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Feb. 10, 2001

ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Tech wrestling team downed the Universityof Virginia , 27-13, before a near-capacity crowd of 836 Saturdaynight at Northside High School. The Hokies jumped out to a 24-7 leadand never looked back in improving their record to 7-6-1 on the year.Virginia falls to 5-7 on the year.

All-American Sean Gray got things started for the Hokies at 141pounds with a technical fall over Bob Seidel. Gray, ranked fourth inthe nation in his weight class, finished Seidel off with a near fallto end the match in the third period. The Cavaliers won the next twomatches to take a 7-5 lead. At 157 pounds, P.J. Bory held off a latecharge from Tech’s Brent Rider to hold on for the 6-4 decision. DonCarlo-Clauss gave UVa its only lead of the night when he earned a15-7 major decision over Brian Wilson.

The Hokies won the next four matches to put the dual meet away. At165 pounds, All-American Chris Martin, who is ranked fifth in thenation, gave the Hokies six team points when he pinned Greg Francescain the first period. At 174 pounds, eleventh-ranked Eric Hall earneda 23-10 major decision over Brian Muir. At 184 pounds, sophomoreScott Justus got a big pin over Jimi Massey to give the Hokies a 21-7lead.

Wes Cummings gave the Hokies three team points with his 8-5 win overZach Freday at 197 pounds. In the heavyweight bout, Virginia’s JoshEtu defeated Damian Hamlin, 5-1, to make the score 24-10, Hokies. The125-pound bout saw two former high school teammates go head-to-head.Virginia Tech’s David Thurston made his collegiate debut, but fell tothe Cavaliers’ Ryan Stewart by a score of 14-9. In the evening’sfinal match, Tech’s Jeremy Gaysek downed Joe Alexander, 7-5, to givethe Hokies the 27-13 victory.

The Hokies are back in action on Friday night, hosting Clarion in akey EWL match. The match will be held in Cassell Coliseum and beginsat 7 p.m.

Virginia Tech 27, Virginia 13

141 – #4 Sean Gray (VT) TF Bob Seidel (UVa), 5:36
149 – P.J. Bory (UVa) dec. Brent Rider (VT), 6-4
157 – Don Carlo-Clauss (UVa) maj. dec.. Brian Wilson (VT), 15-7
165 – #5 Chris Martin (VT) fall Greg Francesca (UVa), 2:05
174 – #11 Eric Hall (VT) maj. dec. Brian Muir (UVa), 23-10
184 – Scott Justus (VT) fall Jimi Massey (UVa), 3:46
197 – Wes Cummings (VT) dec. Zach Freday (UVa), 8-5
285 – Josh Etu (UVa) dec. Damian Hamlin (VT), 5-1
125 – Ryan Stewart (UVa) dec. David Thurston (VT), 14-9
133 – Jeremy Gaysek (VT) vs. Joe Alexander (UVa), 7-5

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