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Jan. 18, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina 157-pound freshman Corey Mock has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week presented by Chevrolet following a weekend that included an upset of the nation's fifth-ranked wrestler and a first-period pin that helped key the Tar Heels to a non-conference victory.
Mock scored an 11-5 decision over Virginia Tech's nationally fifth-ranked and previously unbeaten Jesse Dong in the ACC opener for both teams on Saturday. Mock took control with an early takedown and used two two-point near falls in the second period to add to the lead. Mock's win temporarily halted the momentum of the fourth-ranked Hokies, who had opened with wins by decision in each of the first four weight classes en route to an eventual 25-9 team victory.
Mock helped the Tar Heels bounce back later in the day with a pin of Clarion's Kyle Braddock in just 1:39. Mock's six points helped the Tar Heels post a 32-10 victory. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native improved to 26-11 on the season with the two wins.
North Carolina returns to action tonight with a 7 p.m. match at Duke. The match will be the ACC opener for the Blue Devils and kicks off a busy week involving ACC teams.
Eight more matches are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including a pair of ACC contests. Virginia wrestles at North Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m., and Maryland plays host to Virginia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m.