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10 Additional League Wrestlers Are Alive In Consolation Rounds
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Led by defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State, five Atlantic Coast Conference wrestlers head into tonight’s semifinal round of the NCAA Wrestling Championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The five wrestlers are guaranteed of earning All-American honors for this year.
Gwiazdowski recorded a major decision over Penn State’s James Lawson, 11-3, to earn his berth in the semifinals against fifth-seed Connor Medbury of Wisconsin.
Joining Gwiazdowski in the semifinals for the ACC are Kevin Jack of NC State at 141 pounds; Ethan Ramos of North Carolina at 165; Tyler Wilps of Pitt at 174; and Conner Hartmann of Duke at 197.
Jack, Wilps and Hartmann all scored major upsets in reaching the semifinal round.
Jack, unseeded, defeated ACC champion and fourth-seed Devin Carter of Virginia Tech, 10-8. Carter was the national runner-up last year. Jack will face the Tournament’s top seed in the semifinals, three-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber of Ohio State.
A freshman from Danbury, Conn., Jack had already recorded a pair of impressive upsets prior to his win over Carter, downing the No. 5 seed, Josh Dziewa of Iowa, 6-3, in the opening round, then defeating 12th-seed Joey Ward of North Carolina to move into the quarterfinals.
Wilps, this year’s Most Valuable Wrestler at the ACC Championships, downed the No. 1-seed of the NCAA Tournament at 174 pounds, in defeating Robert Kokesh of Nebraska, 3-2. He will face 12th-seeded Kyle Crutchmer from Oklahoma State in tonight’s semifinal match.
Hartmann, seeded 10th at 197, upended No. 2-seed in a 3-2 decision over Morgan McIntosh of Penn State. Hartmann will face third-seeded Kyven Gadsen in the semifinals.
Ramos, from North Carolina, just the 16th seed in this year’s NCAA 165-pound class, reached the semifinal round by defeating seventh-seeded Pierce Harger of Northwestern, who retired by injury at 6:05 of their match. Ramos led 8-3 at the time of Harger’s injury. Ramos will face the No. 6 seed, Indiana’s Tracy Walsh, in the semifinals.
Additionally, a total of 10 ACC wrestlers are still competing in the consolation rounds.
Still alive in the consolation, or wrestle-backs, heading into Friday night’s competition are Joey Dance of Virginia Tech at 125; George DiCamillo of Virginia at 133; Carter at 141; Virginia Tech’s Sal Mastriani at 149; Tech’s Nick Brascetta at 157; Virginia’s Nick Sulzer at 165; Virginia Tech’s Zach Epperly and Virginia’s Blaise Butler at 174; Pitt’s Max Thomusseit at 184; and Virginia Tech’s Ty Walz at 285.
The Championship continues Friday night with semifinals and wrestle backs in the evening session with semifinal wrestle backs set for 10 a.m. on Saturday and the championship finals set for Saturday night (7 pm).