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March 18, 2012
ST. LOUIS – Four Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes earned All-America honors as the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday at the Scottrade Center.
Virginia Tech 133-pound sophomore Devin Carter and 165-pound senior Pete Yates, NC State 141-pound senior Darrius Little and Maryland 165-pound junior Josh Asper all posted top-eight finishes in their respective weight classes to achieve All-America status.
Carter and Yates posted fifth-place finishes, while Maryland's Asper took sixth place and NC State's Little finished eighth.
The ACC has seen 20 wrestlers earn All-America status over the past four seasons. Twenty-eight wrestlers from the conference qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, marking the third straight year the conference has seen at least 25 student-athletes qualify for the NCAAs.
Penn State won its second straight NCAA team title, totaling 143 points. Virginia Tech placed 11th with 39 points, while Virginia was 28th with 17.5 and ACC champion Maryland 31st with 15.5. NC State was 44th with 6.5 points, and North Carolina 54th at 3.0.
Virginia Tech’s 11th place team finish was its best ever, as were its 39 points scored. Carter and Yates are Tech head coach Kevin Dresser’s second and third All-Americans, respectively, joining Chris Diaz, who finished eighth at 141 pounds in 2010. It’s only the third time in school history Tech has had two All-Americans in the same year as Chris Martin (165; 4th) and Sean Grey (141; 7th) did it in 2000 and Mike Faust (285; 5th) and David Hoffman (141; 8th) did it in 2006.
Maryland’s Asper placed sixth at 165 pounds for the second consecutive season at the NCAA Championships. The now two-time All-American entered session five with an opportunity to place third, but lost decisions to Appalachian State’s Kyle Blevins and sixth-seeded Yates.
NC State’s Little finishes his career with a record of 102-58, including a record of 37-13 during his senior season. Little finished his career ranked third in the Wolfpack record books for career victories with 102, behind Sylvester Terkay (122) and Darrion Caldwell (109).
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