WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | Sports

Three UVa Wrestlers Earn ACC Gold as Cavs Finish Second

March 3, 2012

Three Virginia wrestlers earned gold medals Saturday at the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Matt Snyder, Nick Nelson, and Jon Fausey won individual titles helping the team to a second place finish behind Maryland.

Five Cavaliers qualified for the NCAA Championships, including the three champions. Matt Nelson (133) and Nick Sulzer (165) qualified after consolation wins and third place finishes. Others will await their fate next week when at-large bids are announced. UVa had three champions and five third place finishers.

Maryland finished with 83 points to win a second consecutive title and fourth in the past five seasons. UVa finished second with 73.5 points and Virginia Tech was third at 70.5.

At 125 pounds, Snyder (22-3) won his first career ACC title after losing in the finals the last two seasons. The used a second period takedown to edge Maryland's Shane Gentry 3-1. Snyder reached the round of 12 at nationals last season.

In the 141 pound final, Nick Nelson (25-2) survived two tiebreakers to defeat NC State's Darrius Little 3-2. Tied 1-1 after regulation, both wrestlers earned escapes during the first tiebreaker period. Nelson broke away from Little late in the 30-second period to take the lead. He is UVa's first champion at 141 pounds since 2004. The senior make his third appearance at NCAAs later this month.

The top seed at 184, Fausey (21-3) defeated North Carolina's Thomas Ferguson a 4-1 to return to NCAAs and claim his first individual crown. Fausey took third in last year's ACC Championships.

Matt Nelson won a pair of consolation matches to finish third at 133 pounds. He lost to Maryland's Geoffrey Alexander 5-1 in the semifinals and will make his first NCAA appearance later this month alongside his twin brother Nick. Matt missed his first three seasons after an injury sustained in high school.

Nick Sulzer, UVa's 165 pounder, was the fifth Cavalier to earn an automatic bid to nationals after a 4-0 win in the consolation finals.

Gus Sako (149), Ryan Malo (197) and Ethan Hayes (285) also won in the consolation finals Saturday but do not automatically advance to the NCAAs since their respective weight classes were allocated fewer berths to the national meet.

ACC Championship Team Results
1. Maryland 83
2. Virginia 73.5
3. Virginia Tech 70.5
4. NC State 47.5
5. North Carolina 38
6. Duke 17.5

Virginia Results by Weight Class

125 Pounds
Opening Round
(1) Matt Snyder - bye
Semifinal Round
Snyder defeats (4) Coltin Fought (NCSU) by pin
Finals
Snyder defeats (2) Shane Gentry (MD) 3-1
Snyder advances to NCAA Championships

133 Pounds
Opening Round
(2) Matt Nelson - bye
Semifinal Round
Nelson (3) lost to Geoffrey Alexander (MD) 5-1
Consolation Semifinals
Nelson defeats (4) Brock Livorio (UNC) 5-0
Consolation Finals
M. Nelson defeats (5) Brandon Gambucci (Duke) 10-8
Nelson advances to NCAA Championships

141 Pounds
Opening Round
(1) Nick Nelson - bye
Semifinal Round
Nelson defeats (5) Tanner Hough (Duke) 10-4
Finals
N. Nelson defeats (2) Darrius Little (NCSU) 3-2 (TB2)
Nelson advances to NCAA Championships

149 Pounds
Opening Round
(1) Gus Sako - bye
Semifinal Round
Gus Sako loses vs. (4) Matt Nereim (NCSU) by pin
Consolation Semifinals
Sako defeats (6) Nick Heilmann (UNC) 10-5
Consolation Finals
Sako defeats (2) Ben Dorsay (MD) MD 10-1

157 Pounds
Opening Round
(2) Jedd Moore - bye
Semifinal Round
Jedd Moore loses vs. (3) Kyle John (MD) 9-2
Consolation Semifinals
Moore loses vs. (5) Colton Palmer (NCSU) by pin

165 Pounds
Opening Round
(3) Nic Sulzer defeats (6) Ryan Harding (Duke) MD 16-5
Semifinal Round
Sulzer loses vs. (2) Peter Yates (VT) 8-5
Consolation Semifinals
Sulzer defeats (5) Nigel Jones (NCSU) MD 16-5
Consolation Finals
Sulzer defeats (4) Kyle Kiss (UNC) 4-0
Sulzer advances to NCAA Championships

174 Pounds
Opening Round
(4) Vinny Waldhauser defeats (5) Alex Utley (UNC) 7-1
Semifinal Round
Waldhauser loses vs. (4) Jimmy Sheptock (MD) 8-2
Consolation Semifinals
Waldhauser defeats (6) Randy Rohen (Duke) 9-1
Consolation Finals
Waldhauser loses vs. (2) Quinton Godley (NCSU) 9-3

184 Pounds
Opening Round
(1) Jon Fausey - bye
Semifinal Round
Fausey defeats (5) Robert O'Neill (NSCU) TF 18-2
Finals
Fausey defeats (2) Thomas Ferguson (UNC) 4-1
Fausey advances to NCAA Championships

197 Pounds
Opening Round
(4) Ryan Malo defeats (5) KaRonne Jones (NC State) 8-3
Semifinal Round
Malo loses vs. (1) Christian Boley (MD) 5-3
Consolation Semifinals
Malo defeats (6) Brian Self (Duke) 5-1
Consolation Finals
Malo defeats (5) KaRonne Jones (NCSU) 9-3

285 Pounds
Opening Round
(3) Ethan Hayes defeats (6) Josh Davis (NC State) MD 9-0
Semifinal Round
Hayes loses vs. (2) Chris Penny (VT) 3-1
Consolation Semifinals
Hayes defeats (4) Robbie Mello (Duke) 5-3
Consolation Finals
Hayes defeats (5) Nick Tenpenny (UNC) 6-3


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 141328293