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March 24, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (theACC.com) – Eight Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes earned All-America honors as the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Virginia Tech led the way with a school-record four wrestlers posting top-eight finishes in their respective weight classes to achieve All-America status. Senior Pete Yates placed fourth at 165 pounds to earn All-America honors for the second straight year, while senior Jarrod Garnett placed sixth at 125, junior Zach Neibert eighth at 141 and Nick Brascetta eighth at 149.
Virginia saw two wrestlers bag 2013 All-America honors as senior Jedd Moore took sixth place at 157 pounds, while sophomore Nick Sulzer claimed eighth place at 165 pounds.
Maryland junior Jimmy Sheptock placed sixth at 184 pounds, and North Carolina sophomore Evan Henderson joined him as an All-American with a sixth-place finish at 141.
The ACC has seen 28 wrestlers earn All-America status over the past five seasons. A league record 34 wrestlers from the conference qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, marking the fourth straight year the conference has seen at least 25 student-athletes qualify for the NCAAs.
Penn State won its third straight NCAA team title, totaling 123.5 points. Virginia Tech made school history with its first ever top-10 finish, placing 10th with 43.5 points, while Virginia was 21st with 23.5 points and North Carolina 22nd with 21.5. Maryland tied for 27th with 16.5 points, while Duke and NC State tallied a half-point each and tied for 63rd.
Virginia Tech’s 43.5 NCAA points are a new program high, surpassing the 39.0 points scored last year as Tech tied for 11th. The Hokies became the 13th ACC team to post a top-10 finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships and the first since Maryland in 2009.
Yates finishes his storied Virginia Tech career with 131 wins, the second most in school history (two behind Sean Gray) with two All-America medals and two ACC titles. Garnett finishes his career with 126 wins, tied for the fourth-most in school history with an All-America medal and three ACC titles. The four All-Americans for the Hokies mark a new school record, eclipsing the previous best of two, which happened three previous times.
Moore and Sulzer became the 14th and 15th All-Americans in Virginia wrestling history. It marks the fifth time in program history that multiple UVa wrestlers have earned All-America honors in the same year. Both will step onto the podium this evening during the championship session.
Moore finished his Virginia career with 90 wins, becoming the 15th wrestler in school history to reach the 90-win plateau.
Sheptock is Maryland’s 19th different All-American all-time. The Terps have had at least one All-American every year since 2008.
The sixth place finish makes Henderson the first UNC wrestler to earn All-America status since Evan Sola earned fifth place at the 2005 NCAA Championships. The 22nd-place finish is the best team finish for a Tar Heel group since the 1996 squad finished in 21st place.