Wrestling Wins ACC Championship

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Virginia Tech won it’s first ACC Championship in wrestling over the weekend, coming from behind to outpace the Virginia Cavaliers.

Here’s how the final standings looked…

Virginia Tech: 95.5 points
Virginia: 90.5 points
Maryland: 48.5 points
UNC: 45 points
NC State: 30 points
Duke: 26 points

Virginia Tech’s Jarrod Garnett (125 pounds) was the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the weekend.  Nine of Tech’s 10 wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships.

125 pounds: Jarrod Garnett, Champion, qualified for NCAA’s
133 pounds: Erik Spjut, Third Place, qualified for NCAA’s
141 pounds: Zach Neibert, Second Place, qualified for NCAA’s
149 pounds: Nick Brascetta, Champion, qualified for NCAA’s
157 pounds: Jesse Dong, Champion, qualified for NCAA’s
165 pounds: Pete Yates, Champion, qualified for NCAA’s
174 pounds: Austin Gabel, Third Place, qualified for NCAA’s
184 pounds: Nick Vetterlein, Fourth Place, qualified for NCAA’s
197 pounds: Derrick Borlie, Fourth Place
285 pounds: David Marone, Champion, qualified for NCAA’s

Marone had an 8-0 major decision win over UVA’s Derek Papagianopoulos to clinch the championship for the Hokies.  The NCAA Championships will take place from March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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  1. This was a true team win, every guy on the squad scored points for VT and at the end of the day each and every point was critical. Pretty wild that the whole shebang came down to the final match of the day,

    One thing that came to mind while I was at Comcast yesterday was that wrestling is the one sport that it bums me out Maryland is leaving. They have a ton of tradition as a program and losing that hurts, even though the addition of Pitt will even it out. (Not to mention Comcast is a nice venue to go see matches.) It sure would have been nice to get to 7 teams in the ACC. Who knows maybe the rumors about Louisville adding wrestling will pan out.

        1. Maybe wrong, but I believe that Papa Johns has donated a ton of money. Louisville also has lot of Deep pocket Boosters.

  2. I don’t know much about wrestling but I assume they all qualify for the team championship.

    1. No, the whole team does not advance to the NCAA’s. Unless they have changed things, the more individual players you advance to the NCAA’s the more potential team points your team can accumulate. So a school with 2 NCAA qualifiers is not going to accumulate many team points unless these individuals actually win their respective weight class championship. Whereas, if your team qualifies 10 individuals then you will likely pick up quite a few team points. Team points are awarded for each round win by an individual and sometimes they give extra points for falls or major decisions. Later rounds are usually worth more team points.

      This is unlike a conference championship tourney where all of you team’s individuals start the tournament (all schools enter a wrestler at each weight class), but the accumulation of team points is still the same.

      VT having qualified 10 individuals is likely to do well as a team in the NCAA’s, particularly if a couple of these individuals advance to the semis- or final rounds.

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