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Panther Grappler Leads Pitt To Pair of ACC Victories
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Pitt freshman Dom Forys (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after winning three bouts by a major decision or a fall in leading the Panthers to three straight wins, including two ACC dual match triumphs.
Forys, who wrestled at 125 pounds, defeated Cody Karns of North Carolina by a fall at 4:22 of their match, in leading the Panthers to a 21-15 win over the Tar Heels at the Pitt Duals in Pittsburgh, Pa., in Pitt’s first ACC win of the season.
Forys then defeated Thayer Atkins of Duke by a major decision, 14-4 as the Panthers downed the Blue Devils, 20-15 to take first place in the ACC. Forys finished out his day last Sunday, downing Tanner Shoap of Drexel by major decision, 10-2, as the Panthers recorded their third dual match win of the weekend with a 27-12 victory over Drexel.
The trio of wins pushed his overall record for the year to 11-2 and led the ninth-ranked Panthers to an overall 7-2 record as he accounted for 14 team points in the three matches.
Forys earned selection over a quartet of ACC wrestlers in Duke’s Jake Faust (Belleville, Ohio), NC State’s Joe DeAngelo (Burlington, N.C.), North Carolina’s Chip Ness (Duluth, Ga.) and Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (Christiansburg, Va.).
Faust captured three straight matches at 165 pounds including a win over 15th-ranked Max Reiskopf of NC State in the Blue Devils’ dual match win over the Wolfpack. Faust, a redshirt sophomore, also downed Devan Murray of Eastern Michigan and Cody Wiercioch of Pitt.
DeAngelo won four straight matches at 125 pounds and led the Wolfpack to wins over Lock Haven, Eastern Michigan and Bloomsburg. DeAngelo recorded a major decision over Thayer Atkins of Duke (14-4) and three technical falls over Kaleb LeMaire of Lock Haven (22-7), Blake Caudill of East Michigan (19-4) and Eliot Zackoski of Bloomsburg.
Ness, a freshman at 197 pounds, defeated 14th-ranked Nick Bonaccorsi of Pitt and Phil Sprenkle of Lock Haven.
Carter, a senior who was the 2013 NCAA runner-up at 141 pounds captured four straight matches in leading the sixth-ranked Hokies to the championship of the Virginia Duals. Carter defeated Chance Driscoll of Kent State, Matt Krauss of Arizona State, ninth-ranked Chris Mecante of Old Dominion and Justin VanHoose of Virginia.
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 begin at 10 a.m. and the gates will open at 9 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