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June 21, 2012

Wrestling Athlete of the Year

By: Jimmy Robertson

Devin Carter | Sophomore | Christiansburg, Va.

Devin Carter put together a season that could only be described in one word – dominant.

Carter went 36-5 at 133 pounds this past season on his way to being named the ACC’s Wrestler of the Year and earning All-America honors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Twenty-eight of Carter’s 36 wins netted bonus points (11 pins, 10 major decisions and seven technical falls), illustrating just how dominant he was.

Following a week in early January in which he defeated three nationally ranked opponents (No. 3 Tony Ramos of Iowa, No. 8 A.J. Schopp of Edinboro and No. 10 Ryan Mango of Stanford), Carter moved to No. 1 in the national rankings at 133 pounds. He became just the second Tech wrestler ever to be ranked No. 1 (Scott Justus, 184 pounds, 2002).

Carter rolled to the ACC title at 133 when he recorded a 17-9 major decision over Maryland’s Geoffrey Alexander. At the NCAA Championships, he lost his second-round match against Harvard’s Steven Keith, but came back through the consolation bracket to finish fifth, thus earning All-America status.

Carter, who has won two ACC titles in two years in Blacksburg, also took care of things off the mat. The psychology major and four other teammates earned a spot on the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team.