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From NC State
RALEIGH — The NC State wrestling team got one for the thumb, winning a fifth straight ACC championship. The Wolfpack finished with 101.5 team points, 23.5 points ahead of Virginia Tech, who finished in second place. NC State had eight wrestlers in the finals, with four bringing home ACC titles.
Trent Hidlay was the only repeat champion, winning his third consecutive ACC title. Hidlay defeated Gavin Kane from UNC, 7-2, in the championship round.
The Pack crowned three first-time winners. Jarrett Trombley (125), Kai Orine (133) and Owen Trephan (285) captured titles on Sunday.
Orine was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
From Virginia Tech
For the first time in program history, the Virginia Tech Wrestling team has qualified the full starting lineup to the NCAA Championships. The Hokies finished second in the team race behind championship performances from Mekhi Lewis and Caleb Henson alongside runner-up finishes from Eddie Ventresca, Connor Brady, and Bryce Andonian.
Pitt’s wrestling postseason kicked off by crowning two champions and placing third as a team at the 2023 ACC Wrestling Championship held at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum.
Winning ACC titles were Nino Bonaccorsi at 197 pounds and Cole Matthews at 141 pounds, with Bonaccorsi earning his third straight conference title and Matthews repeating for a second straight year.
Both Panthers beat top-10 opponents from NC State to win gold. Bonaccorsi joined Jake Wentzel as Pitt’s only three-time ACC champions in wrestling by defeating Isaac Trumble in Raleigh by 2-1 decision. Matthews topped Ryan Jack by the same scoreline, earning his victory thanks to riding time.
March 5 • Raleigh, N.C.
Individual Placement Matches
(Includes number of automatic qualifiers at each weight)
125 pounds (2)
1st — Jarrett Trombley (NC State) dec. Eddie Ventresca (Virginia Tech) 3-1 sv
3rd — Colton Camacho (Pittsburgh) dec. Jack Wagner (North Carolina), 3-2
133 pounds (3)
1st — Kai Orine (NC State) pinned Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh), 7:44
3rd — Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) major dec. Logan Agin (Duke), 13-2
141 pounds (4)
1st — Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) dec. Ryan Jack (NC State), 2-1
3rd — Lachlan McNeil (North Carolina) major dec. Tom Crook (Virginia Tech), 10-2
149 pounds (3)
1st — Caleb Henson (Virginia Tech) dec. Jackson Arrington (NC State), 4-2
3rd — Jarod Verkleeren (Virginia) dec. Zachary Sherman (North Carolina), 8-7
157 pounds (3)
1st — Austin O`Connor (North Carolina) dec. Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech), 6-5
3rd — Ed Scott (NC State) major dec. Jake Keating (Virginia), 15-6
165 pounds (3)
1st — Justin McCoy (Virginia) dec. Connor Brady (Virginia Tech), 3-2
3rd — Holden Heller (Pittsburgh) dec. Matthew Singleton (NC State), 10-8
174 pounds (3)
1st — Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) dec. Alex Faison (NC State) 2-1 tb2
3rd — Luca Augustine (Pittsburgh) dec. Victor Marcelli (Virginia), 3-1
184 pounds (5)
1st — Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. Gavin Kane (North Carolina), 7-2
3rd — Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. Reece Heller (Pittsburgh), 7-5
5th — Neil Antrassian (Virginia) dec. Jack Wimmer (Duke), 6-0
197 pounds (4)
1st — Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) dec. Isaac Trumble (NC State), 2-1
3rd — Andy Smith (Virginia Tech) dec. Michael Battista (Virginia), 3-1
1st — Owen Trephan (NC State) dec. Jonah Niesenbaum (Duke), 7-2
3rd — Hunter Catka (Virginia Tech) dec. Ethan Weatherspoon (Virginia), 3-0