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Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock takes top seed at 184 at 2014 NCAA Div. I championship

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University of Maryland wrestler Jimmy Sheptock was picked as the No. 1 seed for the 184-pound weight class for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday evening.

Sheptock, a senior originally from Northampton, Pa., is a 2013 NCAA All-American (placing sixth at 184) who claimed his third straight ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference title last weekend.

Defending NCAA 184-pound champ, Ed Ruth of Penn State, was seeded second.

Sheptock is one of 33 wrestlers in the 184-pound bracket. Six are at-large selections: Blake Stauffer (Arizona State); Lucas Sheridan (Indiana); T.J. Dudley (Nebraska); Kurtis Julson (North Dakota State); Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State); and Jackson Hein (Wisconsin). Sixteen of the wrestlers in the bracket have earned seeds, an increase of four from previous years.

Here are the seeded wrestlers in the 184 bracket, along with their school, conference and season won-loss record:

  1. Jimmy Sheptock, Maryland (ACC, 28-0)
  2. Ed Ruth, Penn State (Big Ten, 29-1)
  3. Gabe Dean, Cornell (EIWA, 35-2)
  4. Mike Thomusseit, Pittsburgh (ACC, 18-2)
  5. Ethen Lofthouse, Iowa (Big Ten, 20-3)
  6. Jake Swartz, Boise State (WWC, 13-1)
  7. Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota (Big Ten, 21-6)
  8. Timothy Dudley, Nebraska (Big Ten, 25-6)
  9. Domenic Abounader, Michigan (Big Ten, 15-9)
  10. Kenny Counts, Ohio State (Big Ten, 29-7)
  11. Lawrence Thomas, Penn (EIWA, 25-8)
  12. Ophir Bernstein, Brown (EIWA, 33-8)
  13. Jack Dechow, Old Dominion (MAC, 17-4)
  14. John Rizqallah, Michigan State (Big Ten, 20-10)
  15. Ryan Loder, Northern Iowa (MAC, 12-2)
  16. Nick Vetterlein, Virginia Tech (ACC, 25-8)

Looking back at the 2013 NCAAs: In the 184-pound title bout, Penn State's Ruth defeated Lehigh's Robert Hamlin, 12-4, to win his second NCAA title (having won the 174-pound crown at the 2012 NCAAs).

Mat Bracketology previews: See College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.

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