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2014 ACC team title stays at Virginia Tech, with four individual champs

Virginia Tech wrestlers win the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) crown
Virginia Tech wrestlers win the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) crown
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Virginia Tech successfully defended its Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) crown in its home gym in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday night on the strength of four individual champs.

The Hokies garnered 87 team points, thanks in part to 2014 ACC titlewinners Dennis Gustafson at 133 pounds, 141-pounder Devin Carter (who had just been OK’d to return to action after what had been thought to be a season-ending hamstring injury in Dec.), Zach Neibert at 149, and, at 197, Chris Penny.

In second place was ACC newcomer University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers, who were 2013 EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) champs, earned 67 points; Tyler Wilps won the 174-pound conference title.

University of Virginia placed third with 61.5 points. The Cavaliers had two individual champs in Blaise Butler and Nick Sulzer at 157 and 165, respectively.

University of North Carolina came in fourth with 38 points, with its 125-pounder, Nathan Kraisser, leaving Blacksburg with an ACC title. Just a half-point behind UNC was Maryland, with 37.5 points. Jimmy Sheptock successfully defended his title at 174.

North Carolina State’s big man, Nick Gwiazdowski, was crowned 2014 ACC heavyweight champ.

With 34 automatic qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the ACC will be well-represented in Oklahoma City March 20-21.

Match Results -- Championship Finals

  • 125: Nathan Kraisser (UNC) dec. Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 5-3, SV1
  • 133: Dennis Gustafson (Va. Tech). maj. dec. Tyler Goodwin (Maryland), 11-0
  • 141: Devin Carter (Va. Tech) dec. Edgar Bright (Pitt), 6-1
  • 149: Zach Neibert (Va. Tech) dec. Mike Racciato (Pitt), 3-1, SV1
  • 157: Blaise Butler (Va. Tech) dec. Thomas Gantt (NC State), 3-2
  • 165: Nick Sulzer (Va.) dec. John Staudenmayer (UNC), 7-1
  • 174: Tyler Wilps (Pitt) dec. Stephen Doty (Va.), 7-2
  • 184: Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) dec. Max Thomusseit (Pitt), 3-1
  • 197: Chris Penny (Va. Tech) dec. Zach Nye (Va.), 10-7
  • Hwt: Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) dec. Spencer Myers (Maryland), 10-4

Final Team Standings

  1. Virginia Tech, 87 team points
  2. Pittsburgh, 67
  3. Virginia, 61.5
  4. North Carolina, 38
  5. Maryland, 37.5
  6. North Carolina State, 33.5
  7. Duke, 18

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