Yates reaches second straight ACC final

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --Wrestler Pete Yates earned a shot at some revenge Saturday afternoon at the University of North Carolina.

Yates, a redshirt junior at Virginia Tech, scored a two-point reversal late in the second period to take the lead for good in defeating Virginia's Nick Sulzer, 7-5 in the 165-pound semifinals of the ACC Championships at Carmichael Arena.

The No. 2 seed Yates, who was a three-time state champion and four-time finalist while at Salem, wrestled top-seed Josh Asper of Maryland in the 165-pound final, which ended too late for this edition. In last year's title bout, Asper secured a 9-3 decision over Yates.

Yates (21-5) had already qualified for the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for March 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, for the third time.

Thompson helps Eagles get to tournament title game

MACON -- Former Rockdale standout Bernard Thompson and his Florida Gulf Coast teammates reached the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament title game with a pair of upset victories.

The No. 6 seed Eagles, who played top-seed Belmont in the title game Saturday night, knocked off No. 3 seed USC Upstate in the quarterfinals, and Thompson was a big reason why. The guard did a little bit of everything, scoring 10 points and adding seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in the Eagles' 71-61 victory.

In the semifinal victory over No. 2 seed Mercer, Thompson was held to just five points, though he did hand out three assists and had the biggest defensive play of the game.

With the score tied at 57-57, Thompson, who leads the team in steals, came up with a big one with 37 seconds left and fed Sherwood Brown, who was fouled. Brown made both free throws, putting the Eagles ahead for good at 59-57.

Florida Gulf Coast, in just its second season of Division 1, was the sixth team in the Atlantic Sun's 33-year history to reach the championship game in its first tournament.