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    ACC Wrestling Championships
    Nicholas Clarke ACC
    03/05/2008

    ACC Wrestling Set For 2008 Conference Championship
    League’s 54th annual wrestling championship scheduled for this weekend


    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fresh off one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s six competing institutions travel this week to College Park, Md., for the league’s 54th Annual Wrestling Championship, set to be held Saturday, March 8, in the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.

    The Terrapins, who lead all league schools with 20 all-time titles, enter this year’s championship meet looking to claim their first ACC crown since 1973. Maryland, which completed its second-straight undefeated ACC season with a 16-15 win at Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 24, is led by two of the league’s top-ranked wrestlers in 197-pounder Hudson Taylor and 184-pounder Mike Letts.

    Taylor, ranked fifth nationally in the latest polls, has posted 16 pins this season, along with six major decisions. The Pennington, N.J., sophomore is perfect in ACC competition, including an impressive 10-2 win over Virginia’s Brent Jones, who was ranked No. 20 at the time, in the Terps’ last dual meet. The runner-up in the 197-lb. division at the 2007 ACC championships, Taylor carries a 21-match winning streak into this weekend’s meet.

    Letts, a junior from Walnut Port, Pa., is 19-4 overall this season with a 5-0 record in ACC competition. Thanks to three wins against ranked opponents this year, and a team-leading eight wins by way of major decision, he has remained ranked among the nation’s top 10 all year, and enters the weekend rated No. 9 in the 174-lb. division.

    Virginia, which won its last ACC championship in 1977, posted a league-high 18 regular-season wins this year, including three against ACC teams. The Cavaliers are led by junior Rocco Caponi, sophomore Brent Jones and freshman Chris Henrich. Caponi, a two-time ACC Wrestler of the Week honoree this season, holds a 34-2 record in the 184-lb. division this year and is currently ranked No. 11 nationally. Jones, rated No. 20 in the 197-lb. division, and Henrich, the nation’s 19th-ranked 174-pounder, have combined for 52 wins during the 2007-08 season.

    Others to look out for at this year’s ACC Championships include North Carolina’s Keegan Mueller and Justin Dobies, and NC State’s Taylor Cummings, Darrion Caldwell and Joe Caramanica.

    Mueller, a junior native of Dallas, Texas, has won 20-straight bouts in the 165-lb. division to move into the nation’s top 10 for the first time in his career. Now 26-3 this season, he is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation. Dobies, a freshman heavyweight, is 15-1 in dual meets and ranks 20th nationally.

    The Wolfpack’s Cummings, Caldwell and Caramanica are the defending ACC champions in the 125-, 141-, and 149-lb. weight classes, respectively. Cummings is 20-11 this season, while Caldwell, the league’s 2007 Wrestler of the Year, is 27-3 overall and ranked eighth nationally in the 149-lb. division. Caramanica, ranked No. 9 in the nation among 141-pounders, is 27-4.

    Doors will open for Saturday’s events at 11:00 a.m. First-round matches will start at noon, with semifinals set to begin at 2:00 p.m. and the championship finals at 8:00 p.m. For ticket information, call the University of Maryland ticket office in the Comcast Center (800-462-8377).

    First Round Matches

    125-Drew Forshey (UNC) #1 vs Taylor Cummings (NCS)
    125-Ross Gitomer (UVA) #3 vs Justin Staylor (VT)
    133-Danny Lopes (UNC) vs Darrius Little (NCS)
    133-Chris Thumen (Duke) vs Steve Bell (MD) #2
    141-Bryan Gibson (Duke) vs Nick Nelson (UVA)
    141-Chris Diaz (VT) #3 vs Jon Kohler (MD)
    149-Darrion Caldwell (NCS) #1 vs Nick Murray (VT)
    149-Vincent Ramirez (UNC) #3 vs Mike Degli-Obizzi (Duke)
    157-Thomas Scotton (UNC) #1 vs Matt Rosen (VT)
    157-Voris Tejada (Duke) #3 vs Colton Palmer (NCS)
    165-Keegan Mueller (UNC) #1 vs Jalil Dozier (NCS)
    165-Matt Epperly (VT) vs Michael Chaires (UVA) #2
    174-Randy Goodman (NCS) vs Kyle Kiss (UNC) #4
    174-Ben Wales (Duke) vs Chris Henrich (UVA) #2
    184-John Barone (Duke) vs Tommy Spellman (VT) #4
    184-Josh Haines (MD) #3 vs Nick Tenpenny (UNC)
    197-Hudson Taylor (MD) #1 vs Dan Tulley (Duke)
    197-Brent Jones (UVA) #3 vs Mark Jahad (NCS)
    285-Justin Dobies (UNC) #1 vs Jack Danilkowicz (UVA)
    285-Mike Tunick (Duke) vs David Marone (VT) #2
    Last edited by Schlottke; 03-08-2008 at 11:52 AM.

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    From my slightly biased perspective I hope we can avoid the Terrapin Trance and win our first ACC title since 1973. We have a good chance. I also hope we can qualify as many as five to the NCAAs, and leave St. Louis with at least a couple of AAs.

    Tough to really predict since seeding will make a huge difference at some of the weights. On the high side I'd say we have a shot at 7 finalists.

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    2 true freshman @ NCST have seemed to peak at the right 133 D Little and 157 C Palmer. These guys could hurt a couple of top seeds in the ACC, I'm looking forward to Saturday.

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    I agree that 157 is wide open.

    The floor of Comcast Center looks good to finally have two large wrestling mats on it. Looks like it should be a good setup for those watching the tournament. Hopefully we get a couple thousand at the finals since people will hopefully come over after the Maryland State finas.

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    Seeds

    125
    Forshey
    Byrne
    Gitomer
    McKeon

    133
    Albright
    Bell
    Jones
    Little
    Lopes
    Thurman

    141
    Caramanica
    Stabile
    Diaz
    Nelson
    Kohler
    Gibson

    149
    Caldwell
    Medina
    Ramirez
    Harris

    157
    Scotton
    Letters
    Tejada
    Dipasquale
    Palmer

    165
    Mueller
    Chaires
    Nuding
    McGill
    Epperly

    174
    Letts
    Henrich
    Decker
    Kiss

    184
    Caponi
    Goodman
    Haines
    Spellman
    Barone

    197
    Taylor
    Drury
    Jones
    Bruce
    Jahad

    Hwt
    Dobies
    Marone
    Isola
    Gilmore
    Tunick

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    First Round Matchups (added up top as well)

    125-Drew Forshey (UNC) #1 vs Taylor Cummings (NCS)
    125-Ross Gitomer (UVA) #3 vs Justin Staylor (VT)
    133-Danny Lopes (UNC) vs Darrius Little (NCS)
    133-Chris Thumen (Duke) vs Steve Bell (MD) #2
    141-Bryan Gibson (Duke) vs Nick Nelson (UVA)
    141-Chris Diaz (VT) #3 vs Jon Kohler (MD)
    149-Darrion Caldwell (NCS) #1 vs Nick Murray (VT)
    149-Vincent Ramirez (UNC) #3 vs Mike Degli-Obizzi (Duke)
    157-Thomas Scotton (UNC) #1 vs Matt Rosen (VT)
    157-Voris Tejada (Duke) #3 vs Colton Palmer (NCS)
    165-Keegan Mueller (UNC) #1 vs Jalil Dozier (NCS)
    165-Matt Epperly (VT) vs Michael Chaires (UVA) #2
    174-Randy Goodman (NCS) vs Kyle Kiss (UNC) #4
    174-Ben Wales (Duke) vs Chris Henrich (UVA) #2
    184-John Barone (Duke) vs Tommy Spellman (VT) #4
    184-Josh Haines (MD) #3 vs Nick Tenpenny (UNC)
    197-Hudson Taylor (MD) #1 vs Dan Tulley (Duke)
    197-Brent Jones (UVA) #3 vs Mark Jahad (NCS)
    285-Justin Dobies (UNC) #1 vs Jack Danilkowicz (UVA)
    285-Mike Tunick (Duke) vs David Marone (VT) #2

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    Webcast is at http://acc.playonsports.tv/

    You do have to pay, and I would guess that anyone who cares enough about the ACC is there watching in person. But since the Big Tens are not available on video webcast, if anyone is at home listening to B10 audio and wants something to watch, I figured out throw that link out there into the universe.
    Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013

    "Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference

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    I imagine this webcast sounds great. I'm sitting directly behind the commentators. They are both pretty goofy and their wrestling knowledge is limited.
    He let himself down, for what...a woman. I say, go be a world champion let the women come to you......Tito Ortiz

    www.d1collegewrestling.net

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    I just got back home and will check it out now. But every other time I've watched a match on the ACC webcasts, the announcer calls the periods "rounds" and the wrestlers "players". I plan to watch the ACC video and listen to the Big Ten audio.

    Eazee -- why don't you just shove them out of the seats and take over?
    Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013

    "Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference

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