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Nov. 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech sophomore Brian Stephens has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after an unbeaten showing in the ACC Challenge that included wins over two higher nationally-ranked opponents.
Stephens went 3-0 in the Sunday’s event, which was hosted by North Carolina. The Piqua, Ohio, native first upset No. 16 Cole Schmitt from Wisconsin 7-5, and then upset No. 17 Ivan Lopouchanski of UNC Greensboro, also by a 7-5 score. Stephens finished the day with a 10-4 win over Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou to improve to 10-2 on the season.
Stephens’ efforts helped the 15th-ranked Hokies to a 2-1 team record in the Challenge. Virginia Tech suffered a 24-19 loss to fourth-ranked Wisconsin, but bounced back to defeat UNCG, 17-15, and Chattanooga, 25-12.