The No. 10 UVA wrestling team swept a pair of home duals Saturday, downing No. 23 North Dakota State, 20-15, and Gardner-Webb, 33-3, at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (5-0) won 15 of the 20 individual matches Saturday.
George DiCamillo (R-So., Highland Heights, Ohio), Joe Spisak (R-Sr., Boiling Springs, Pa.), Andrew Atkinson (R-Fr., Lynchburg, Va.), Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) and Blaise Butler (R-Jr., Belvidere, Ill.) each won both of their bouts Saturday.
UVa now has won its last 30 home duals at Memorial Gymnasium, dating to a Jan. 16, 2011, loss against Penn.
The Cavaliers got a stern test from the Bison (0-1). NDSU took a 9-7 lead after four bouts when Cleay Ream pinned UVa’s TJ Miller (R-Fr., Medford, N.J.). UVa then won the next three matches, including sudden-victory wins from Atkinson and Butler at 157 and 174, respectively. Trailing 5-2 in the final minute of the third period, Atkinson rallied to force overtime and then quickly took Steven Keogh down to pick up the win. Ranked No. 11 nationally, Butler threw down No. 14 Kurtis Julson late in overtime to notch a 3-1 win.
UVa clinched the dual when James Suvak (R-So., Parma Heights, Ohio) scored a 7-4 decision over Collin Sohn at 197; both wrestlers were wrestling up a weight class while replacing injured starters.
The Cavaliers then won nine of the 10 bouts against Gardner-Webb (2-1), including bonus-point wins from DiCamillo (major at 133), Sulzer (major at 165) and Butler (injury default at 174).
UVa entertains No. 4 Ohio State on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The two teams have a combined 16 wrestlers currently listed in the InterMat top 20 rankings (UVa 6, OSU 10). Tickets currently are available through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office.