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Five Tar Heels Named To All-ACC Academic Team
Release: 04/10/2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- North Carolina placed a league-high five wrestlers on the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference All-ACC Academic Team, Commissionor John Swofford announced Thursday. Three-time selections Frank Abbondanza and Alex Utley were joined by first-time picks Christian Barber, Bob Coe and Troy Heilmann.

Virginia Tech's Devin Carter was named the 2014 ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The 141-pounder was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at this ACC Wrestling Championship and led Virginia Tech to the team title.

A total of six members of this year's All-ACC Academic Wrestling have been named to the team multiple times, led by Virginia senior Jon Fausey, who is a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree. Joining Carter as three-time team members are Abbondanza and Utley of North Carolina and Virginia Tech's Chris Moon. Maryland's Danny Orem was chosen for the second time.

Four members of the All-ACC Academic team also earned All-Americas honors and were ACC champions in Carter, Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock (184), Virginia's Nick Sulzer (165) and Pitt's Tyler Wilps (174).

Five members of the All-ACC Academic wrestling squad were also named All-ACC in Carter, Sheptock, Sulzer, Wilps and Pitt's Max Thomusseit (184).

North Carolina and Duke led all schools with five student-athletes each on the 2014 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team. Pitt and Maryland each had three honorees, while NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech had two apiece.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

2014 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team

Name School Year Wgt. Major Hometown
Frank Abbondanza North Carolina Jr. 174 Business Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Christian Barber North Carolina So.-R 149 Management & Society Westfield, N.J.
Conner Bass Duke Fr. 149 Undeclared Yorkville, Ill.
Evan Botwin Duke Fr.-R 125 Sociology Chestnut Hill, Pa.
Marcus Cain Duke So.-R 165 Electrical & Computer Eng. Winston-Salem, N.C.
Devin Carter Virginia Tech Jr.-R 141 Psychology Christiansburg, Va.
Robert Coe North Carolina Fr. 285 Business Plymouth, Mich.
Jon Fausey Virginia Sr.  184 Kinesiology Dalmatia, Pa.
Troy Heilmann North Carolina Fr. 133 Undecided South Plainfield, N.J.
Jacob Kasper Duke Fr. 184 Undeclared Lexington, Ohio
Danny Orem Maryland Sr. 157 Kinesiology Glen Burnie, Md.
Michael Machiavello NC State Fr. 184 First Year College Monroe, N.C.
Chris Moon Virginia Tech Jr.-R 165 Electrical Engineering Fauquier, Va.
Geno Morelli Pitt So. 165 Business Administration DuBois, Pa.
Xaviel Ramos Duke Fr. 141 Undeclared Hopatcong, N.J.
Billy Rappo Maryland So. 125 Letters & Sciences Holland, Pa.
Peter Renda NC State Fr. 174 First Year College Topton, Pa.
Jimmy Sheptock Maryland Sr. 184 Communication Northhampton, Pa.
Nick Sulzer Virginia Jr.-R 165 Psychology Cleveland, Ohio
Max Thomusseit Pitt Jr.-R 184 Communications St. Paris, Ohio
Alex Utley North Carolina Jr. 184 History Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Tyler Wilps Pitt Jr.-R 174 Finance Oakdale, Pa.

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