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Feb. 22, 1998

CLARION, Pa. — Virginia’s Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) pinned Clarion’s Dominic Surra in the second period to give the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead after two bouts but the Hoos were unable to close out the match as they fell to #22 Clarion 22-15. The loss broke a seven-match winning streak that started January 24th and drops the Cavaliers to 8-7 on the season.

After Steve Garland (Middletown, NY/Middletown) fell at 118, the Cavaliers were assessed a team penalty point to drop Virginia to a team score of -1. Roth answered with his pin at 4:17 into the match to give the Cavaliers the lead. Clarion regained the lead with a close descision at 134 as Mark Angle defeated Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) 4-2 in overtime.

After John Frent (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) fell at 142, Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) defeated Shane McChesney 6-0 to bring the Cavaliers back to within two at 10-8. But successive victories at 158,167, and 177 for the Golden Eagles gave Clarion a 22-8 lead. Virginia’s Martius Harding (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) and Jason Majestic (Patchogue, NY/Medford) tried to rally the Cavaliers with wins at 190 and heavyweight, but it was too late as Virginia lost their first dual match in February in two years 22-15.

Virginia has closed out its regular season and will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in Durham on March 7. Virginia was the runner-up in the 1997 tournament and had three ACC Champions in Steve Garland (126), Jim Harshaw (150), and Martius Harding (177). Steve Garland was the 1997 ACC Tournament Outstanding Wrestler.

	Wt.	Result						          Team Score(VA-Clarion)118	Lee Pritts (C) dec. Garland (VA) 9-4		                0-3	-1 team point (Virginia) unsportsmanlike conduct             (-1)-3126	Roth (VA) WB Fall Surra 4:17				        5-3134	Angle (C) dec. Mutarelli 4-2 ot			                5-6142	Tom Tomeo (C) maj dec. Frent 9-1			        5-10150	Harshaw (VA) dec. McChesney 6-0			                8-10158	Brad Harris (C) dec. John McManus 4-2		                8-13167	Jason Moaney (C) WB Fall John Qualter 2:13		        8-19177	Aaron Mitchell (C) dec. Tom Shaw 4-1	       	                8-22190	Harding (VA) dec. Jesse Shirey 10-5			       11-22HWT	Majestic (VA) maj. dec. Ben Boldin 14-3		               15-22
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