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Asper loses in NCAA wrestling semifinals

Maryland junior Josh Asper (Hereford), seeded seventh, lost a 5-4 decision to 11th-seeded Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh in the semifinals of the NCAA wrestling tournament Friday night in St. Louis.

Asper, a Parkton native, will enter the 165-pound wrestleback this morning and attempt to earn a spot on the medal stand.

Hatchett opened the scoring with a first-period takedown. Asper quickly escaped and the opening period finished with Hatchett holding a 2-1 lead.

After picking up a point with an escape to start the second period, Asper shot Hatchett's leg and tallied two points and lead 4-3 heading into the final period. The wrestlers started at neutral position and Hatchett picked up a takedown with a little over a minute remaining. Despite Asper's furious attempt to break free, Hatchett rode out the remainder of the match.

In the quarterfinal, Asper defeated second-seeded Shane Onufer, 5-3, at 165 pounds to earn All-America status for the second time in as many years and avenge a loss to Wyoming's Onufer in last year's tournament.

Asper was not the only Terp to win Friday morning.

At 174, 12th-seeded Jimmy Sheptock fell one match short of earning All-America status in his first full season as a starter. The redshirt sophomore lost a 5-1 decision to sixth-seeded Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly. DesRoches scored a 3-point near-fall midway through the third period to knock off Sheptock.

In other action, fourth-seeded Terp Christian Boley lost a 12-3 major decision to seventh-seeded Mario Gonzalez of Illinois in the 197-pound wrestleback.

Patsos to join studio crew

Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos will join the CBS Sports Network studio crew starting at 9 tonight and 4:30 p.m. Sunday to break down and analyze NCAA tournament games from the network's studios in New York.

Et cetera

College football: Navy senior offensive lineman John Dowd was named by the NCAA one of 29 male postgraduate scholarship recipients for participants in fall sports. Each student-athlete receives a grant of $7,500. To qualify, athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative. Dowd was a three-year starter at guard and has a 3.90 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Maryland baseball: Visiting North Carolina overcame an early deficit with a middle-inning rally and held off a late charge by Maryland for a 4-3 victory. The Terps scored three runs off Tar Heels ace Kent Emanuel (5-0) — the most the 2012 preseason All-American has allowed this season — but North Carolina (15-3, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored four runs between the fourth and sixth innings to take the lead for good. Maryland (13-5, 0-4 ACC) had a runner within 90 feet of tying it in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings but was unable to score an equalizer.

More baseball: Michael Trionfo (Calvert Hall) held George Mason (11-7, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) to one run and four hits in a seven-inning start as host Towson (7-9, 2-2) handed the Patriots a 6-1 loss. ... Host Mount St. Mary's (5-10) opened Northeast Conference play with an 11-3 loss to Bryant.

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