Nine Virginia wrestlers competed in the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 21).
2012 NCAA Qualifier - 165 pounds
AT VIRGINIA: 2011-12 Went 27-9 on the season Earned automatic berth in NCAA Championships with third-place finish at 2012 ACC Championships Posted 2-2 record at NCAAs, with wins over No. 10 seed Cody Yohn of Minnesota and Coleman Gracey of Army; both losses came to eventual All-Americans - Josh Asper of Maryland (6-4) and Ben Jordan of Wisconsin (3-2) Defeated Yohn in a 3-2 tiebreaker to advance at NCAAs Also earned a 10-9 win over Coleman Gracey of Army in wrestlebacks at NCAAs Wrestled 15 times against 2012 NCAA qualifiers, posting a 5-9 record (representing all of his losses on the season) Ranked No. 15 in final Amateur Wrestling News poll and 16th in final InterMat and WIN rankings Ranked No. 17 in final NCAA RPI and 18th in NCAA Coaches rankings Went 3-2 in ACC action, with losses coming to then-No. 14 Pete Yates of Virginia Tech (6-2) and then-No. 2 Josh Asper of Maryland (4-3) All three ACC wins came via major decisions: NC State's Nigel Jones (12-4), Duke's Ryan Harding (15-4), UNC's Kyle Kiss (10-1) Earned two wins over ranked opponents during regular season: major decision over then-No. 12 Zach Toal of Missouri, 5-2 decision over then-No. 13 Scott Winston of Rutgers All of his defeats were close; his largest margin of defeat was a four-point decision (twice) and eight of his losses came by two or fewer points Led team with 11 major decisions Won the NC State Open at 165 pounds (11/13) Took third at Body Bar Invitational (11/19) Placed fifth at Southern Scuffle, with major over Toal in fifth-place bout (1/1-2)
2010-11 Redshirt season Posted strong 24-5 record in open competitions Placed in top three of five open tournaments, winning championships in four Won Wolfpack (11/14), Mat Town (11/27), Cleveland State (12/11) and Clarion (2/19) opens Took third place in EMU Open to start season (11/6) Recorded nine major decisions (second most on team), one tech fall and one pin Advanced to World Team Trials (freestyle) after taking second place at 74 KG/163 pounds at FILA Junior World Team Trials (5/21) Earned Freestyle All-America honors after third-place finish at FILA Nationals (4/10)
ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL Ohio State Champion at 160 pounds in 2010 2010 Ironman Champion (second in 2009) NHSCA Freshman, Junior and Senior National Champion Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at 2010 state tournament and state dual tournament Went 40-0 his senior season Four-time state placewinner - previous finishes were second (112), third (130) and second (152) Finished with 138-16 career record Was ranked No. 3 nationally at 160 pounds and No. 13 overall as senior Named Cleveland Plain Dealer Wrestler of the Year in 2010 Two-time Junior Freestyle All-American (second in 2010, fifth in 2009) Coached by Greg Urbas at St. Edward HS Also was a high school teammate of fellow UVa wrestler Gus Sako Posted 3.5 GPA in high school
PERSONAL Parents are Keith and Susan Sulzer Has two brothers, Keith and Aaron Keith wrestled at Northwestern, while Aaron wrestles at Eastern Michigan His cousin, Alex Boone, played football at Ohio State and now plays for the San Francisco 49ers