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Terrapin Senior Captures 184-pound title at prestigious Midlands Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland senior Jimmy Sheptock (Northampton, Pa.) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week for his performance in capturing the 184-pound title at the Ken Kraft/Midlands Championship Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.
Sheptock, who moved up to second nationally in the 184-pound class in the most recent Intermat national rankings, pushed his record to 18-0 on the season with six straight wins, including a 3-1 decision over Iowa’s Ethen Lofthouse, who, at the time, was the nation’s second-ranked 184-pound wrestler. Sheptock, entered the match ranked third nationally, but moved to second with the win over Lofthouse.
The win over Lofthouse also gave Sheptock the 184-pound title in the Midlands Championships.
In being named ACC Wrestler of the Week, Sheptock was chosen over a trio of strong performances from NC State sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), who won four of five matches, losing only to Minnesota’s Tony Nelson, 1-0, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler in the 285-pound class; Virginia junior Joe Spisak (Boiling Springs, Pa.), who won five of six matches including a triumph over the nation’s No. 2 wrestler, Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, losing only to the nation’s third-ranked wrestler, Zain Retherford of Penn State, in overtime in the 141-pound class; and North Carolina junior Evan Henderson (New Florence, Pa.), who won five of seven matches in the 141-pound class, losing only to top ten opponents.
The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships will be held March 8 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.