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Virginia Tech’s Zach Epperly Named Top Rookie in 174-pound Class
GREENSBORO, N.C.— Five ACC freshmen have been named to the national 2015 All-Rookie Team by Amateur Wrestling News, the publication announced this week.
Named to the Amateur Wrestling News team were Kevin Norstrem (Brandon, Fla.) of Virginia Tech at 133 pounds, Kevin Jack (Danbury, Conn.) of NC State at 141 pounds, Ethan Ramos (Hawthorne, N.J.) of North Carolina at 165 pounds, Zach Epperly (Christiansburg, Va.) of Virginia Tech at 174 pounds and Jared Haught (Parkersburg, W.Va.) of Virginia Tech at 197 pounds.
Virginia Tech‘s Zach Epperly, the y freshman to earn All-American honors in the 174-pound weight class was ranked the top freshman in his class. Epperly finished seventh nationally at this year’s NCAA Championships and had a 29-8 overall record.
NC State’s Jack recorded a 5th-place NCAA effort and was named the No. 2 freshman in his weight class. Jack was also named the ACC Freshman of the Year this year. He started the NCAA Championships unseeded, but went 4-2 all against seeded wrestlers to become the Pack’s first freshman All-American since 1991. Originally scheduled to redshirt, Jack finished with a 31-9 record for the season, setting an NC State record for most wins by a freshman.
North Carolina’s Ramos also earned All-American honors in the 165 pound class, finishing fifth in the NCAA Championships. Ramos was also tabbed as the No. 2 rookie wrestler in his eight class.
Virginia Tech’s Norstrem, at 133 pounds, did not earn All-American honors, but did earn an NCAA berth and posted a regular season mark of 21-19. Norstrem was tabbed the No. 3 rookie wrestler in his category.
The Hokies’ Haught also earned a bid at 197 pounds to the NCAA Tournament and posted an overall 22-19 record. He was also picked as the No. 3 rookie in his weight class. He finished fourth in the ACC Championships.