Twenty-six ACC wrestlers To compete In NCAA Championships

March 9, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A total of 26 student-athletes from the Atlantic Coast Conference will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 17-19 at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena.

Six ACC wrestlers were awarded at-large berths to the tournament on Wednesday. They will join the 20 wrestlers who earned automatic berths via their performances in last Saturday’s ACC Championship at Charlottesville, Va.

The at-large group includes three Virginia Tech wrestlers – Chris Diaz at 141 pounds, Brian Stephens at 149 and David Marone at 285. Virginia 133-pounder Joe Spisak was also selected, as was the Cavaliers’ 285-pounder Jack Danilkowicz. North Carolina’s Thomas Scotton earned a spot in the 165-pound field.

This marks the third consecutive year that the ACC has placed at least 25 wrestlers in the NCAA field.

The NCAA announced a total of 50 at-large selections for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Wednesday. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria without priority order: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and number of matches contested at that weight class.

Please see the attached file for complete 2011 NCAA Division I Championship brackets. Listed below are the ACC’s 26 NCAA participants. At-large selections are designated by an asterisk (*).

125 pounds (2)
Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech
Matt Snyder, Virginia

133 pounds (2)
Devin Carter, Virginia Tech
Joe Spisak, Virginia*

141 pounds (4)
Jon Kohler, Maryland
Darrius Little, NC State
Nick Nelson, Virginia
Chris Diaz, Virginia Tech*

149 pounds (3)
Darrion Caldwell, NC State
Derek Valenti, Virginia
Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech*

157 pounds (3)
Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech
Kyle John, Maryland
Corey Mock, North Carolina

165 pounds (3)
Josh Asper, Maryland
Pete Yates, Virginia Tech
Thomas Scotton, North Carolina*

174 pounds (2)
Chris Henrich, Virginia
Mike Letts, Maryland

184 pounds (3)
Diego Bencomo, Duke
Corey Peltier, Maryland
Jon Fausey, Virginia

197 pounds (1)
Zac Bennett, North Carolina

Heavyweight (3)
Spencer Myers, Maryland
Jack Danilkowicz, Virginia*
David Marone, Virginia Tech*