GREENSBORO, N.C. — Adding to his long list of accomplishments this season and throughout an illustrious career at Pitt, redshirt senior Tyler Wilps was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the ACC announced on Friday, May 1.

“I am honored to have received the award, and it is always nice to see that your hard work gets recognized,” said Wilps “The ACC has provided myself and other student-athletes with countless scholarship and recognition opportunities and for that I am grateful. I plan to continue to work hard and represent the ACC and the University of Pittsburgh well in my future endeavors.”

Wilps, who earned his second All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team nod was one of eight student-athletes recognized multiple times on the team. He was also joined by freshman Dom Forys, who was also selected to the squad. Forys was one of just three true freshmen on the team.

Wilps, a native of nearby Oakdale, Pa., recently concluded his final year of eligibility in a Pitt singlet and took home a number of awards both on and off the mat over his five-year career.

In his final season, Wilps was the national runner-up at 174 pounds and became Pitt’s first national finalist since 2008, when Keith Gavin won a national title at the same weight class. Wilps was just the 17th wrestler in Pitt history to compete with a national title on the line. A three-time national qualifier and two-time All-American, Wilps was the 75th and 76th All-American in school history after placing seventh in 2014 and second in 2015. He is just one of only 18 wrestlers at Pitt to earn multiple All-America honors.

Wilps won Pitt’s first individual ACC title at last year’s conference championships and defended his title once again this year, not only becoming the first back-to-back ACC champion in school history, but was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler en route to the title this year.

With an 87-31 career mark, Wilps finished his time at Pitt with 11 falls, six technical falls and 23 major decisions. During his career, the Panthers won three regular-season championships and three conference tournament championships. Prior to joining the ACC, Wilps was a two-time EWL runner-up.

Wilps, who received his degree in finance from Pitt last weekend with a minor in chemistry, has been recognized as EWL All-Academic, on the ACC Honor Roll and was the first recipient of the Rande Stottlemyer Endowed Scholarship. He was selected as one of three Pitt student-athletes to receive the 2015 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award.

At the annual Senior Banquet earlier in April, Wilps was honored with the prestigious Blue-Gold Award. The honor is awarded annually to one male and one female senior who represent the student-athlete based on academic scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership qualities and citizenship.

Head coach Jason Peters also offered his sentiments on what Wilps has meant to the program.

“Tyler truly defines student-athlete. He has excelled in both the classroom and the wrestling arena and I appreciate the commitment he has made to Pitt wrestling,” said Peters. “His dedication and commitment to excellence will be missed in our line-up, however, I look forward to working with him next year in his roll on our staff.”

Forys was a national qualifier in his first season competing with the Panthers. The Pittsburgh native posted a 17-14 record at 125 pounds, which included a team-best four falls and seven major decisions. Throughout the season, he was crowned the Keystone Classic Champion in his weight class as part of an eight-match winning streak. Later in the season, Forys earned his first ACC Wrestler of the Week accolade and placed third in his weight class at the conference championship. Forys is enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.