UVA wrestling rolls to three wins in season-opening quad meet

uva wrestlingThe No. 11 UVA wrestling team posted a trio of team victories Sunday in its season-opening quad meet at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers started with a 33-9 victory over Anderson (S.C.) before winning all 10 bouts in a 51-0 triumph over VMI. UVa concluded the day with a 34-6 win over George Mason.

“It was another really good first weekend for us,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “The thing we talked about as a team before the matches was that all the work they have been doing for months now, today is their reward. We wanted them to go and take their reward. Go and make the most of it. That’s what I saw today. I saw guys maxing out, flying all over the mat and scoring points in bunches. We talked about moving from good to great this year, and great teams score points in bunches. We did that today.”

Twenty-one Virginia wrestlers competed Sunday. Eight Cavaliers scored a pair of wins apiece, including TJ Miller (R-Fr., Medford, N.J.), who recorded two pins at 149 pounds in his first two Virginia dual matches. After competing in the NWCA All-Star Classic Saturday night, second-ranked Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) had a quick turnaround but scored a pair of major decisions at 165.

In his first action in over a year after sitting out the 2013-14 season with an injury, 10th-ranked George DiCamillo (R-So., Highland Heights, Ohio) returned with a vengeance, recording two dominating wins by a tech fall and major decision at 133. Heavyweight Derek Papagianopoulos (R-Sr., Burlington, Mass.) also returned to the UVa lineup nearly a year to the day after a serious injury and posted the Cavaliers’ most exciting win of the day, as he pinned VMI’s Juan Adams with two seconds remaining in sudden-victory time.

UVa opened by taking seven of 10 matches against Anderson, with a pair of Cavaliers making their UVa dual debuts and recording wins – Alex Uhre (R-Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with a tech fall at 125 and Zach Watson (R-So., Chattanooga, Tenn.) with a fall at 141.

Virginia rolled out a completely different lineup for the second match against VMI, with the Cavaliers sweeping the 10 matches and recording bonus points in nine in the 51-0 win. UVa recorded its sixth-most points ever in a dual and broke the 50-point mark for the eighth time in program history.

The Cavaliers won eight of 10 matches in the final dual of the day against George Mason, scoring bonus points in six.

Several Virginia wrestlers will compete next Sunday (Nov. 9) in Blacksburg in the Hokie Open. The Cavaliers return to dual competition Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mem Gym against No. 22 North Dakota State and Gardner-Webb. UVa then will play host to No. 2 Ohio State on Monday, Nov. 24, at John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia 33, Anderson 9
125: Alex Uhre (UVa) tech fall Dylan Crossland (AU), 19-1; UVa 5-0
133: Joseph Martinez (UVa) dec. Zak Hale (AU), 9-5; UVa 8-0
141: Zach Watson (UVa) pinned Conor Caffrey (AU), 5:33; UVa 14-0
149: Dan Telhada (AU) dec. Chris Yankowich (UVa), 9-2; UVa 14-3
157: Sean Turner (AU) dec. Dustin Roemer (UVa), 12-7; UVa 14-6
165: Zane Newton (AU) dec. MJ Roberson (UVa), 6-1; UVa 14-9
174: Greg Bacci (UVa) dec. Trevontay Rhodes (AU), 4-2; UVa 17-9
184: James Suvak (UVa) major dec. Stephen Washington (AU) 10-2; UVa 21-9
197: Pat Gillen (UVa) pinned Will Diamond (AU), 0:59; UVa 27-9
285: Collin Campbell (UVa) pinned Wyatt McCrackin (AU), 1:16; UVa 33-9

Virginia 51, VMI 0
125: Will Mason (UVa) tech fall Dalton Henderson (VMI), 16-0 (5:15); UVa 5-0
133: No. 10 George DiCamillo (UVa) tech fall Hunter Starner (VMI), 23-7 (6:49); UVa 10-0
141: No. 14 Joe Spisak (UVa) pinned Emmitt Kelly (VMI), 2:56; UVa 16-0
149: TJ Miller (UVa) pinned Jake Krall (VMI), 2:06; UVa 22-0
157: Andrew Atkinson (UVa) dec. BJ Crozier (VMI), 8-4; UVa 25-0
165: No. 2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) major dec. Shabaka Johns (VMI), 18-5; UVa 29-0
174: No. 12 Blaise Butler (UVa) pinned Mark Darr (VMI), 2:45; UVa 35-0
184: Billy Coggins (UVa) tech fall Jake Koch (VMI), 15-0 (2:17); UVa 40-0
197: No. 14 Zach Nye (UVa) tech fall Jake Tomlinson (VMI), 17-1 (3:08); UVa 45-0
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) pinned Juan Adams (VMI), 7:58; UVa 51-0

Virginia 34, George Mason 6
125: Will Mason (UVa) pinned Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU), 3:43; UVa 6-0
133: No. 10 George DiCamillo (UVa) major dec. Vince Rodriguez (VMI), 11-2 UVa 10-0
141: No. 14 Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. Sahid Kargbo (GMU), 10-4; UVa 13-0
149: TJ Miller (UVa) pinned Luke Ludke (GMU), 1:33; UVa 19-0
157: Greg Flournoy (GMU) dec. Andrew Atkinson (UVa), 5-3 SV; UVa 19-3
165: No. 2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) major dec. Patrick Davis (GMU), 15-3; UVa 23-3
174: No. 12 Blaise Butler (UVa) major dec. Ryan Forrest (GMU), 15-3; UVa 27-3
184: Billy Coggins (UVa) major dec. Derek Dwyer (GMU), 18-5; UVa 31-3
197: No. 14 Zach Nye (UVa) dec. Matt Meadows (GMU), 11-4; UVa 34-3
285: Jake Kettler (GMU) dec. Ethan Hayes (UVa), 3-2 TB1; UVa 34-6

George Mason 35, Anderson 6
125: Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) major dec. Dylan Crossland (AU), 14-4; GMU 4-0
133: Vince Rodriguez (GMU) dec. Zak Hale (AU), 4-3; GMU 7-0
141: Zach Isehour (GMU) dec. Conor Caffrey (AU), 6-2; GMU 10-0
149: Dan Telhada (AU) dec. Konbeh Karoma (GMU), 5-2; GMU 10-3
157: Greg Flournoy (GMU) major dec. Sean Turner (AU), 11-3; GMU 14-3
165: Patrick Davis (GMU) pinned. Zane Newton (AU), 1:16; GMU 20-3
174: Trevontay Rhodes (AU) dec. Alex Thomas (GMU), 6-2; GMU 20-6
184: Derek Dwyer (GMU) dec. Stephen Washington (AU), 8-1; GMU 23-6
197: Matt Meadows (GMU) pinned Will Diamond (AU), 3:52; GMU 29-6
285: Jake Kettler (GMU) pinned Wyatt McCrackin (AU), 1:02; GMU 35-6

George Mason 25, VMI 6
125: Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) dec. Dalton Henderson (VMI), 6-4; GMU 3-0
133: Vince Rodriguez (GMU) dec. Hunter Starner (VMI), 10-5; GMU 6-0
141: Sahid Kargbo (GMU) dec. Emmitt Kelly (VMI), 5-2; GMU 9-0
149: Ryan Hunsberger (GMU) dec. Jake Krall (VMI), 5-0; GMU 12-0
157: Greg Flournoy (GMU) dec. BJ Crozier (VMI), 2-0; GMU 15-0
165: Shabaka Johns (VMI) dec. Patrick Davis (GMU), 4-0; GMU 15-3
174: Ryan Forrest (GMU) dec. Mark Darr (VMI), 13-12; GMU 18-3
184: Jake Koch (VMI) dec. Derek Dwyer (GMU) 1-0; GMU 18-6
197: Matt Meadows (GMU) major dec. Jake Tomlinson (VMI), 11-2; GMU 22-6
285: Jake Kettler (GMU) dec. Juan Adams (VMI), 7-3; GMU 25-6

VMI 28, Anderson 12
125: Dalton Henderson (VMI) pinned Dylan Crossland (AU), 3:50; VMI 6-0
133: Zak Hale (AU) dec. Hunter Starner (VMI), 7-0; VMI 6-3
141: Emmitt Kelly (VMI) dec. Conor Caffrey (AU), 6-3; VMI 9-3
149: Dan Telhada (AU) pinned Jake Krall (VMI), 2:21; tied 9-9
157: BJ Crozier (VMI) pinned Sean Turner (AU), 2:40; VMI 15-9
165: Shabaka Johns (VMI) dec. Zane Newton (AU), 3-2; VMI 18-9
174: Trevontay Rhodes (AU) dec. Mark Darr (VMI), 9-5; VMI 18-12
184: Jake Koch (VMI) dec. Stephen Washington (AU), 7-0; VMI 21-12
197: Jake Tomlinson (VMI) major dec. Will Diamond (AU), 10-2; VMI 25-12
285: Yousef Malik (VMI) dec. Wyatt McCrackin (AU), 7-2; VMI 28-12

         
 

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