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Regular Season Champion and 10th-Ranked Pitt, 12th-Ranked Virginia Each Lead With Three
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Pitt, 10th-ranked nationally the regular season ACC champion, and 12th ranked Virginia each had three of their wrestlers named as No. 1 seeds in their respective weight classes for the 60th Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship, the ACC announced Thursday.
The seeds were determined by a vote of the seven ACC head coaches.
Named top in their weight classes for the 10th-ranked Panthers were Anthony Zanetta (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the 125 pound weight class, Shelton Mack (Meadville, Pa.) at 133 pounds, and Tyler Wilps (Oakdale, Pa.) at 174.
Virginia, ranked 12th nationally, had Gus Sako (Cleveland, Ohio) at 149 pounds, Blaise Butler (Belvidere, Ill.) at 157 and Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio) at 165 all earn No. 1 seeds.
Maryland saw two wrestlers receive the coveted No. 1 seeds in defending ACC champions Jimmy Sheptock (North Hampton, Pa.) at 184 and Christian Boley (Brockport, N.Y.) at 197. Sheptock, Boley and Maryland heavyweight Spencer Myers (Selinsgrove, Pa.) are each two-time ACC champions. Sheptock also won in 2012 at 174, while Boley (2012, 2013) and Myers (2011, 2012) won back-to-back titles in their current weight classes.
NC State sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), who is ramked 3rd mationally, was voted the top seed in the heavyweight division.
Finally, host Virginia Tech, ranked 16th nationally, had Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.), a late entry into the Championship, named as the top seed at 141. Carter, a two-time ACC champion (2011-12) at 133 pounds, missed most of the season with a hamstring injury which required surgery and was only medically cleared to compete on Wednesday. He was 12-0 at 141, with four wins over current Top 16 opponents, before the injury.
The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship will be held this Saturday at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Advanced tickets are available for $5 each through the link listed below through Friday. All tickets at the championship and online Saturday will be $10 each. ACC students with a valid student ID will be admitted free of charge.
Link for ACC Tournament Wrestling tickets: http://theacc.co/WRES14tix
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m., and all of the action will be available live on ESPN3. Here is the schedule: • First Round and Quarterfinal Consolations 10 a.m. • Semifinals 1:30 p.m. • Semifinal Consolation 3:45 p.m. • Finals Consolation 5:30 p.m. • Finals 7:30 p.m.
The complete list of seedings follow. Pdfs of the brackets are attached:
125--1. Anthony Zanetta, Pitt; 2. Joey Dance, Virginia Tech; 3. Nathan Kraisser, North Carolina; 4. Mark Herrmann, Virginia; 5. Micah Perez, NC State; 6. Paul O’Neill, Maryland; 7. Calvin Campbell, Duke.
133—1. Shelton Mack, Pitt; 2. Joe Martinez, Virginia; 3. Dennis Gustafson, Virginia Tech; 4. Tyler Goodwin, Maryland; 5. Troy Heilman, North Carolina; 6. Evan Botwin, Duke; 7. Brenden Calas, NC State.
141—1. Devin Carter, Virginia Tech; 2. Edgar Bright, Pitt; 3. Evan Henderson, North Carolina; 4. Joe Spisak, Virginia; 5. Shyheim Brown, Maryland; 6. Sam Speno, NC State; 7. Xaviel Ramos, Duke.
149—1. Gus Sako, Virginia; 2. Zach Neibert, Virginia Tech; 3. Christian Barber, North Carolina; Mikey Racciatto, Pitt; 5. Frank Goodwin, Maryland; 6. Brian Hamann, NC State; 7. Connor Ross, Duke.
157—1. Blaise Butler, Virginia; 2. Tommy Gantt, NC State; 3. Immanuel Kerr-Brown, Duke; 4. Sal Mastriani, Virginia Tech; 5. Jacob Crawford, North Carolina; 6. Ronnie Garbinsky, Pitt; 7. Danny Orem, Maryland.
165—1. Nick Sulzer, Virginia; 2. Chris Moon, Virginia Tech; 3. John Staudenmayer, North Carolina; 4. Geno Morelli, Pitt; 5. Marcus Cain, Duke; 6. Josh Snook, Maryland; 7.Max Rohskopf, NC State.
174—1. Tyler Wilps, Pitt; 2. Stephen Doty, Virginia; 3. Peter Renda, NC State; 4. Matt Snook, Maryland; 5. Austin Gabel, Virginia Tech; 6. Trey Adamson, Duke; 7. Scott Marmoll, North Carolina.
184—1. Jimmy Sheptock, Maryland, 2. Max Thomusseit, Pitt; 3. Nick Vetterlein, Virginia Tech; 4. Alex Utley, North Carolina, 5.Jon Fausey, Virginia; 6. Jacob Kasper, Duke; 7. Michael Macchiavello, NC State.
197—1. Christian Boley, Maryland; 2. Nick Bonaccorsi, Pitt; 3. Chris Penny, Virginia Tech; 4. Zach Nye, Virginia; 5. Conner Hartmann, Duke; 6. KaRonne Jones, NC State; 7. Frank Abbondanza, North Carolina.
Hwt. (285)—1. Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State; 2. Spencer Myers, Maryland; 3. P.J. Tasser, Pitt; 4. Ty Walz, Virginia Tech; 5. Ethan Hayes, Virginia; 6. Brendan Walsh, Duke; 7. Bob Coe, North Carolina.