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Panther Wrestler Records Win Over Virginia’s 5th-Ranked Blaise Butler
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Pitt senior Tyler Wilps (Oakdale, Pa.) is the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after recording a win of Virginia’s 5th-ranked Blaise Butler Sunday as the 10th-ranked Panthers dropped a narrow, 17-16, decision to the 14th-ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
Wilps, ranked seventh nationally at 174 pounds, scored a 6-2 win over Butler, recording two takedowns and allowing Butler to escape twice. The win was Wilp’s second against a Top 20 opponent in as many matches and also his first against a foe ranked in the Top Five nationally.
Since returning to the lineup this winter, Wilps is 9-2 overall and is unbeaten in dual matches (5-0) and in ACC dual matches (3-0). He is 3-1 against opponents ranked in the Top 20 this year.
The one-point loss to Virginia was Pitt’s first ACC dual match defeat, snapping an eight-match winning streak since it began competing in the league in 2013-14.
Wilps becomes the third Pitt wrestler to be honored as ACC Wrestler of the Week this season joining 184-pound Max Thomusseit on Dec. 16 and 125-pound Dom Forys on Jan. 13.
Wilps earned selection over North Carolina freshman Ethan Ramos (Hawthorne, N.J.) who defeated three opponents in the 165-pound weight class, including 13th-ranked Peyton Walsh of Navy in leading the Tar Heels to wins over Navy, 25th-ranked Rider and George Mason; NC State junior heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.) who set an NC State school mark with his 42 consecutive wins in boosting his record to 20-0 on the year with a pin of 30th-ranked Mimmo Lytle (4:43) in a 26-13 win over Kent State; and Duke’s Trey Adamson (Riverton, Utah), who recorded four individual wins in the 174 pound weight class in the Appalachian State Open in Boone, N.C.
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 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)