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November 1, 1998

Charlottesville, Va.-The University of Virginia wrestling team opened its 1998-99 season tonight with its annual Blue-Orange exhibition match held at Memorial Gymnasium. The Orange Squad, led by senior captain Jim Harshaw‘s (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) major decision at 165, defeated the Blue Squad 26-9.

After an opening forfeit at 157, Harshaw won the opening match of the evening with a 14-0 decision over frosh Mark McLean (Plainfield, N.J./Blair Academy). John Qualter (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) then won for the Blue Squad with a 7-3 defeat of Robbie Moutoux (Vienna, Va./George C. Marshall) at 174. But the Orange squad ripped off three consecutive victories with two at 184 and once at heavyweight to take a commanding 19-3 lead. Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) stopped the Orange run at 125 with a 6-0 defeat of Bob Seidel (Wall, N.J./Wall).

Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) put the Orange squad back in the win column with an exciting overtime by criteria decision over Mike Pacillo (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West). Then Jon Frent (Wayside, N.J./Ocean Township) defeated Jeremy Kirk (Flemington, N.J./Blair Academy) at 141 and in the evening’s final match, John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College) took a major decision of 8-0 over John Christopher (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) to help the Orange to the final score of 29-6.

The Cavaliers begin their season with a trip to VMI to compete in the Keydet Invitational on Saturday, November 15.

Weight                       Result                  Cumulative Team Score; Orange-Blue157	  Brian Muir (O)         WBF	                  6-0165	  Jim Harshaw (O)        maj. dec. Mark McLean   14-0	10-0174	  John Qualter (B)       dec. Robbie Moutoux      7-3 	10-3184	  Craig Fenstermaker (O) dec. Jimi Massey         7-1 	13-3184	  Ryan McGrath (O)       dec. Richie Moutoux      6-1 	16-3HWT	  Ryan Painter (O)       dec. Jeremy Wilkins      4-1 	19-3125	  Matt Roth (B)          dec. Bob Seidel          6-0	19-6133	  Steve Garland (O)      dec. Mike Pacillo        2-1, criteria 22-6141	  Jon Frent (B)          dec. Jeremy Kirk         7-3	22-9149	  John Pozniak (O)  maj. dec. John Christopher    8-0	26-9 
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