Sulzer Becomes Three-Time All-American at NCAA Championships
March 20, 2015
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Virginia’s Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) became the second three-time All-American in program history Friday at the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Sulzer joins Chris Henrich (2009-11) as the only three-time All-Americans in Virginia history.
Heading into the final day of action, Virginia has 24.5 team points and stands in an 18th-place tie with Northwestern in the team standings. The Saturday All-America round begins at 11 a.m. ET and airs on ESPNU, while ESPN3 has coverage of each mat.
The No. 4 seed at 165, Sulzer (30-3) clinched All-America status after coming back through the consolation bracket today. It also marks the third straight season he has reached the podium at 165 pounds; he placed eighth in 2013 and fourth in 2014. It marks Virginia’s 17th All-America honoree in school history.
Sulzer scored four wins Friday. In the evening session, Sulzer secured All-America honors in the Round of 12 when No. 7 seed Pierce Harger of Northwestern was forced to take a medical forfeit. Sulzer then topped the No. 3 seed, Big Ten champion Isaac Jordan, 11-6, while piling up over two minutes of riding time.
Sulzer will face No. 5 seed Bo Jordan of Ohio State Saturday morning in the consolation semifinals. Sulzer has the potential to finish anywhere from third to sixth place.
The No. 12 seed at 133, DiCamillo held a 3-2 second-period lead before No. 9 seed A.J. Schopp of Edinboro put him on his back and secured the fall at the 3:33 mark. After missing a year with major injuries, DiCamillo rebounded impressively to finish with a 28-9 record this season.
Seeded No. 5 at 174, Butler was pinned with 35 seconds left in the third period by seventh-seeded Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech in the blood round. It marked the first time he has been pinned this season. Butler had won the first three matchups between the two this year, including in the ACC semifinals. He finishes his season with a 21-6 record.
Virginia at the 2015 NCAA Championships
Nick Herrmann (125 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – No. 10 seed Ronnie Rios (Oregon State) dec. Herrmann, 6-5
Conso Rd. 1 – Herrmann dec. Trey Andrews (Northern Colorado), 7-5
Conso Rd. 2 -Herrmann wins by injury default over Jesse Delgado (Illinois), 2:59
Conso Rd. 3 – Conor Youtsey (Michigan) dec. Herrmann, 9-7 (SV-2)
No. 12 seed George DiCamillo (133 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – DiCamillo major dec. Kevin Norstrem (Virginia Tech), 8-0
2nd Round – DiCamillo dec. No. 5 seed Zane Richards (Illinois), 6-4 (SV)
Quarters – No. 13 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) major dec. DiCamillo, 14-5
Round of 12 – No. 9 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) pinned DiCamillo, 3:33
Joe Spisak (141 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – No. 3 seed Lavion Mayes (Missouri) major dec. Spisak, 14-4
Conso Pigtail – Spisak major dec. Chuck Zeisloft (Rider), 11-2
Conso Rd. 1 – Jesse Thielke (Wisconsin) dec. Spisak, 8-4
Andrew Atkinson (157 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – No. 12 seed Mitch Minotti (Lehigh) dec. Atkinson, 8-4
Conso Rd. 1 – No. 5 seed Cody Pack (South Dakota State) dec. Atkinson, 3-2
No. 4 seed Nick Sulzer (165 pounds)
1st Round – Sulzer major dec. Clark Glass (Oklahoma), 10-2
2nd Round – No. 13 Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) pinned Sulzer, 2:19
Conso Rd. 2 – Sulzer major dec. Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton), 10-1
Conso Rd. 3 – Sulzer dec. No. 12 Dylan Palacio (Cornell), 7-6
Round of 12 – Sulzer won by medical forfeit over No. 7 Pierce Harger (Northwestern)
Conso Quarters – Sulzer dec. No. 3 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), 11-6
Conso Semis – Sulzer vs. No. 5 Bo Jordan (Ohio State)
No. 5 seed Blaise Butler (174 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – Butler major dec. Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 14-5
2nd Round – No. 12 Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State) dec. Butler, 5-2
Conso Rd. 2 – Butler major dec. Brian Harvey (Army), 13-5
Conso Rd. 3 – Butler dec. Nathan Jackson (Indiana), 5-3
Round of 12 – No. 7 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) pinned Butler, 6:25
Zach Nye (197 pounds) – Eliminated
1st Round – No. 2 seed Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) dec. Nye, 3-0
Conso Rd. 1 – Jake Smith (West Virginia) dec. Nye, 3-3 (TB-2, RT)
2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Schedule of Events – All Times Eastern
Saturday (March 21)
Fifth Session – 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session – 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)