porter is tops with 49 dual takedowns.
125: No. 4 Alan Waters (21-0)/Boomer Boydand (15-12)
Scouting The Boilermakers
The Boilermakers have won four in a row all against Big Ten foes.
Brandon Atwood (197) and Ivan Lopouchanski (149) are ranked one and two, respectively, with 69 and 65 dual points. Danny Sabatello (133) leads the team with 57 takedowns.
125: No. 16 Camden Eppert (21-8)
Scouting The Cowboys
The Cowboys have split their last four duals and are coming off a 34-10 win over Northern Colorado on Jan. 30.
Tyler Cox (125) has won 14 of his 15 matches including a defeat of No. 9 Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State.
At 197, Alfonso Hernandez has five tech falls, which ranks among the top 10 nationally, while at 157, Andy McCulley leads the team with 11 pins.
125: Tyler Cox (25-7)
Sunday will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Maryland and Missouri. The Tigers hold a 3-1 advantage over the Terps with Missouri winning the last meeting in 2010 at the Northeast Duals.
If the Terps take on Purdue, it will be the third all-time meeting and second this season. Maryland defeated Purdue, 20-19, at the Northeast Duals. If Maryland faces Wyoming, it will be first all-time meeting.
ACC Honors For Sheptock
On Tuesday, Jimmy Sheptock earned Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week honors after a pair of dominating performances on Saturday.
It marks the third time this season the Northampton, Pa., native has earned or shared the honor.
Seventh-ranked Sheptock began Saturday with an 18-3 technical fall over Duke's Dylan Ryan, and closed the day with a 15-0 technical fall over NC State's Keegan Cerwinski propelling the Terps to a win in both matchups.
Sheptock now has five technical falls this season, which ranks second on the team. He also has a team-best 73 dual points and 56 takedowns.
With the Terps victory over Duke on Saturday, Kerry McCoy reached 100 career victories. In five seasons in College Park, McCoy is 72-24-1. 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.
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 against Cavs on Feb.1. The pin is the fastest in the sophomore's career as a Terp.
Alexander has won nine consecutive matches with four of the victories by fall.
Jimmy Sheptock is a perfect 19-0 in duals this season and is 32-0 for his career. In addition, the junior leads the team in dual points scored (73), dual major decisions (4), dual tech falls (3), dual takedowns (61), dual 2-point near falls (7), dual 3-point near falls (7) and reversals (4).
While taking his opponent to the mat 61 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 8-0 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 eight 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 Feb 1.
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.
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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