Maryland's Asper Named ACC Wrestler of the Week
Nov. 15, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland 165-pound junior Josh Asper has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after earning Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in the Brockport/ Oklahoma Invitational and leading the Terrapins to a second-place team finish.
The third-ranked Asper posted four wins in the event, including a 6-0 decision over sixth-ranked Scott Winston of Rutgers in the weight class final. Asper also defeated Rutgers' Doug Harman (17-0, technical fall), Brockport's Justin James (12-5 decision) and Oklahoma's Pat Graham (9-2 decision) en route to the finals.
Asper, of Parkton, Md., shared Most Outstanding Wrestler honors with 149-pound Mario Mason of Rutgers. Asper's efforts helped the 11th-ranked Terps compile 174.5 team points, 7.5 points behind the first-place finisher, 10th-ranked Oklahoma. No. 15 Rutgers placed third with 163 team points.
The effort capped a big weekend for Asper, who earlier was selected to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic on Monday (Nov. 21) at Arizona State University. Asper will face No. 2 Shane Onufer of Wyoming. The pair split a pair of matches last season, with Asper winning in the All-Star Classic and Onufer prevailing in the fifth-place match at the NCAA Championships.
Asper's teammate, third-ranked 285-pound sophomore Spencer Myers, was also selected for the NWCA All-Star Classic field and will face No. 2 Ryan Flores of American.