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165-pound Redshirt Sophomore Leads Panthers to Four Dual Match Victories
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) — Pitt redshirt sophomore Cody Wiercioch was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week after winning four straight matches in leading the Panthers to four victories in the Pitt Duals last weekend, including Pitt’s first ACC win of the year against Duke.
Wiercioch, from Muse, Pa., earned a 6-2 decision over 12th-ranked Jake Faust of Duke to help the Panthers earn a 23-19 win over the Blue Devils in the opening round of the Pitt Duals.
He then pinned Davidson’s Zach Colangelo at the 0:51 mark of their bout as 20th-ranked Pitt cruised to a 43-3 win over the Wildcats. Wiercioch then won a 6-3 decision over Jonathan Viruet of Brown and recorded a technical fall (16-0) over Gordon Bolig of Franklin & Marshall as Pitt defeated Brown (29-9) and Franklin and Marshall (25-12).
With the wins, Wiercioch boosted his season’s record to 12-6, while Pitt improved to 9-1 overall, and 1-0 in the ACC.
Wiercioch was chosen from a group of four nominees including Conner Hartmann of Duke (197), Joey Ward of North Carolina (141) and Jamal Morris of NC State (133).
Hartmann, a redshirt senior wrestling at 197 pounds who is ranked fifth nationally by InterMat, recorded three wins at the Pitt Duals for the Blue Devils, including a triumph over Pitt’s Nick Bonaccorsi (4-2) for his first ACC win over the year. Hartmann also recorded a fall against Vince Pickett of Edinboro (1:21) and a major decision (11-0) over Josh Popple of Harvard. Hartmann improved to 14-1 on the year.
Ward, a redshirt junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, won all three of his matches in the Pitt Duals as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels won three straight dual matches, downing Edinboro (26-11), Columbia (24-12) and Brown (29-9). Ward recorded major decisions over Tyler Vath of Edinboro (14-2) and Joe Moita of Columbia (11-1) and a technical fall (16-0, 3:08) over Charlie Banaszak of Brown. With the wins, Ward improved to 10-1 on the season, while UNC is now 9-1 overall, having won eight straight dual matches.
Morris, a redshirt freshman from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., won all five of his matches—three by fall and one by technical fall--as he helped lead the third-ranked Wolfpack to five dual match wins and a 16-0 start. He opened the week with a fall against Brandon Leynaud (2:59) in State’s 34-9 win over Duke. Morris then added falls over Jeffrey Ott of Harvard (0:15) and Anthony Rivera (0:47) of Edinboro, a technical fall (18-0) over Marcus Begay of Hofstra, and a 14-12 decision over Esteban Gomez-Rivera of American. Morris improved to 9-2 on the season.
All four 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.
2015-16 ACC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 10—Ty Walz, Virginia Tech (285)
Nov. 17—Solomon Chishko, Virginia Tech (141)
Nov. 24—Mikey Racciato, Pitt (141)
Dec. 8—Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State (285) and
Ty Walz, Virginia Tech (285)
Dec. 16—Dom Forys, Pitt (133)
Jan. 5—Tommy Gantt, NC State (157)
Jan. 12—Cody Wiercioch, Pitt (165)