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Hokie Redshirt Freshman Downs Second-Ranked Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) — Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Solomon Chishko was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wrestler of the Week this week after defeating Penn State’s Jimmy Gulibon, the nation’s No. 2 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds, in the Hokies’ dual match with the Nittany Lions last Sunday.
Chishko’s honor is the second straight for the sixth-ranked Hokies, who also saw heavyweight Ty Walz win the initial ACC Wrestler of the Week Award of the 2015-16 season on Nov. 10.
Stepping into the vacancy created by the graduation of three-time All-American Devin Carter, Chishko recorded one of the biggest upsets nationally of the young season with his 3-1 decision over Gulibon of Penn State. A native of Jeannette, Pa., Chishko is 2-0 on the year, having also defeated John Meeks, 3-1, of 13th-ranked Iowa State in the Hokies 32-3 win over the Cyclones.
Chishko was chosen over a pool of nominees that included Sean Fausz of NC State and Zach Nye of Virginia.
Fausz, a redshirt freshman wrestling at 125 pounds, defeated three opponents, including 19th-ranked Skylar Petry of Minnesota, 8-6, as the Wolfpack downed the 16th-ranked Gophers, 31-3. Fausz, from Alexandria, Ky., also recorded a fall against Sean Banda of Army and a major decision over Patrick Skinner of Sacred Heart.
Nye, a redshirt senior from Enola, Pa., wrestling at 197 pounds, won a pair of bouts defeating Matthew O’Hara of Ohio State, 11-5, and Austin Coburn of Old Dominion, 5-2. Nye’s win over Coburn helped seal a 21-16 win over the 15th-ranked Monarchs. He was one of two UVA wrestlers to win matches against the 5th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes with his win over O’Hara.
The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship will be hosted by the University of Virginia on Sunday, March 6. The one-day tournament, which will take place at the John Paul Jones Arena Center in Charlottesville, Va., will begin at 11 a.m.
2015-16 ACC Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 10—Ty Walz, Virginia Tech (285)
Nov. 17—Solomon Chishko, Virginia Tech (141)