UVA Wrestling: Jack Mueller advances to NCAA quarterfinals
UVA junior Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) paced the ‘Hoos on the opening day of competition at the NCAA Championships, picking up a pair of victories to advance to the quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena.
Mueller, the fifth-seeded wrestler at 125 pounds, will now face fourth-seeded Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State in Friday morning’s quarterfinals. Bresser is a senior who earned All-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Championships with a seventh-place finish. The Oregon State wrestler is 25-1 on the season and claimed the Pac-12 championship two weeks ago.
He is one of three Virginia wrestlers who will continue competition on Friday. Redshirt sophomore Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) and redshirt senior Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) will both compete in the consolation bracket and are still in contention for a podium finish and All-America honors.
Wrestling in Friday morning’s session begins at 11 a.m.
Redshirt freshman Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.) and redshirt junior Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) both went 0-2 on Thursday and were eliminated from the competition.
No. 5 seed Jack Mueller
Rd 1: Mueller pinned No 28 seed Gage Curry (American), 1:27
Rd 2: Mueller major dec. No. 12 seed Michael McGee (Old Dominion), 13-3
Quarterfinals: Mueller vs. No. 4 seed Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) on Friday
No. 26 seed Sam Krivus
Rd 1: No. 7 seed Mitch McKee (Minnesota) pinned Krivus, 4:59
Conso. Rd 1: No. 10 seed Nicholas Gil (Navy) dec. Krivus, 2-0
No. 25 seed Cam Coy
Rd 1: No. 8 seed Mekhi Lewis (VT) pinned Coy, 6:49
Conso. Rd 1: No. 9 seed Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley) dec. Coy, 5-2
No. 29 seed Will Schany
Rd 1: No. 4 seed Emery Parker (Illinois) dec. Schany, 3-2
Conso. Rd 1: Schany vs. No. 20 seed Will Sumner (Utah Valley)
Conso. Rd 2: Schany vs. No. 19 seed Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) on Friday
No. 7 seed Jay Aiello
Rd 1: Aiello dec. No. 26 seed Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force), 7-2
Rd 2: No. 10 seed Tom Sleigh (VT) dec. Aiello, 9-8
Conso. Rd 2: Aiello vs. No. 9 seed Benjamin Honis (Cornell) on Friday