Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter Named @ACCWrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year


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Tech Junior Heads Up 2014 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Carter, a Psychology major from Christiansburg, Va., is a three-time All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team honoree.

The 141-pounder was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at this ACC Wrestling Championship and led Virginia Tech to the team title after coming back from a severe hamstring injury that required mid-season surgery and forced him to miss two months of competition.

Seeded fourth nationally in the NCAA Championships, Carter reached the finals of the NCAAs before losing to the top seed in the Tournament and finished second nationally. The loss in the NCAA title match was his only defeat of the year, as he posted an 18-1 record.

A total of six members of this year’s All-ACC Academic Wrestling have been named to the team multiple times, led by Virginia senior Jon Fausey, who is a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree. Joining Carter as three-time team members are Frank Abbondanza and Alex Utley of North Carolina and Virginia Tech’s Chris Moon.  Maryland’s Danny Orem was chosen for the second time.

Four members of the All-ACC Academic team also earned All-Americas honors and were ACC champions in Carter, Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock (184), Virginia’s Nick Sulzer (165) and Pitt’s Tyler Wilps (174).

Five members of the All-ACC Academic wrestling squad were also named All-ACC in Carter, Sheptock, Sulzer, Wilps and Pitt’s Max Thomusseit (184).

Duke and North Carolina led all schools with five student-athletes each on the 2014 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team. Pitt and Maryland each had three honorees, while NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech had two apiece.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

2014 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team

Name                                          School                    Year     Wgt.    Major                                                Hometown

***Frank Abbondanza        North Carolina     Jr.         174       Business                                          Mount Sinai, N.Y.

Christian Barber                      North Carolina     So.-R   149       Management & Society            Westfield, N.J.

Conner Bass                             Duke                       Fr.         149       Undeclared                                    Yorkville, Ill.

Evan Botwin                             Duke                       Fr.-R    125       Sociology                                         Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Marcus Cain                             Duke                       So.-R   165       Electrical & Computer Eng.       Winston-Salem, N.C.

***Devin Carter                     Virginia Tech        Jr.-R     141       Psychology                                     Christiansburg, Va.         

Robert Coe                               North Carolina     Fr.         285       Business                                          Plymouth, Mich.              

****Jon Fausey                     Virginia                   Sr.         184       Kinesiology                                     Dalmatia, Pa.

Troy Heilmann                         North Carolina     Fr.         133       Undecided                                      South Plainfield, N.J.

Jacob Kasper                            Duke                       Fr.         184       Undeclared                                    Lexington, Ohio

**Danny Orem                       Maryland                            Sr.         157                                                     Kinesiology         Glen Burnie, Md.

Michael Machiavello             NC State                Fr.         184       First Year College                         Monroe, N.C.

***Chris Moon                       Virginia Tech        Jr.-R     165       Electrical Engineering                 Fauquier, Va.

Geno Morelli                           Pitt                           So.        165       Business Administration           DuBois, Pa.

Xaviel Ramos                           Duke                       Fr.         141       Undeclared                                    Hopatcong, N.J.

Billy Rappo                                Maryland               So.        125       Letters & Sciences                       Holland, Pa.

Peter Renda                             NC State                Fr.         174       First Year College                         Topton, Pa.        

Jimmy Sheptock                     Maryland               Sr.         184       Communication                            Northhampton, Pa.

Nick Sulzer                                Virginia                   Jr.-R     165       Psychology                                     Cleveland, Ohio

Max Thomusseit                    Pitt                           Jr.-R     184       Communications                          St. Paris, Ohio   

***Alex Utley                         North Carolina     Jr.         184       History                                              Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Tyler Wilps                                Pitt                           Jr.-R     174       Finance                                            Oakdale, Pa.

ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Devin Carter, Virginia Tech

** - Two-time honoree

*** - Three-time honoree

**** - Four-time honoree