ACC Weekend Preview (12/2/2022)

#3 ranked 184 lber Trent Hidlay (photos courtesy of Sam Janicki;

Duke: The Blue Devils head a couple hours north to face Franklin & Marshall and VMI in Lexington, VA on Sunday. #21 Jonah Neisenbaum will look to add to his 9-1 start with matches against Josh Evans (VMI) and Franklin & Marshall.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels are off this week and will return to action on 12/15 against Appalachian State.

North Carolina State: The Wolfpack shift to tournament mode as they head to Vegas for the CKLV. They send a full lineup with one minor change from what we have seen in duals thus far. Alex Faison will get the nod at 174 as they continue to determine the starter for the weight.

#29 Jarrett Trombley--9 Seed at 125
#24 Kai Orine--11 seed at 133
#14 Ryan Jack--4 seed at 141
#22 Jackson Arrington--7 seed at 149
#9 Ed Scott--4 seed at 157
Donald Cates--165
Alex Faison--174
#3 Trent Hidlay--2 seed at 184
#14 Isaac Trumble--2 seed at 197
#19 Owen Trephan--10 seed at 285

Check out Earl's article for a full CKLV preview

#21 Pittsburgh: The Panthers travel to Illinois for a Saturday showdown with the #27 Illini. There will be a few big matches between ranked wrestlers and several toss-up matches of pretty evenly paired wrestlers. This has the potential to be a very entertaining dual.

Big matches to keep an eye on:

125: Colton Camacho v #24 Justin Cardani
133: #11 Micky Phillippi v #6 Lucas Byrd
165: #14 Holden Heller v #19 Danny Braunagel
174: #33 Luca Augustine v #10 Edmond Ruth
197: #8 Nino Bonaccorsi v #15 Zac Braunagel

Virginia: The Hoos travel to North Carolina for a pair of duals against Queens and Campbell. UVA is heavily favored over Queens, a program making their transition into D1 competition. The dual against Campbell last year was excellent, and I expect another good one in Buies Creek. Looking through the lineups, there should be some fun matchups in this one.

133: Erik Roggie v #28 Gabe Hixenbaugh
141: Dylan Cedeno v Shannon Hanna
149: #29 Jarod Verkleeren v Callum Sitek
157: #26 Jake Keating v #33 Troy Nation
165: #9 Justin McCoy v Riley Augustine
184: #30 Neil Antrassian v #18 Caleb Hopkins
285: Gabe Christenson v #13 Taye Ghadiali

Virginia Tech: The Hokies will also head west to compete in the CKLV. Virginia Tech will have a limited roster for the CKLV, but will have some heavy hitters in the lineup. Here are the Hokies making the trip:

#16 Eddie Ventresca--5 seed at 125
#9 Sam Latona--5 seed at 133
#13 Tom Crook--3 seed at 141
Drew Nicholson--165
#2 Mekhi Lewis--1 seed at 174
#9 Hunter Bolen--6 seed at 184
#32 Andy Smith--9 seed at197

Check out Earl's article for a full CKLV preview


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