Virginia Tech's Diaz Named ACC Wrestler of the Week

Feb. 9, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech 141-pound junior Chris Diaz has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after posting a wild, last-second win in a battle between nationally- ranked opponents during the 15th-ranked Hokies match at eighth-ranked Lehigh.

The 10th-ranked Diaz picked up a takedown with one second left in the match to capture a 4-3 win over 17th-ranked Seth Ciasulli. Ciasulli got a first-period takedown and a stall warning point against Diaz to take a 3-2 lead. But Diaz kept fighting and was awarded the two points at the buzzer much to dismay of the Lehigh faithful, beginning a run of three straight weight-class wins by the Hokies. Diaz, a native of Camden, Del., improved to 25-3 on the season and 18-1 in dual matches.

With much of last week’s schedule canceled or postponed due to winter storms, ACC teams are hopeful of getting back into full action this week.

NC State kicks off a busy five days tonight, when the Wolfpack travels to 25th-ranked Old Dominion for a match that was originally scheduled for last Sunday. The Wolfpack returns home to face UNC Greensboro on Wednesday night, then plays host to 24th-ranked Virginia and now 14th-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday.

For Virginia and Virginia Tech, Saturday’s matches will conclude a two-day ACC swing. Those teams will wrestle at Duke on Friday in another conference twin bill. Duke then hits the road on Sunday for a match at The Citadel.

Maryland will be at home this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches vs. American (Friday) and Hofstra (Sunday). Meanwhile, North Carolina has a non-conference road trip scheduled. The Tar Heels will visit 21st-ranked Edinboro on Friday night and remain in the state of Pennsylvania for a Sunday doubleheader against host Clarion and Cleveland State.