May 10, 2012
Five Hokies named to All-ACC Academic Team
Carter, Brascetta highlight Tech's honorees

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five Virginia Tech wrestlers have been named to the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Virginia junior Matt Snyder has been named the 2011-12 Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Eight of the student-athletes named to the 19-member 2011-12 All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team earned spots on the squad on at least one previous occasion. This year’s team includes six student-athletes that also earned All-ACC teams honors in 2012, including ACC Wrestler of the Year Devin Carter of Virginia Tech and Freshman of the Year Nick Brascetta, also of the Hokies.

Six members of the team – Snyder, Carter, Maryland’s Kyle John and Virginia’s Jon Fausey, Matt Nelson and Nick Nelson – were also named to the 2011-12 NWCA All-Academic Division I team announced earlier this week.

For Tech, Brascetta, Carter, Chris Mears, Chris Moon and Matt Stephens were honored.

Carter, a psychology major, won his second ACC title and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds, earning his first All-America honors. Bracetta, a freshman, won the 149-pound title and was named the ACC's Freshman of the Year. He, along with Moon, both qualified for the NCAA Championships, as well. All five of Tech's honorees are sophomores or freshmen.

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.

2011-12 All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team
Name, School Year Major
Brandon Gambucci, Duke So. Undeclared
Brian Self, Duke So. Undeclared
****Peter Terrezza, Duke Sr. History/Italian
***Kyle John, Maryland Gr. Master’s/Engineering Project Management
Frank Abbondanza, North Carolina Fr. Undeclared
Alex Utley, North Carolina Fr. Business Administration
Steve Ramos, NC State So. Economics
**Jon Fausey, Virginia Jr. Kinesiology
**Shawn Harris, Virginia Gr. Higher Education
Ethan Hayes, Virginia Fr. Undeclared
Ryan Malo, Virginia Gr. Education Psychology
Matt Nelson, Virginia Sr. Economics
***Nick Nelson, Virginia Gr. Commerce
***Matt Snyder, Virginia Jr. Kinesiology
Nick Brascetta, Virginia Tech Fr. University Studies
**Devin Carter, Virginia Tech So. Biological Sciences
Chris Mears, Virginia Tech So. Marketing
**Chris Moon, Virginia Tech So. Electrical Engineering
Matt Stephens, Virginia Tech Fr. Marketing

ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Matt Snyder, Virginia
** - Two-time honoree *** - Three-time honoree

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