ACC Sends 12 Wrestlers Into NCAA Quarterfinals

14 Additional League Wrestlers Are Alive In Consolation Rounds

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Led by defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference wrestlers head into the quarterfinal round for the NCAA Wrestling Championship at the Scottrade Arena in St. Louis, Mo.

In all, 26 ACC wrestlers remain alive in the event as an additional 14 will compete in the consolation round.

Joining Gwiazdowski in the quarterfinals are Virginia Tech’s Joey Dance at 125; Virginia’s George

DiCamillo at 133;  Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter and NC State’s Kevin Jack at 141; Tech’s Sal Mastriani at 149; Tech’s Nick Brascetta at 157; North Carolina’s Ethan Ramos at 165; Pitt’s Tyler Wilps and Tech’s Zach Epperly at 174; Pitt’s Max Thomusseit at 184; and Duke’s Conner Hartmann at 197.

A win by any of the 12 in the quarterfinals will put them into the semifinals and guarantee them All-American status for this year.

Still alive in the consolation rounds as of Friday morning were Nick Herrman of Virginia at 125; Kevin Norstrem of Virginia Tech at 133; Joey Ward of North Carolina at 141; Mikey Racciato of Pitt and Marcus Cain of Duke at 149; Immanuel Kerr-Brown of Duke at 157; Nick Sulzer of Virginia, Max Rohskopf of NC State and Troy Reaghard of Pitt at 165; Blaise Butler of Virginia and Pete Renda of NC State at 174; Jared Haught of Tech; Ty Walz of Tech and Ryan Solomon of Pitt at 285.     

ACC wrestlers achieved several significant upsets on Thursday, in a day of monumental upsets at the NCAA Championship.

Tech’s Nick Brascetta, unseeded at 157, defeated  ninth-seeded Joseph LaValee of Missouri, 5-2, in the opening round and then downed eighth-seeded John Boyle of American University, 3-2, to reach the quarterfinals.

NC State’s unseeded Kevin Jack upended the No. 5 seed at 141 pounds, Josh Dziewa of Iowa, 6-3, in the opening round, then defeated 12th-seed Ward of North Carolina to move into the quarterfinals. He will face fourth-seed Devin Carter of Virginia Tech today in the quarters. Carter, the 2014 and 2015 ACC champion, was the 2014 national runner-up at 141.

Virginia’s George DiCamillo, the 12th seed, upset fifth-seeded Zane Richards of Illinois, with a thrilling, 6-4 sudden victory at 133 pounds to reach the quarterfinals.

Duke’s Conner Hartman, the 10th seed at 197 pounds, downed 7th-seeded Abram  Ayala of Princeton, 5-2, to reach the quarterfinals.

The Championship continues Friday with quarterfinals and wrestle backs in the morning and semifinals and wrestle backs in the evening session.