Virginia’s Butler Named ACC Wrestler of the Week


Cavalier Wrestler Leads Virginia to ACC Win Over Duke

ACC Players of the Week Presented by Havoline

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Virginia junior Blaise Butler (Belvidere, Ill.) is the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after leading Virginia to a 30-9 ACC dual match win over Duke last Friday.

Butler pinned Duke’s Trey Adamson at the 2:00 mark of their 174-pound match, to give the Cavaliers six team points. With the win, Butler, who is ranked 5th nationally by InterMat at 174, improved to 14-1 on the season. The pin was his fourth fall of the year.

Virginia, ranked 14th nationally this week, improved to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.

Butler earned selection over Pitt senior Tyler Wilps (Oakdale, Pa.), who recorded a major decision (17-8) over 18th-ranked Jordan Rogers of Oklahoma State in the Panthers’ 25-13 loss to the Cowboys in Stillwater, Ola.  Wilps, ranked 8th nationally at 174 pounds, improved his overall record to 8-2, including a 4-0 mark in dual matches.

Tickets for the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championship, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 8, are on sale effective immediately.

The one-day tournament, which will take place at the Petersen Events Center, is the first ACC championship event put on by the Panthers in school history.

Admission to the Petersen Events Center is $10 for adults and $5 for both youth 12-and-under and senior citizens. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased online, calling 800-643-PITT (7488), or visiting the Panthers Ticket Office located in the lobby of the Petersen Events Center. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. 

The ACC Wrestling Championship begin at 10 a.m. and the gates will open at 9 a.m.

2014-15 ACC Wrestlers of the Week
Dec. 16—Nick Gwiazdowski, NC State (Hwt.); Nick Sulzer, Virginia (165); and Max Thomusseit, Pitt (184)
Dec. 23—Zach Epperly, Virginia Tech (174)
Jan. 6—Joey Dance, Virginia Tech (125)
Jan. 13—Dom Forys, Pitt (125)
Jan. 20—Blaise Butler, Virginia (174)