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Cavalier Junior Defeats A Pair of Top 25 Foes, Including Win Over 4th-Ranked Evan Henderson
GREENSBORO, N.C.-–Virginia redshirt junior Joe Spisak (Boiling Springs, Pa.) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week Tuesday for his performance in winning a pair of matches against nationally-ranked opponents and helping 12th-ranked Virginia to team victories over North Carolina and NC State.
Spisak, wrestling at 141 pounds, defeated Evan Henderson of North Carolina, who is ranked fourth nationally, by a score of 4-0 in leading UVa to a 21-9 triumph over the Tar Heels. The loss was only the fourth of the year for Henderson, who earned All-America honors last year at the NCAA Championships. Spisak built up 3:19 in riding time in the decisive win as he defeated a returning All-America for the third time this year.
Two days later on Sunday, Spisak then defeated 25th-ranked Sam Speno of NC State, 3-1, to key a 22-10 Cavalier victory.
With the impressive wins, Spisak improved to 18-10 overall on the year, 11-7 in duals and 4-6 against top 20 opponents. Virginia improved to 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.
In being named ACC Wrestler of the Week, Spisak was chosen over strong performances from Maryland’s 197-pound senior Christian Boley (Brockport, N.Y.), Duke 157-pound junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Rome, Ga.) and Pitt 197-pound sophomore Nick Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park, Pa.).
The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships will be held March 8 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Advanced ticket sales are available for $5 each through the link listed below. Tickets at the championship 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