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Tickets on sale for UVA-Ohio State wrestling meet at JPJ

uva-logo-new2Tickets are on sale now for the UVA-Ohio State wrestling match, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24, at John Paul Jones Arena. The dual starts at 7 p.m.

Matside seats for the dual are $15 each. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under), seniors and UVa faculty/staff. Tickets are $4 for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by calling the ticket office at (800) 542-8821 or logging on to VirginiaSports.com.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The UVa coaches and players will hold a youth clinic from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A ticket to the dual is required in order to attend the clinic.

The Virginia Athletics Foundation will host “Friends Of Wrestling” donors, suite holders and any ticketed guest in the JPJ Courtside Club for a pre-match social and chalk talk with the coaches. This area will be open from 5:30-6:45 p.m. UVa head coach Steve Garland will give a pre-match chalk talk at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tickets for this hospitality space will be sold as a separate pass for $10 each. Suite holders will be given complimentary access. To order tickets to this VAF Pre-Match Social, call 800-626-8723 or 434-982-5555.

Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in the preseason Flowrestling rankings, with Virginia tabbed at No. 18. The Buckeyes are coming off a sixth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships. A total of 16 wrestlers from the two teams are individually ranked in the preseason Flowrestling rankings.

Virginia has seven wrestlers in the preseason Flowresting rankings, topped by two-time All-American Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio), who is ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds. Gus Sako (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) is No. 9 at 157, while Blaise Butler (R-Jr., Belvidere, Ill.) stands No. 10 at 174. Virginia also is represented in the top 20 by Zach Nye (R-Sr., Enola, Pa., No. 11 at 197), George DiCamillo (R-So., Highland Heights, Ohio, No. 13 at 133), Joe Spisak (R-Sr., Boiling Springs, Pa., No. 13 at 141) and Ethan Hayes (R-Jr., New Lebanon, Ohio, No. 18 at heavyeweight).

Ohio State has nine wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes, highlighted by three-time national champion Logan Stieber, who is ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds. His brother, Hunter, is No. 2 at 149 pounds. Johnni DiJulius checks in at No. 7 at 133, Josh Demas is seventh at 157 and Kenny Courts is ranked ninth at 184. Other Buckeyes in the rankings include Nathan Tomasello (12th, 125 pounds), Bo Jordan (16th, 165 pounds), Mark Martin (12th, 174 pounds) and Nick Tavanello (12th, heavyweight).

This marks the Cavaliers’ third match at JPJ. UVa downed then-No. 8 Virginia Tech, 19-16, last season. The Hokies topped Virginia, 18-13, in 2011 in front of a UVa-record crowd, with the spirited dual coming down to an overtime match in the final bout at heavyweight.

All other Virginia home duals will be contested inside Memorial Gymnasium; there is no admission charge for matches at Mem Gym. The Cavaliers open their 2014-15 schedule at home on Nov. 2 when they play host to Anderson, George Mason and VMI in a quadrangular meet beginning at 10 a.m.

Virginia returns 25 letterwinners from its 2013-14 squad, including Sulzer, who won the ACC championship and placed fourth at 165 pounds at the 2014 NCAA Championships as well as two more ACC champions, Butler and DiCamillo.

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