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March 21, 2015

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Virginia’s Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) finished his career Saturday with a fifth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Sulzer defeated North Carolina’s Ethan Ramos by a 12-4 major decision to clinch fifth place.

Virginia finished with 26.5 team points and maintains 18th place in the team standings heading into the championship finals this evening. If that holds this evening, it will mark Virginia’s best finish at the championships since the 2010 season.

The No. 4 seed at 165 pounds, Sulzer (32-4) clinched All-America status after coming back through the consolation bracket Friday and Saturday. It marks the third straight season he has reached the podium at 165 pounds; he placed eighth in 2013 and fourth in 2014. Sulzer joins Chris Henrich (2009-11) as the only three-time All-Americans in Virginia history.

Sulzer went 6-2 in the tournament, rebounding for five wins after an upset loss in the second round on Thursday. He dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 5 seed Bo Jordan of Ohio State Saturday morning in the consolation semifinals before rebounding in dominating fashion in a 12-4 major decision over Ramos, the No. 15 seed, in the fifth-place match. It marked a fitting end to Sulzer’s career – of his 122 career wins, 56 came via major decisions (46 percent).

Sulzer finishes his career with the second-most wins in program history (122), behind only Henrich (136). He also leaves UVa with the most NCAA tournament wins (15) and the most NCAA tournament bouts (24) in program history.

Virginia at the 2015 NCAA Championships
Nick Herrmann (125 pounds)
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)
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)
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)
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) – ALL-AMERICAN/5th Place
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 – No. 5 Bo Jordan (Ohio State) dec. Sulzer, 6-2
5th Place – Sulzer major dec. No. 15 Ethan Ramos (North Carolina), 12-4

No. 5 seed Blaise Butler (174 pounds)
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)
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)

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