College wrestling: No. 22 UVA falls at No. 14 Virginia Tech

uva wrestlingThe No. 22 UVA wrestling team (12-9, 1-3 ACC) dropped a tough 30-6 dual on Friday (Feb. 16) night to No. 14 Virginia Tech (9-3, 3-1 ACC) at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg.

The Cavaliers got wins from junior Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) at 125 pounds and redshirt sophomore Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) at 197 pounds. Both Virginia wrestlers won by decision. Mueller, the fifth-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, improved to 14-0 on the season, while 10th-ranked Aiello picked up his 21st win of the season.

“All the credit to Virginia Tech tonight,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “They out-wrestled us in just about every position. We got humbled tonight, but God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud. We should now be in a place to learn, so I expect the best practice of the year on Monday.”

With the dual starting at 141 pounds, the Hokies won the first six weight classes before Aiello would pick up his win over Brooks Wilding. Aiello took the 14-7 decision, narrowly missing on bonus points for the Cavaliers.

Following a low scoring bout at heavyweight, Mueller then picked up the second win of the night for Virginia with his 6-2 decision over Joey Prata at 125 pounds. It is the first time an opponent did not surrender bonus points to Mueller, who has five pinfalls, four tech falls and three major decisions in his 14 victories this season.

Saturday night’s Commonwealth Clash contest was sponsored by Virginia529. Visit for more information. Virginia529 is the official college savings plan of Virginia athletics.

The Cavaliers will return to action this weekend, hosting No. 15 Pittsburgh on Friday (Feb. 22) in a 7 p.m. dual at Memorial Gym. Admission is free to the public and Virginia will recognize four seniors prior to the start of the dual as a part of its Senior Night celebration.

No. 14 Virginia Tech 30, No. 22 Virginia 6

141: Mitch Moore (VT) tech fall Sam Krivus, 16-0 (6:31) – VT 5, UVA 0

149: Ryan Blees (VT) dec. Michael Murphy, 3-2 – VT 8, UVA 0

157: B.C. LaPrade (VT) dec. Jake Keating, 12-5 – VT 11, UVA 0

165: No. 8 Mekhi Lewis (VT) major dec. Cam Coy, 10-1 – VT 15, UVA 0

174: No. 7 David McFadden (VT) major dec. Robby Patrick, 13-4 – VT 19, UVA 0

184: No. 7 Zack Zavatsky (VT) tech fall Drew Peck, 18-3 (5:36) – VT 24, UVA 0

197: No. 10 Jay Aiello dec. Brooks Wilding (VT), 14-7 – VT 24, UVA 3

HWT: No. 18 Billy Miller (VT) dec. Tyler Love, 4-1 – VT 27, UVA 3

125: No. 5 Jack Mueller dec. Joey Prata (VT), 6-2 – VT 27, UVA 6

133: No. 12 Korbin Myers (VT) dec. Louie Hayes, 5-2 – VT 30, UVA 6

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.