Brackets Announced for 2012 ACC Championship
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team has four No. 1 seeds for the upcoming ACC Wrestling Championship, which is slated for Saturday (March 3) at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The full brackets were announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Virginia’s No. 1 seeds are: Matt Snyder (R-Jr., Lewistown, Pa.) at 125 pounds, Nick Nelson (R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 141, Gus Sako (So., Cleveland, Ohio) at 149 and Jon Fausey (R-So., Dalmatia, Pa.) at 184. UVa and Maryland each have four top seeds.
In addition to a team championship, ACC wrestlers will be competing to fill the conference’s 24 automatic individual weight-class spots in the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The ACC’s automatic bids are as follows (by weight class): 125 – 3; 133 – 3; 141 – 4; 149 – 2; 157 – 3; 165 – 3; 174 – 2; 184 – 2; 197 – 1; 285 – 1.
The ACC is also hopeful of earning several spots among the 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7.
The Cavaliers are aiming for their fifth ACC championship in program history. UVa captured ACC titles in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 2010. Six ACC schools currently compete in wrestling: Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Virginia finished its regular season with an 11-1 dual record. The Cavaliers’ .917 winning percentage went down as the best mark in program history. UVa’s previous top winning percentage was .846 in 1974 when the Cavaliers went 11-2.
Virginia finished in a three-way tie with Maryland and Virginia Tech atop the final ACC regular-season standings, with each team posting a 4-1 dual match record in conference action. Maryland is ranked No. 17 in the latest NCWA poll, while UVa is 20th and Virginia Tech is tied for 22nd.
The doors to Carmichael Arena will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with first-round action set to begin at 11 a.m. The semifinals are set for 1 p.m., followed by the semifinal consolation matches at 3:30. The consolation finals are set for 5 p.m., followed by the championship matches at 7 p.m.
All seating for the ACC Championship is general admission. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.