Five Terrapins opened the day and four remain as Geoffrey Alexander and Christian Boleybounced back from opening round defeats and advanced with victories in the wrestleback. Asper and Sheptock will wrestle Friday morning for All-American status.
At 174, fifth-seeded Asper was dominant in his opening-round victory over Sam Wheeler of Kent State, while seventh-seeded Jimmy Sheptock easily advanced past Wyoming’s Shane Woods. from umterps.com
Asper enters the tournament as the highest seeded Terp. The senior is seeded fifth at 174 pounds and is looking to become just the second Maryland wrestler all-time to earn All-American honors in three seasons. Hudson Taylor is the only three-time All-American in Maryland history winning the title in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Asper has finished sixth at 165 pounds the last two years. The Parkton, Md., native faces Kent State’s Sam Wheeler in the opening round. Should Asper advance, he will take on the winner of the match between Navy’s Matt Miller and John-Martin Cannon of Buffalo.
With Maryland trailing 12-11, fifth-ranked Josh Asper took the mat at Comcast Pavilion for the final time and recorded a pin with 28 seconds left to send the 24th-ranked Terps past George Mason for a 23-15 victory Thursday night.
Asper’s third fall of the season was fitting for the senior’s final dual at Comcast Pavilion. Asper, the second winningest wrestler in program history, celebrated Senior Night with teammates Domenic DeRobertis, Brad Molina, Aaron Norris, Danny O’Malley and Ian Squires. DeRobertis and Norris also celebrated Senior Night with a victory.
“Just to see [Asper's] development from his freshman year until now is great,” said head coach Kerry McCoy. “To see how he is able to go out and snatch victories and get the job done is a credit to him.
- Carl Buchholz won a dramatic decision in overtime to propel the No. 18 Maryland wrestling team (6-3) to a come-from-behind victory over No. 14 Nebraska Sunday in the second match of the Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden.
With the Terps trailing by two points and needing a win, Buchholz (285) recovered after giving up a first-period reversal to the Cornhuskers’ Donny Longendyke to send the match into sudden victory. After shots by both wrestlers failed to yield any points in the period, Buchholz rode Longendyke for the entire 30 seconds in the first half of the tiebreaker.
Holding the upper hand, Buchholz freed himself midway through the second half of the first tiebreaker and held off Longendyke for the win and an 18-17 Terrapin victory.
After the Cornhuskers earned a major decision at 165 and a fall at 174, the Terps trailed 17-9 and needed to win the final three matches.
Jimmy Sheptock started the comeback with a 3-2 sudden victory over sixth-ranked Josh Ihnen. Ihnen scored an early takedown in the first period. Sheptock, who is ranked 10th nationally, responded with two second-period takedowns to tie the match at four.
Following a scoreless third period, Sheptock completed a shot on Ihnen’s legs at the edge of the mat, lifted the All-American, and threw Ihnen down to end the match mere seconds before the period expired. Sheptock is now 6-1 this season against nationally-ranked wrestlers.
University of Maryland sophomore wrestler Geoffrey Alexander was selected Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after winning two matches over the weekend in a pair of dual meets, the league announced Tuesday.
In his hometown of Pittsburgh on Friday, Alexander, ranked 11th nationally at 133 pounds, continued his strong start to the season with a 3-2 decision over then-No. 6 Shelton Mack. It is Alexander’s third win in four tries against a nationally-ranked opponent.
No. 17 Maryland 23, American 21
149: Kevin Tao (AU) dec. Lou Mascola (MD), 4-2 (0-3)
157: TJ Guidice (MD) fall over Mark Cirello (AU), 2:51 (6-3)
165: Phillip Barreiro (AU) fall over Josh Snook (MD), 5:45 (6-9)
174: Keithen Cast (AU) fall over Aaron Norris (MD), 4:47 (6-15)
184: No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock (MD) maj. dec. Thomas Barreiro (AU), 21-7 (10-15)
197: No. 16 Christian Boley (MD) fall over Devon Bradley (AU), 1:38 (16-15)
285: Blake Herrin (AU) dec. Dallas Brown (MD), 5-2 (16-18)
125: No. 14 Shane Gentry (MD) dec. David Terao (AU), 8-4 (19-18)
133: No. 14 Geoffrey Alexander (MD) maj. dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 13-2 (23-18)
141: John Boyle (AU) dec. Danny O’Malley (MD), 5-0 (23-21)
Tenth-ranked Jimmy Sheptock placed second at 184 pounds to lead a group of over 20 Maryland wrestlers Sunday at the Nittany Lion Open at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Approximately 500 wrestlers from over 30 teams competed in the annual tournament which featured many of the nation’s top grapplers.
Sheptock was one of two placers for the Terps. Christian Boley, ranked 14th at 197, finished in third place. In addition to Boley and Sheptock, 13th-ranked Geoffrey Alexander (133) andShyheim Brown (141), who wrestled unattached, reached the quarterfinals.
“We did a lot of good things [today] and we got a good idea of the areas we need to improve,” said head coach Kerry McCoy. “It was good for Jimmy [Sheptock] to see [Ed] Ruth. We also had a few other good match ups that will be important for later in the year. We have to focus on getting better and be ready for the duals next weekend.” from umterps.com
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