Brackets Announced for NCAA Championships
March 11, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The brackets and seeds for the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships were announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Virginia will be represented by seven wrestlers, all of whom earned automatic berths into the championships by virtue of their finishes at the ACC Championships last week.
The championships will be contested March 19-21 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Three Cavaliers earned top-12 seeds in their respective weight classes. Aiming for his third straight All-America honor, Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) claimed the No. 4 seed at 165 pounds. Blaise Butler (R-Jr., Belvidere, Ill.) picked up the No. 5 seed at 174, while George DiCamillo (R-So., Highland Heights, Ohio) earned the No. 12 seed at 133 pounds.
Nick Herrmann (Jr., Amarillo, Texas), Joe Spisak (R-Sr., Boiling Springs, Pa.), Andrew Atkinson (R-Fr., Lynchburg, Va.) and Zach Nye (R-Jr., Enola, Pa.) each earned automatic berths at 125, 141, 157 and 197 pounds, respectively.
Spisak and Sulzer each are making their fourth NCAA appearances, becoming the seventh and eighth UVa wrestlers to compete in four NCAA Championships. Butler, DiCamillo, Herrmann and Nye are appearing in their second NCAA Championships, while Atkinson is making his first trip to the championships. Virginia has had at least six wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships in each of the last seven years.
Virginia’s First-Round Matches
125: Nick Herrmann vs. No. 10 seed Ronnie Rios (Oregon State)
133: No. 12 seed George DiCamillo vs. Kevin Norstrem (Virginia Tech)
141: Joe Spisak vs. No. 3 seed Lavion Mayes (Missouri)
157: Andrew Atkinson vs. Pigtail match (Lou Mascola [Maryland] vs. Immanuel Kerr-Brown [Duke])
165: No. 4 seed Nick Sulzer vs. Clark Glass (Oklahoma)
174: No. 5 seed Blaise Butler vs. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan)
197: Zach Nye vs. No. 2 seed Morgan McIntosh (Penn State)