Aug. 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the league's 2011-12 Sportsmanship Award winners. Maryland wrestling student-athlete Shane Gentry was honored for the individual award while the team award went to Maryland Gymnastics.
The ACC Sportsmanship Award winners were selected from institutional nominees submitted by each school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and their advisors. To be considered, nominees must have consistently demonstrated good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in his/her participation in intercollegiate athletics as well as in the community, and be in good academic standing.
Gentry, a sophomore from Stafford, Va., earned the ACC’s individual sportsmanship award. One example of the Maryland wrestler’s sportsmanship was displayed during the 2012 ACC Wrestling Championship. In the ACC Final at 125 pounds, Gentry trailed Virginia’s Matt Snyder 3-0 but began to mount a comeback. After pulling within 3-1, Gentry had an apparent two-point takedown at the buzzer to tie the match. The two referee signals did not match – one a takedown, the other not. Gentry showed great restraint and sportsmanship when, after a conference, the ruling was no takedown and he had lost the match 3-1. While finishing runner-up in his weight class, Gentry was still able to celebrate as the Terrapins claimed their second-straight team championship.
The Maryland Gymnastics team is awarded for their acts of sportsmanship during the NCAA Championship. The team as a whole congratulated fellow East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) member New Hampshire with good luck Easter baskets prior to the NCAA Regionals. In addition to honoring UNH as a team, they sent baskets to individual event qualifiers.
The ACC continues to implement various sportsmanship initiatives, including an emphasis on the importance of integrity between student-athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, alumni and fans.