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
(1) Matt Snyder - bye
Snyder defeats (4) Coltin Fought (NCSU) by pin
Snyder defeats (2) Shane Gentry (MD) 3-1
Snyder advances to NCAA Championships
(2) Matt Nelson - bye
Nelson (3) lost to Geoffrey Alexander (MD) 5-1
Nelson defeats (4) Brock Livorio (UNC) 5-0
M. Nelson defeats (5) Brandon Gambucci (Duke) 10-8
Nelson advances to NCAA Championships
(1) Nick Nelson - bye
Nelson defeats (5) Tanner Hough (Duke) 10-4
N. Nelson defeats (2) Darrius Little (NCSU) 3-2 (TB2)
Nelson advances to NCAA Championships
(1) Gus Sako - bye
Gus Sako loses vs. (4) Matt Nereim (NCSU) by pin
Sako defeats (6) Nick Heilmann (UNC) 10-5
Sako defeats (2) Ben Dorsay (MD) MD 10-1
(2) Jedd Moore - bye
Jedd Moore loses vs. (3) Kyle John (MD) 9-2
Moore loses vs. (5) Colton Palmer (NCSU) by pin
(3) Nic Sulzer defeats (6) Ryan Harding (Duke) MD 16-5
Sulzer loses vs. (2) Peter Yates (VT) 8-5
Sulzer defeats (5) Nigel Jones (NCSU) MD 16-5
Sulzer defeats (4) Kyle Kiss (UNC) 4-0
Sulzer advances to NCAA Championships
(4) Vinny Waldhauser defeats (5) Alex Utley (UNC) 7-1
Waldhauser loses vs. (4) Jimmy Sheptock (MD) 8-2
Waldhauser defeats (6) Randy Rohen (Duke) 9-1
Waldhauser loses vs. (2) Quinton Godley (NCSU) 9-3
(1) Jon Fausey - bye
Fausey defeats (5) Robert O'Neill (NSCU) TF 18-2
Fausey defeats (2) Thomas Ferguson (UNC) 4-1
Fausey advances to NCAA Championships
(4) Ryan Malo defeats (5) KaRonne Jones (NC State) 8-3
Malo loses vs. (1) Christian Boley (MD) 5-3
Malo defeats (6) Brian Self (Duke) 5-1
Malo defeats (5) KaRonne Jones (NCSU) 9-3
(3) Ethan Hayes defeats (6) Josh Davis (NC State) MD 9-0
Hayes loses vs. (2) Chris Penny (VT) 3-1
Hayes defeats (4) Robbie Mello (Duke) 5-3
Hayes defeats (5) Nick Tenpenny (UNC) 6-3
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