Honors for NC State wrestling, Duke lacrosse; Triangle tennis teams ranked

From News ReleasesFebruary 25, 2014 

— N.C. State’s Nick Gwiazdowski was named ACC Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday for last week’s pair of wins, including a decision against Northwestern’s Michael McMullan, the nation’s top-ranked 285-pounder.

Gwiazdowski, ranked sixth nationally last week, posted a 5-3 overtime decision against McMullan as State dropped a 24-15 decision to the 21st-ranked Wildcats in Durham. McMullan is a two-time All-American who finished second nationally last year at the NCAA Championships. Gwiazdowski also recorded a pin of Duke’s Brendan Walsh in 2:25 of their match in leading N.C. State to a 25-13 conference win against the Blue Devils.

Men’s lacrosse

Duke: Jordan Wolf was named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

The senior attackman had 10 points on seven goals and three assists to lead the Blue Devils to a pair of wins last week. He posted hat tricks in back-to-back games with three goals against Penn and four against Stony Brook.

Indoor track and field

N.C. State: Andrew Colley has been named the final ACC Men’s Performer of the Week season.

The senior finished first in the 3,000-meter run at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, setting a new career-best in the event with a time of 7 minutes, 58.87 seconds. It was nearly 22 seconds ahead of second place, while moving to No. 24 nationally in the event.

Men’s golf

North Carolina: The Tar Heels kicked off their spring season witha 14th-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic with an 890 three-day total. Freshman Henry Do led the way with a 3-under-par 69 in the final round on the River Course at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Do tied for 30th place at even-par 216.

Women’s tennis

UNC Wilmington: The Seahawks won the doubles point and claimed four singles matches to beat Campbell in a non-conference match at the Nisbet Tennis Center.

UNCW (5-2) won its second straight outing on the strength of straight-sets wins from Angie Sekely and Olga Blank at the top two singles positions and Christine Kharkevich and Hollie Champion at the fifth and sixth spots.

UNC: In the season’s first computerized ranking, North Carolina is No. 11 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Freshman Jamie Loeb sits atop the ITA Division I singles rankings with her 30-2 record. She notched a 4-0 record last week for the Tar Heels.

Duke: The Blue Devils are No. 1 in the nation following a 1-1 opening weekend to conference play, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The ITA also released singles and doubles rankings Tuesday, with second-ranked Beatrice Capra tops among the Blue Devils.

Men’s tennis

Duke: The Blue Devils boast four nationally ranked singles players as well as one ranked doubles tandem after the recent ITA rankings.

Michael Redlicki headlines the group at 37th. Jason Tahir is 40th, Fred Saba 58th and Bruno Semenzato tied for 94th for Duke, which is ranked 17th as a team.

N.C. State: N.C. State is 24th in the ITA’s season debut poll with three nationally ranked players: Austin Powell, 45th; Robbie Mudge, 91th; and Thomas Weigel, 122nd.

In doubles, the tandem of Nick Horton and Sean Weber is listed No. 32, while the pair of Ian Dempster and Mudge makes its season debut in the polls with a No. 42 ranking. On the season, Dempster and Mudge own a perfect 12-0 ledger, including a 10-0 mark in the spring campaign.

The Wolfpack will return to the courts to host Appalachian St. and Winthrop in a doubleheader on Friday, March 7. The match against the Mountaineers will begin at 12 p.m., while the match against the Eagles is set for a 5 p.m. first serve.

Campbell: Campbell’s Fernando Guillen has been selected the Big South’s Player of the Week.

Guillen helped lead the Camels to a 4-3 win in their conference opener against Gardner-Webb last week. He had a come-from-behind victory against Benjamin Kaszas in the No. 1 flight, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles play, Guillen teamed with Rik van Gerwen to down A.J. Stillwell and Kaszas at No. 2.

General

Duke: Tanner Anderson, Juliet Bottorff, Ross Cockrell and Perry Simmons have been selected as recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, as announced by ACC commissioner John D. Swofford.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes – three from each league institution - who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education.

The ACC named Anderson (Track & Field), Bottorff (Track & Field) and Simmons (Football) as recipients of the postgraduate scholarship award, while Cockrell (Football) was named an honorary recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.

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