Virginia Wrestling Falls to North Carolina, 31-9
Feb. 1, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling team dropped a 31-9 decision to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Cavaliers’ first Atlantic Coast Conference dual match of the season at Memorial Gymnasium. North Carolina won the first three consecutive matches en route to claiming seven total victories on the evening.
North Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Mark Canty posted a 7-3 victory over Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Acd.) in the 174 weight class. The Tar Heels extended their lead to 9-0 when Nick Richmond pinned Steve Mazzola (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edwards) at 6:33 at 184. In the 197 weight class, North Carolina’s Austin Wall defeated Virginia’s Andrew DeMartino (McLean, Va./Jefferson) by a score of 7-2, bringing the team score to 12-0.
Virginia scored its first points of the evening when Ryan Painter (Rainelle, W.V./Rainelle) defeated Ryan Adams in the heavyweight class, making the score 12-3. Chris Rodrigues of North Carolina recorded a major decision at 125 over Virginia’s Byron Dunlap (York, Pa./Dallastown), 10-1, increasing the Tar Heels’ lead to 16-3. The Cavaliers forfeited both the 133 and 141 weight classes, giving both Evan Sola and Brady Byers victories, making the score 28-3.
The Tar Heels garnered three more team points when Mike Booth defeated the Cavaliers’ Paul Dunstan (Oberlin, Ohio/St. Edwards) by a score of 5-2. Tim Foley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) doubled the Cavaliers’ team score with his 3-1 victory over James O’Connor, making the team score 31-6. In the last match of the evening, UVA’s Don Carlo-Clauss defeated Jake Reynolds of North Carolina by a score of 6-2, making the final team score 31-9.
With the loss, Virginia falls to 1-6 overall, 0-1 in the ACC. The victory improves North Carolina’s record to 9-2 overall, 2-0 in the conference.
UVa will return to home action on Saturday, February 2nd when the Cavaliers host the 2002 Virginia Quad Meet. UVa will face Kent State, Old Dominion and Howard in the event. Competition is scheduled to begin at noon and will be held at Memorial Gymnasium.
Team ScoreNorth Carolina 31Virginia 9
Wgt. Opponents Result Score V/NC174 Mark Canty (UNC) def. Will Durkee (UVA) 7-3 0-3184 Nick Richmond (UNC) def. Steve Mazzola (UVA) Fall @ 6:33 0-9197 Austin Wall (UNC) def. Andrew DeMartino (UVA) 7-2 0-12HWT Ryan Painter (UVA) def. Ryan Adams (UNC) 5-4 3-12125 Chris Rodrigues (UNC) def. Byron Dunlap (UVA) MD, 10-1 3-16133 Evan Sola (UNC) - forfeit Forfeit 3-22141 Brady Byers (UNC) - forfeit Forfeit 3-28149 Mike Booth (UNC) def. Paul Dunstan (UVA) 5-2 3-31157 Tim Foley (UVA) def. James O'Connor (UNC) 3-1 6-31165 Don Carlo-Clauss (UVA) def. Jake Reynolds (UNC) 6-2 9-31
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