Duke’s Faust, NC State’s Jack Named ACC Co-Wrestlers of the Week Presented by Havoline
Each Defeated a Pair of Nationally Ranked Wrestlers in Dual Meet Competition
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Duke redshirt junior Jake Faust and NC State sophomore Kevin Jack shared Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week honors this week, the ACC announced on Tuesday.
Faust, from Lexington, Ohio, wrestling at 165 pounds decisioned ninth-ranked John Michael Staudenmeyer of North Carolina, 5-3, to lead the Blue Devils to a 21-17 upset win over the 13th-ranked Tar Heels. The team win was the first by the Blue Devils over the Tar Heels since 2004.
Two days later, Faust recorded a 14-10 decision over 12th-ranked David McFadden of Virginia Tech.
Faust was unranked when he pulled off both upsets, but is now ranked 18th nationally in his weight class this week by InterMat.
He was joined in ACC Wrestler of the Week honors by Jack, who is ranked third nationally at 141 pounds by InterMat and defeated a pair of Top 10 foes.
Jack, from Danbury, Conn., defeated Virginia Tech’s Solomon Chishko, 3-2 in the Wolfpack’s loss to the then eighth-ranked Hokies. Chishko was ranked eighth nationally.
Jack then helped lead NC State to an 18-17 win over fifth-ranked Missouri, downing Matt Manley of Missouri, 4-2. Manley is ranked sixth nationally.
NC State is ranked fourth nationally in the latest NWCA National poll, while Virginia Tech is ranked fifth. Both teams have been invited to participate in the 2016 NWCA National Duals Championship Series. Virginia Tech will face eighth-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this Sunday in a 2 p.m. (ET) dual match. NC State will travel to second-ranked Iowa for a Monday night (8 p.m. ET) dual match in Iowa City, Iowa.
Faust and Jack were chosen over Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Zach Epperly, who also enjoyed a strong weekend. Epperly, ranked third nationally at 174 pounds, decisioned Nick Hall of NC State (5-0) in the Hokies’ win over the Wolfpack on Friday. He came back the next day to pin Duke’s Brian Dorsey at the 6:00 mark of their bout. The two team wins allowed Virginia Tech to record its second straight undefeated ACC regular season, the Hokies have now captured 10 consecutive ACC dual matches.
All three wrestlers will be competing in the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship which will be hosted by the University of Virginia on Sunday, March 6. The one-day tournament, which will take place at the John Paul Jones Arena Center in Charlottesville, Va., will begin at 11 a.m.