2012 ACC Wrestling Championship Slated For Saturday

Feb. 29, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. –The University of North Carolina is set to serve as the host school for the 58th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship, which is set for Saturday at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The all-day event will feature 13 wrestlers currently ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in their respective weight classes and seven ranked among the top 10, including Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (6th) at 133 pounds, Virginia’s Nick Nelson (7th) and NC State’s Darrius Little (10th) at 141, Maryland’s Josh Asper (2nd) and Virginia Tech’s Pete Yates (8th) at 165, Maryland’s Christian Boley (5th) at 197 and Maryland’s Spencer Myers (7th) at heavyweight.

The doors to Carmichael Arena will open at 10 a.m., with first- round action set to begin at 11 a.m. The semifinals are set for 1 p.m., followed by the semifinal consolation matches at 3:30. The consolation finals are set for 5 p.m., followed by the championship matches at 7 p.m. All seating for the ACC Championship is general admission. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information on tickets, directions and Saturday’s schedule, see the ACC Wrestling Championship web site:

http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-wrestling-championship.html

Updated brackets as Saturday’s action progresses can be found at:

http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-wrestling-championship-brackets.html

All rounds of the 2012 ACC Wrestling Championship will be carried live by ESPN3, which plans dual mat coverage.

Please see the attached file for complete brackets and seeding for each weight class. Seeded No. 1 are Virginia’s Matt Snyder at 125, Virginia Tech’s Carter at 133, Virginia’s Nelson at 141, Virginia’s Gus Sako at 149, North Carolina’s Corey Mock at 157, Maryland’s Asper at 165, Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock at 174, Virginia’s Jon Fausey at 184, Maryland’s Boley at 197 and the Terps’ Myers at heavyweight.

Defending ACC champions expected to compete Saturday include Carter at 133, Asper at 165, North Carolina’s Zac Bennett at 197 and Myers at heavyweight.

The final ACC standings saw a three-way tie for first place, with Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech all posting 4-1 dual match records in conference play. The defending champion Terps (15-1 overall) are ranked No. 17 in the latest NCWA poll, while Virginia (11-1) is 20th and Virginia Tech (8-6) tied for 22nd.

InterMat, which ranks teams according to NCAA Tournament projections, places Maryland at No. 11, Virginia Tech tied for 28th, Virginia 30th and NC State 45th. In addition to Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech, three other teams – North Carolina (6-14, 2-3), NC State (7-9, 1-4) and Duke (3-10, 0-5) – round out the ACC Championship field.

In addition to a team championship, ACC wrestlers will be competing to fill the conference’s 24 automatic individual weight-class spots in the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The ACC is also hopeful of earning several spots among the 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7.

The breakdown of the ACC’s automatic NCAA qualifiers by weight class is as follows: 125 - 3; 133 - 3; 141 - 4; 149 - 2; 157 - 3; 165 - 3; 174 - 2; 184 - 2; 197 - 1; 285 - 1

Maryland leads all schools with 23 ACC Championships. North Carolina owns 17 ACC wrestling titles, followed by NC State with 14 and Virginia with four. UNC is hosting the ACC Wrestling Championship for the eighth time and the first time since 2001.