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Wolfpack Grappler Keys Upset of No. 13 Virginia; Downs Pair of Ranked Foes
GREENSBORO, N.C.—NC State senior Joe DeAngelo (Burlington, N.C.) was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week after a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including a crucial win in the Wolfpack’s 22-20 upset of 13th-ranked Virginia last Thursday night.
With Virginia leading 20-19 and heading into the 125-pound competition, which was the final match of night, DeAngelo decisioned 29th-ranked Nick Herrman of Virginia, 7-6, to give the Wolfpack a 22-20 win over the Cavaliers. The win by DeAngelo snaped UVa’s 32-match home winning streak.
The victory allowed NC State to finish second in the ACC in the regular season, its highest finish since 2007.
Then, on senior night in Raleigh on Saturday, DeAngelo defeated the Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State, 3-2. Klimara is the nation’s eighth-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds. Since Jan. 7 of this year, DeAngelo has won 11 of his last 13 matches, losing only to the second-ranked (Alan Waters, Missouri) and fourth-ranked (Joey Dance, Virginia Tech) wrestlers in the nation. He has won his last three matches, all against nationally-ranked opponents, and his last four matches against ranked foes overall.
The wins for DeAngelo boosted his record this year to 15-9 and 13-7 in dual matches. He finished 4-1 in ACC competition this year.
DeAngelo was selected from among a group of four nominees that also included North Carolina junior Christian Barber (Westfield, N.J.), who upset Virginia Tech’s Sal Mastriani, 5-3. Mastriani is the nation’s ninth-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds; Virginia Tech senior Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.), who defeated 19th-ranked Joey Ward of North Carolina, 7-4, at 141 pounds as Carter and the Hokies finished unbeaten in ACC competition; and Duke senior Marcus Cain (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who defeated both Nick Trimble of Michigan State and Angelo Latora of 15th-ranked Michigan as the Blue Devils split a pair of matches against Big Ten foes.
All will be in action at the 61st Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships, which will be held on Sunday, March 8 at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tickets for the one day championship—the first ACC championship event hosted by the Panthers in school history--are on sale now.
Admission to the Petersen Events Center is $10 for adults and $5 for both youth 12-and-under and senior citizens. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased online, calling 800-643-PITT (7488), or visiting the Panthers Ticket Office located in the lobby of the Petersen Events Center. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
The ACC Wrestling Championship begins at 11 a.m. and the gates will open at 10 a.m.
2014-15 ACC Wrestlers of the Week
Dec. 16—Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State (Hwt.); Nick Sulzer, Virginia (165); and
Max Thomusseit, Pitt (184)
Dec. 23—Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech (174)
Jan. 6—Joey Dance, Virginia Tech (125)
Jan. 13—Dom Forys, Pitt (125)
Jan. 20—Blaise Butler, Virginia (174)
Jan. 27—Tyler Wilps, Pitt (174)
Feb. 3—Blaise Butler, Virginia (174)
Feb. 10—Ethan Ramos, North Carolina (165)
Feb. 17—Michael Boykin, NC State (197)
Feb. 24—Joe DeAngelo, NC State (125)