Four defending champions draw No. 1 seeds for ACC Wrestling Championship

March 5, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. – Four defending weight class champions will be among the 10 number-one seeds for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum.

The brackets for the 56th annual event were released Friday night following a seeding meeting and draw by the coaches.

Maryland’s Steven Bell, the two-time defending champion at 133 pounds, is again seeded first in his weight class. Maryland’s Alex Krom (141), Virginia’s Chris Henrich (174) and Duke’s Konrad Dudziak (heavyweight) are other 2009 defending champions drawing No. 1 seeds for this year’s Championship.

Tenth-ranked Maryland (19-4, 4-0), which finished tied with 14th-ranked Virginia Tech (17-5, 4-0) atop the ACC regular-season standings, leads all schools with four top-seeded wrestlers in this year’s championship. Virginia Tech has three wrestlers seeded No.1 in their weight classes, while 22nd-ranked Virginia, NC State and Duke have one apiece (see list below). Please see the attached file for the complete seedings and brackets of the 2010 ACC Wrestling Championship.

The doors to Reynolds Coliseum will open Saturday at 10 a.m., with first round action set to begin at 11 o’clock. 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.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more ticket information, contact the NC State ticket office at (919) 865-1510. For more information on tickets, directions and Saturday’s schedule, see the ACC Wrestling Championship web site:

http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-wrestling-championship.html

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

http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-wrestling-championship-brackets.html

In addition, theACC.com plans to air a free, live on-line webcast of Championships, beginning with the consolation finals at 5 p.m., followed by the finals at 7. The broadcast, produced by ScherShot Productions, will feature Evan Lepler on play-by-play and Daryl Weber as color analyst. Coverage may be accessed via theACC.com.

2010 ACC Wrestling Championship No. 1 Weight Class Seeds

125 – Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech
133 – Steven Bell, Maryland*
141 – Alex Krom, Maryland*

149 – Bobby Ward, NC State
157 – Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech
165 – Josh Asper, Maryland
174 – Chris Henrich, Virginia*
184 – Tommy Spellman, Virginia Tech
197 – Hudson Taylor, Maryland
285 – Konrad Dudziak, Duke*

* - Defending champion