March 27, 2009
Garnett voted ACC Rookie of the Year; Wolfpack's Caldwell tabbed top wrestler
Maryland's McCoy named ACC Coach of the Year after guiding Terps to championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Less than a week after bringing home the first NCAA title by an Atlantic Coast Conference wrestler in 14 years, NC State’s Darrion Caldwell received the league’s ultimate honor on Friday.
Caldwell, a 149-pound junior from
, was named ACC Wrestler of the Year in voting by the conference’s six head coaches. Rahway, N.J.
Caldwell, a 149-pound junior from
Virginia Tech’s Jarrod Garnett, whose stellar season at 125 pounds helped the Hokies to a 20-2 dual meet record and a 5-0 mark vs. ACC competition during the regular season, received the nod as Freshman of the Year.
ACC Coach of the Year honors went to Kerry McCoy, who guided
With the victory,
became the ACC’s 15th NCAA wrestling champion. He finished the season with a 10-match winning streak – six by major decision, one by technical fall and one by pin. Caldwell is NC State’s first All-American since 1996 (Mike Miller) and its first two-time All-American since 1992-93 (Sylvester Terkay). Caldwell
Virginia Tech’s Garnett finished as the nation’s No. 12 wrestler in the 125-pound weight class in the final InterMat/NWCA/NWMA individual rankings. The
, native posted a 38-8 overall dual meet record in addition to his unbeaten mark in ACC regular-season bouts. Newark, Del.
After a second-place finish in the ACC Championships, Garnett competed in last week’s NCAAs and posted a 2-2 record.
McCoy, who stepped on board at Maryland last May after a successful three-year run at Stanford, led the Terps to a third-place regular-season ACC finish, then saw his team peak in capturing the program’s 22nd title.
Caldwell and Garnett also earned spots on the All-ACC team, which went to the champion and runner-up in each weight class at the ACC Championshps. The All-ACC team consists of six wrestlers who went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships – Caldwell, Duke’s Konrad Dudziak (285), Virgina’s Chris Henrich (174) and the Maryland trio of Steven Bell (133), Alex Krom (141) and Hudson Taylor (197).
Dudziak, the first Duke wrestler to earn All-America honors, finished as the national runner-up in his weight class.
Maryland’s matched last season’s third-place NCAA finish. Krom placed fifth in his weight class, while Taylor finished sixth. Henrich, who placed seventh at 174 pounds, became Bell ’s 10th All-American and the first since 2004. Virginia
A total of 33 ACC wrestlers competed in this year’s NCAA Championships.
The complete list of 2009 ACC wrestling honorees is as follows:
2009 ACC Wrestler of the Year
2009 ACC Freshman of the Year
2009 ACC Wrestling Coach of the Year
Conference All-Atlantic Coast
125 – Brendan Byrne, Jr.,
125 – Jarrod Garnett, Fr., Virginia Tech
133 – Steven Bell, Jr.
133 – Mike Rappo, So.,
141 – Alex Krom, Jr.,
141 – Chris Diaz, So., Virginia Tech
149 – Darrion Caldwell, Jr., NC State*
149 – Nick Stabile, So.,
157 – Kody Hamrah, Sr., NC State*
157 – Jesse Dong, Fr., Virginia Tech
165 – Keegan Mueller, Sr.,
* North Carolina
165 – Mike Sewell, Sr.,
174 – Chris Henrich, So., Virginia*
174 – Anthony Trongone, Fr., Virginia Tech
184 – Rocco Caponi, Sr.
184 – Tommy Spellman, So., Virginia Tech
197 – Brent Jones, Jr.,
Hudson Taylor, Jr., Maryland
285 – Konrad Dudziak, Jr., Duke*
285 – Justin Dobies, Sr.,
* - indicates ACC Champion
^ - indicates ACC Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler
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