Aiello, Mueller earn top seeds at Sunday’s ACC Championships

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

Jack Mueller (Photo: UVA Athletics)

Jay Aiello and Jack Mueller have earned two of the top seeds at the ACC Championships the league office announced on Tuesday with the release of the seeds and brackets for the event. The ACC Championships will be hosted by Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday.

Aiello is the top seed at 197 pounds, while Mueller is the top seed at 125 pounds. It is the second consecutive season for both Virginia wrestlers to be the top seed in their respective weight classes. Mueller won the ACC Championship at 125 pounds a year ago, while Aiello was runner-up at 197 pounds. Both earned All-ACC honors for their finish.

The host Panthers lead with three wrestlers seeded No. 1 in their respective weight classes brackets. Defending champion NC State, North Carolina and Virginia each have two earned two No. 1 seeds, and Virginia Tech has one. Seeds were determined by a vote of the league’s six head coaches.

Each weight class champion and runner-up at the 2020 ACC Championship will earn All-ACC recognition. In addition to ACC honors, student-athletes will be vying for berths and seeding in the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The ACC has been awarded 35 automatic berths – the second-highest total in league history – and is hopeful of earning several more at-large selections.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under). Group tickets (15 people or more) are priced at $3 each. All seating for the tournament is General Admission.

The doors to the Petersen Events Center will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with first-round action kicking off the event at 11 a.m.  Semifinals are set for 1 p.m., followed by the consolation semifinals at 3:30 p.m. and the consolation finals at 5 p.m. Championship matches begin at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentation.

ACC Network and ACC Network Extra plan nearly 10 hours of live coverage from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. ACC Network Extra will stream early and consolations rounds, with 7 p.m. set for live linear broadcast on ACC Network.

VIRGINIA SEEDS FOR THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

125: No. 1 seed Jack Mueller (3)

133: No. 4 seed Louie Hayes (5)

141: No. 5 seed Brian Courtney (3)

149: No. 4 seed Denton Spencer (2)

157: No. 5 seed Justin McCoy (5)

165: No. 6 seed Cam Coy (4)

174: No. 6 seed Victor Marcelli (4)

184: No. 4 seed Michael Battista (3)

197: No. 1 seed Jay Aiello (1)

HWT: No. 3 seed Quinn Miller (5)

*League allocation for NCAA Championships automatic qualifiers denoted in parentheses by each weight class

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