March 8, 2014
Blacksburg, Va. - The Virginia wrestling team placed third at the ACC Championships behind the individual titles of sophomore Blaise Butler (Belvidere, Ill.) and junior Nick Sulzer (Cleveland, Ohio). Butler won his first ACC title at 157 pounds while Sulzer claimed his at 165 pounds. Sulzer was the runner-up in that same weight class last year. Both wrestlers were the top seeds in their respective divisions.
Butler and Sulzer were two of four Cavaliers to advance to the ACC finals. Senior Stephen Doty (St. Louis, Mo.), the No. 2 seed at 174 pounds, and sophomore Zach Nye, the No. 4 seed at 197 pounds, also competed in the championship matches.
A total of seven Cavaliers qualified for the NCAA Championships as a result of their finishes at the tournament. That group includes junior Joe Spisak at 141, junior Gus Sako at 149, Butler at 157, Sulzer at 165, Doty at 174, senior Jon Fausey at 184 and Nye at 197.
"It wasn't great," said Virginia coach Steve Garland on his team's performance. "To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement. We have pretty high standards. We want to get all 10 through to nationals. We got nine through last year. We had a great regular season. What happened today doesn't take away from how awesome of a season we had. However, it still hurts.
"We definitely didn't wrestle the way we should have, but it doesn't take away from Blaise Butler and Nick Sulzer, and Zach Nye beating [top-seeded] Christian Boley in the first round match, and what Doty's been able to do. We're celebrating those guys, but we're also understanding that we have work to do, and today wasn't good enough."
Fausey becomes the sixth wrestler in UVa history to be a four-time NCAA qualifier. Spisak and Sulzer will be making their third appearance at the NCAAs while Sako and Doty qualified for the second time in their careers.
The NCAA Championships will take place March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Other top finishes for UVa including a third-place performance by Sako and fourth-place efforts by Fausey and sophomore Nick Hermann.
Virginia Tech won its second consecutive team title, totaling 87 points, while Pittsburgh was second at 67 points and Virginia was third with 61.5 points. North Carolina was fourth with 38 points while Maryland finished fifth with 37.5 points. NC State was sixth at 33.5 points and Duke was seventh with 18 points.
Williams Excited About Opportunity at UVAGeneral Release10/22/17The next athletics director at UVA will be Carla Williams, who's been a student--athlete, coach and an administrator at the University of Georgia.'Hoos Take Step Back in One-Sided LossFootball10/21/17For Virginia, which lost 41-10 to visiting Boston College on Saturday, the next opportunity to become bowl-eligible comes next weekend at Pitt.Green Adjusting to New SurroundingsWrestling10/20/17A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a candidate to start at 157 pounds for Virginia.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Jeff White: Green Adjusting to New Surroundings
Wrestling | 10/20/2017
A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a...
GET TO KNOW: Louie Hayes
Wrestling | 10/19/2017
Get to know more about redshirt freshman Louie Hayes as we prepare for the 2017-18 season that...
GET TO KNOW: Jack Mueller
Wrestling | 10/12/2017
Get to know more about All-American sophomore Jack Mueller as we gear up for the 2017-18...
GET TO KNOW: Brian Kennerly
Wrestling | 10/6/2017
Get to know more about freshman Brian Kennerly of the Virginia wrestling team as we gear up for...
GET TO KNOW: Sam Martino
Wrestling | 9/25/2017
Get to know more about redshirt freshman Sam Martino of the Virginia wrestling team as we gear up...
Virginia Announces 2017-18 Wrestling Schedule
Wrestling | 9/21/2017
The Virginia wrestling team announced its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday, featuring home meets with...
GET TO KNOW: Zak DePasquale
Wrestling | 09/13/2017
Get to know more about senior Zak DePasquale of the Virginia wrestling team as we gear up for the...
GET TO KNOW: Cam Harrell
Wrestling | 09/05/2017
Get to know more about redshirt sophomore Cam Harrrell of the Virginia wrestling team as we...
- Online Stores