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Tar Heel Grappler Keys UNC’s Upset Win Over 12th-Ranked Virginia
GREENSBORO, N.C.—North Carolina redshirt freshman Ethan Ramos (Hawthorne, N.J.) was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week for his upset of Virginia’s Nick Sulzer, a key victory in the Tar Heels’ 17-16 upset win over nationally 12th-ranked Virginia last Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The ACC Wrestler of the Week honor is the first in Ramos’ career.
Ranked 15th nationally at 165 pounds, Ramos scored a dramatic sudden victory win over Sulzer, the nation’s No. 2-ranked grappler, providing what proved to be the winning points for UNC. The win for the Tar Heels was their first over the Cavaliers since 2009.
Ramos scored a takedown in the first sudden victory overtime session to secure a 6-4 decision. The loss for Sulzer was only his second of the year and his first in conference play since 2013.
Ramos improved his overall record to 24-6 and has won his last 10 bouts. Earlier this week, he was named the Flowrestling national wrestler of the week.
He was selected from among a group of three nominees that also included NC State heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), the nation’s No. 1-ranked wrestler at 285 pounds, who recorded a pair of falls last week against 27th-ranked Jacob Henderson of Old Dominion and 7th-ranked Ty Walz of Virginia Tech; and Pitt sophomore Mikey Racciato (Pen Argyl, Pa.), who also scored a pair of falls for the Panthers against Brent Waterman of Virginia Tech and Brodie Zacherf of Clarion.
Tickets for the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 8, are on sale effective immediately.
The one-day tournament, which will take place at the Petersen Events Center, is the first ACC championship event put on by the Panthers in school history.
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)