Pitt’s Tyler Wilps Named ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Panther Senior Heads Up 2015 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pitt’s Tyler Wilps has been named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced Friday by the ACC.

Wilps, a finance major from Oakdale, Pa., finished second nationally in this year’s NCAA Wrestling Championship and is a two-time All-American and ACC champion in the 174-pound weight class. Wilps also has posted a cumulative overall 3.85 GPA in his major of Business Finance.

“Tyler truly defines student-athlete,” said Pitt head coach Jason Peters. “He has excelled in both the classroom and the wrestling arena and I appreciate the commitment he has made to Pitt wrestling. His dedication and commitment to excellence will be missed in our lineup, however, I look forward to working with him next year in his role on our staff.”

Wilps came within seconds this year of winning the national championship, dropping a 5-4 decision on a penalty point with four seconds remaining in the match. He posted an overall 19-4 record in 2015, including a 4-1 mark in ACC dual meets and won his second straight ACC title in a division which included two other nationally ranked Top 10 opponents. Wilps was also honored earlier this year as a recipient of one of the ACC’s prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships.

"I am honored to have received the award, and it is always nice to see that your hard work gets recognized” said Wilps. “The ACC has provided myself and other student-athletes with countless scholarship and recognition opportunities, and for that I am grateful. I plan to continue to work hard and represent the ACC and the University of Pittsburgh well in my future endeavors."

NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), who captured his second straight NCAA title at 285 pounds, earned his first berth on the team, leading four members of the All-ACC Academic team who also garnered All-Americas honors, were ACC champions and were named to the All-ACC wrestling team. Joining Gwiazdowski were Wilps, Virginia Tech senior Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.) and Virginia senior Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio).

Carter, the 2014 ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete, becomes the first wrestler in league history to earn four All-ACC Wrestling citations, four ACC individual Wrestling championships and four All-ACC Academic Wrestling team awards. The All-ACC Wrestling Academic team began in just 2007. Carter was also honored this year as a recipient of the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

In all, five members of the Wrestling All-ACC Academic team, also earned All-ACC honors as did Duke’s Jacob Kasper, who joined Gwiazdowski, Wilps, Carter and Sulzer on the All-ACC team.

A total of eight members of this year’s All-ACC Academic Wrestling team have been named to the team multiple times, while eight are repeat selections from 2014, led by Tech’s Carter and North Carolina’s Frank Abbondanza (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) who are four-time All-ACC Academic honorees. They became the fifth and sixth ACC wrestlers to do so.

Wilps, Sulzer, Evan Botwin (Chestnut Hill, Pa.), Marcus Cain (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Jacob Kasper (Lexington, Ohio) of Duke and Peter Renda (Topton, Pa.) of NC State were each named to the All-ACC Academic Wresting team for the second time.

Duke led all schools with five student-athletes on the 2015 All-ACC Academic Wrestling team followed by NC State with four selections. Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech each had two honorees, while North Carolina had one.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

2015 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team

Name School Year Wgt. Major Hometown
****Frank Abbondanza North Carolina Sr.-R 285 Business Administration Mount Sinai, N.Y.
**Evan Botwin Duke So.-R 141 Sociology Chestnut Hill, Pa.
**Marcus Cain Duke Jr.-R 149 Electrical & Computer Eng. Winston-Salem, N.C.
****Devin Carter Virginia Tech Sr.-R 141 Psychology Christiansburg, Va.
Brian Dorsey Duke So.-R 165 Mechanical Engineering Austin, Texas
Jake Faust Duke Fr.-R 165 Sociology Bellville, Ohio
Dom Forys Pitt Fr. 125 Dietrich School/Arts & Sciences Wexford, Pa.
Nick Gwiazdowski NC State Jr.-R 285 Parks, Recreation &Tourism Mgt Delanson, N.Y.
Nicky Hall NC State Fr. 184 Criminology Coram, N.Y.
Jared Haught Virginia Tech Fr. 197 University Studies Parkersburg, W.Va.
**Jacob Kasper Duke So. 184 Sociology Lexington, Ohio
Bryce Meredith NC State Fr. 133 First-Year College Cheyenne, Wy.
**Peter Renda NC State So. 174 Business Administration Topton, Pa.
Joe Spisak Virginia Sr.-R 141 Higher Education Boiling Springs, Pa.
**Nick Sulzer Virginia Sr.-R 165 Higher Education Cleveland, Ohio
**Tyler Wilps Pitt Sr.-R 174 Business Finance Oakdale, Pa.

ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Tyler Wilps, Pitt
** - Two-time honoree
*** - Three-time honoree
**** - Four-time honoree