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NC State’s Nick Gwiazdowski, Virginia’s Nick Sulzer and Pitt’s Max Thomusseit Share Initial 2014-15 Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C.—A trio of Atlantic Coast Conference wrestlers who are unbeaten and have earned high national rankings have been named the initial ACC Wrestlers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
NC State junior heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (Delanson, N.Y.), Pitt senior 184-pounder Max Thomusseit (St. Paris, Ohio) and Virginia senior 165-pounder Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio) were named ACC tri-wrestlers of the week Tuesday for their performances through the first five weeks of the 2014-15 season.
Gwiazdowski, the defending national heavyweight champion, has posted a 15-0 record to date, including a 5-0 mark in dual meet competition. He captured individual honors at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational and also the Wolfpack Open. In Las Vegas, Gwiazdowski defeated 15th-ranked Blaize Cabelll of Northern Iowa and ninth-ranked Ty Waltz of Virginia Tech. He is ranked second nationally in the latest Intermat Wrestling Rankings.
Thomusseit, ranked No. 1 nationally at 184 pounds by Intermat, is 9-0 on the year, having defeated 10th-ranked Vic Avery of Edinboro, 5-3; sixth-ranked Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh, 6-4; and third-ranked Lorenzo Thomas of Penn, 5-3. Thomusseit took home individual honors in the Keystone Classic and helped lead the Panthers to a dual meet win over former ACC foe Maryland.
Sulzer, ranked No. 2 nationally at 165 pounds by Intermat, has gotten off to a 10-0 start, including wins over 12th-ranked Cooper Moore of Northern Iowa and ninth-ranked Taylor Walsh of Indiana. He captured the 165-pound crown at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, defeating Walsh in the title bout. Of his 10 victories this year, seven have been by major decision, technical fall or fall.
The 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships will be held Sunday, March 8 at the Petersen Events Center on camps at Pitt in Pittsburgh, Pa. All tickets are general admission and are priced $10 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, with all ACC students admitted free with a valid institutional ID.