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Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter tears hamstring, out for season

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Devin Carter, 141-pound starter for Virginia Tech, is out for the rest of the 2013-14 season, the school in Blacksburg, Va. announced Thursday.

According to Virginia Tech team surgeon Tony McPherron, an MRI revealed Carter has a torn hamstring. The injury occurred during his semifinals match at the 2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend. He forfeited out of the tournament after the injury. Despite the forfeits, Carter managed to place sixth in the 141 bracket.

“Devin will have surgery next week to repair a torn hamstring,” said Kevin Dresser, head wrestling coach. “Devin is a leader and a role model for Virginia Tech wrestling. His presence will be greatly missed. I do feel confident in saying that he will work through this setback and be better than ever next season. We will monitor his recovery as we get this team ready for 2014 and eventually the postseason.”

Coming off a redshirt season in 2012-13, Carter had been ranked No. 3 in a number of national amateur wrestling surveys this year. Carter had built an impressive 12-0 record in the early season, contributing bonus points to the Hokies in most of his matches. Eight of his dozen wins came by pin, with one by a technical fall and one by major decision. The redshirt junior was selected to participate at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic in early November, where he suffered an overtime loss to Iowa’s Tony Ramos, 5-3 SV.

Carter earned All-American honors at the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, placing fifth at 133. The Christianburg, Va. native won back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference titles at 133 in 2011 and 2012.

In addition to his on-the-mat accomplishments, Carter has earned honors in the classroom. The psychology major was selected for the All-ACC Academic Team and the NWCA All-Academic Team in 2011-12, and, prior to that, was named to the 2010-11 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

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