Sheptock Named ACC Wrestler of the Week
Dec. 4, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - University of Maryland wrestler Jimmy Sheptock earned Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week honors after posting a 4-1 record and placing second at the Nittany Lion Open, the conference announced Tuesday.
Sheptock, the 10th-ranked wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, defeated two nationally-ranked opponents en route to the weight-class final on Sunday. In the quarterfinal round, Sheptock defeated 19th-ranked Alex Utley of North Carolina, 8-3, before knocking off 14th-ranked Dan Rinaldi of Rutgers, 2-0, in the semifinals.
In the championship match, Sheptock lost an 11-4 decision to top-ranked Ed Ruth of Penn State, the 2012 174-pound national champion.
Sheptock's 13 wins this season are a team high, and after his opening round technical fall over Navy's Colton Vanthof, the Northampton, Pa., native is tied for the team lead with three technical fall victories.
The junior is a first-time honoree and the second Terrapin wrestler to be honored this season. Geoffrey Alexander won the award for the week of Nov. 6.
This week, Sheptock shares the award with Virginia Tech's Peter Yates.
No. 17 Maryland (4-1) travels to No. 16 Pittsburgh on Friday, before ending the weekend at American on Sunday.