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ACC Champion Virginia Tech Leads ACC with Nine Qualifiers; Pitt, Virginia each Have Eight
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference garnered seven at-large selections to go along with its 34 automatic bids and will send a total of 41 wrestlers to the 84th NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the NCAA announced.
2014 ACC Wrestling Champion Virginia Tech leads all ACC schools with nine wrestlers earning berths in the championship tournament brackets, while Pitt and Virginia had eight selections each.
Maryland and NC State each had five wrestlers chosen, while North Carolina had four and Duke had two.
Two ACC wrestlers enter the NCAA Championships undefeated. Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock (Northampton, Pa.), the nation’s top-ranked wrestler (InterMat) in the 184-pound class, is 28-0 on the year. Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.), named the ACC’s Most Valuable Wrestler at last week’s championship, is 14-0 on the season and ranked 4th nationally at 141-pounds. Carter missed two months of the season with a hamstring injury which required surgery and just returned in time for the ACC Championships.
Two other ACC wrestlers enter the NCAA Championships ranked in the Top Five nationally in their weight classes. Virginia junior Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio), who has a 32-1 record, is ranked second nationally at 165 pounds. NC State sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski (Delandson, N.Y.) is also now ranked second nationally in the heavyweight division after posting a 38-2 mark.
Sheptock, Carter, Sulzer and Gwiazdowski all captured ACC titles at last week’s ACC Championships, held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Three ACC teams finished the regular season ranked in the Top 20 in InterMat’s dual meet rankings. Pitt led the way at No. 10, followed by Virginia at No. 14 and Virginia Tech at No. 18.
Intermat’s national tournament rankings, which are different from the dual meet rankings and project points teams will score in the tournament setting has five ACC teams in its Top 22. InterMat lists Maryland as the top-rated ACC team at No. 16, followed by Virginia (17), Pitt (20), Virginia Tech (21) and NC State (22).
2014 ACC NCAA Wrestling Championship Bids By School
*Denotes at-large selection
Virginia Tech (9)
125--Joey Dance, Virginia
133--Dennis Gustafson, Virginia Tech (ACC Champion)
141--Dennis Carter, Virginia Tech (ACC Champion)
149--Zach Neibert, Virginia Tech (ACC Champion)
165--*Chris Moon, Virginia Tech
174--*Austin Gabel, Virginia Tech
184--Nick Vetterlein, Virginia Tech
197-- Chris Penny, Virginia Tech (ACC Champion)
Hwt.--Ty Walz, Virginia Tech
125--Anthony Zanetta, Pitt
133--*Shelton Mack, Pitt
141--Edgar Bright, Pitt
149--Mikey Racciato, Pitt
174--Tyler Wilps, Pitt (ACC Champion)
184--Max Thomusseit, Pitt
197--*Nick Bonaccorsi, Pitt
Hwt.—P.J. Tasser, Pitt
125--*Nick Herrmann, Virginia
141--Joe Spisak, Virginia
149--Gas Sako, Virginia
157--Blaise Butler, Virginia (ACC Champion)
165--Nick Sulzer, Virginia (ACC Champion)
174--Stephen Doty, Virginia
184--Jon Fausey, Virginia
197--Zach Nye, Virginia
133--Tyler Goodwin, Maryland
141--*Shyheim Brown, Maryland
184--Jimmy Sheptock, Maryland (ACC Champion)
197--Christian Boley, Maryland
Hwt.—Spencer Myers, Maryland
NC State (5)
141--Sam Speno, NC State
149--Thomas Gantt, NC State
174--Peter Renda, NC State
197--KaRonne Jones, NC State
Hwt.--Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State (ACC Champion)
North Carolina (4)
125--Nathan Kraisser, North Carolina (ACC Champion)
141--Evan Henderson, North Carolina
149--Christian Barner, North Carolina
165--John Staudenmayer, North Carolina
157--*Immanuel Kerr-Brown, Duke
197—Conner Hartmann, Duke