Virginia Wrestles in ACC Championships Sunday in Pittsburgh
March 7, 2015
|No. 18 Virginia at ACC Wrestling Championships|
|Date/Time||Sun., March 8, 2015 | 11 a.m.|
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pa. | Petersen Events Center|
|ESPN3||Mat 1 | Mat 2 | Finals|
|Multimedia||ACC Championships Home Page | Live Results | PDF Brackets|
|Additional Information||UVa Tournament Notes | Garland Preview Video | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team begins postseason competition on Sunday (March 8) when it competes in the ACC Championships, hosted by Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center. Virginia is aiming for its fifth ACC team championship in program history and its first since 2010.
ESPN3 will broadcast each round of the tournament online, with dual-mat coverage beginning at 11 a.m. The live broadcast also can be accessed through the WatchESPN app. A link to live brackets also will be available at VirginiaSports.com, while live updates will be provided on the Virginia Wrestling Twitter account, @UVaWrestling.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth (12 and under) and senior citizens. Students with valid university IDs are admitted free of charge. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased online, calling 800-643-PITT (7488), or by visiting the Panthers Ticket Office located in the lobby of the Petersen Events Center. Tickets also will be available at the door.
10 a.m. – Doors Open
11 a.m. – First Round Matches
1 p.m. – Semifinals
3:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals
5:03 p.m. – Consolation Finals
7:03 p.m. – Finals
Virginia Probable Lineup/Seeds
125 – No. 3 Nick Herrmann (13-6 overall/3-1 ACC)
133 – No. 1 George DiCamillo (24-7/5-0)
141 – No. 4 Joe Spisak (14-6/0-1)
149 – No. 5 TJ Miller (6-6/1-2)
157 – No. 3 Andrew Atkinson (15-12/3-2)
165 – No. 2 Nick Sulzer (24-2/4-1)
174 – No. 2 Blaise Butler (17-3/4-1)
184 – No. 4 Tyler Askey (14-14/1-2)
197 – No. 2 Zach Nye (16-6/-41)
285 – No. 4 Patrick Gillen (13-10/1-4)
NCAA Bids at Stake
The championships serve as the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships, which are slated for March 19-21 in St. Louis. The ACC has been allotted 29 automatic qualifiers; the breakdown by weight class: 125: 3, 133: 3, 141: 4, 149: 3, 157: 2, 165: 3, 174: 5, 184: 2, 197: 2, 285: 2. To earn the automatic qualifier, each wrestler must finish a certain place or higher at the conference championships to automatically qualify (e.g., place in top three at 125 pounds).
Twice as Nice
Three Cavaliers are vying for their second ACC championships on Sunday. Nick Sulzer aims to repeat as the 165 champion, while reigning 157 champ Blaise Butler looks to take the 174 crown. After redshirting last season, 2013 133 champion George DiCamillo is shooting to earn his second title.
Twenty Virginia wrestlers have earned at least two ACC championships, including 14 who have gone back-to-back. Chris Henrich (2009-10, 174 pounds) was the last Cavalier to repeat as ACC champion.
Recapping the Dual Schedule
Virginia finished its dual-meet schedule with a 10-7 mark, including a 2-3 record in the ACC. As part of the toughest schedule in program history, Virginia faced nine ranked teams, going 4-5 against those squads, including wins over top-10 foes Edinboro and Pitt. UVa finished the dual season with a No. 18 national ranking. Sulzer led the team with a 15-1 dual mark, while DiCamillo was 14-2 and Butler 13-2.