VIRGINIA’S GEORGE DICAMILLO FINISHES SECOND AT NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
CAVALIER LEADS NINE ACC WRESTLERS WHO EARNED ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
VIRGINIA TECH FINISHES SIXTH OVERALL; VIRGINIA IS 15TH
GREENSBORO, NC — Nine ACC wrestlers earned All-America honors and Virginia Tech finished in sixth place at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championship, which was held Thursday through Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Virginia senior George DiCamillo (Highland Heights, Ohio) became the only ACC wrestler to reach the championship round of the tournament, as he won four straight matches before falling to No. 1 seed Dean Heil of Oklahoma State in the title match, 6-3. DiCamillo was one of two Virginia wrestlers to reach the semifinals and earned his first All-American citation with his second-place finish.
UVA freshman Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas), wrestling at 125 pounds, also reached the semifinals and became an All-American and finished in sixth place for the Championship. Mueller had defeated Virginia’s Joey Dance, the second-seed at 125, to reach the semifinals and owned two other wins over Top 10 seeds.
The two Cavaliers helped Virginia finished 15th, its highest national finish since 2010.
Virginia Tech finished sixth with 63.5 points. The team finish by the Hokies was their fifth straight Top 10 finish.
Five Virginia Tech wrestlers earned All-American honors led by senior Joey Dance (Christiansburg, Virginia) at 125 pounds, but also including sophomore Solomon Chishko (Jeannette, Pennsylvania) at 149 pounds, senior Sal Mastriani (Towaco, New Jersey) at 157 pounds, junior Jared Haught (Parkersburg, West Virginia) at 197 pounds, and senior Ty Walz ( Cleveland, Ohio) at 285. Haught and Walz finished fourth nationally, Dance was fifth, and Chishko earned a sixth-place finish.
Walz earned his third All-American honor, having done so in 2015 and 2016, while Dance, Chishko and Haught each captured their second All-American citations. Mastriani’s All-American finish was the first of his career.
NC State junior Kevin Jack (Danbury, Connecticut) also earned his second All-American honor at 141 pounds, finishing third nationally after winning four straight consolation matches after suffering a loss in the quarterfinals. Jack, seeded second nationally, reversed an early decision to Bryce Meredith of Wyoming by pinning his former teammate at the 6:10 mark of their third-place match. Meredith, who transferred to Wyoming from NC State, had earlier knocked Jack out of the Championship bracket with a tight 6-5 decision in the quarterfinals.
Duke junior heavyweight Jacob Kasper (Lexington, Ohio) captured his first All-American honor, placing sixth at 285 pounds. Kasper was one of five ACC wrestlers who reached the semifinal round, including DiCamillo, Mueller, Haught and Walz.
Tech finished sixth overall with 63.5 points, followed by Virginia, which was 15th, with 29.5 points. NC State finished 17th. Pitt and Duke both tied for 32nd place with 9.5 points and North Carolina tied for 41st with 4.5 points.
Complete ACC NCAA Wrestling Results
No. 2 Joey Dance, Virginia Tech—5th Place, All-American, (5-2)
No. 2 Joey Dance tech. fall Gabe Tounsell, Stanford, 17-2, 4:20