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Feb. 8, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling team faced the Millersville Marauders and the UNC-Greensboro Spartans in a pair of non-conference dual matches, and also played host to a dual match between Millersville and UNC-Greensboro this evening at UVa’s Memorial Gymnasium. Virginia defeated Millersville by the score of 34-10 before defeating UNC-Greensboro 41-8. Millersville was a 37-10 winner over UNCG in the other dual match.

In Virginia’s match with Millersville, the Cavaliers jumped out to a 25-0 lead after the first five bouts and never looked back. UVa’s Brian Sticca (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem) was awarded a forfeit at 125 before Joe Alexander (Franklin, N.J./Delsea Regional) pinned Corey Packer at 1:28 in the 133 class to give Virginia a 12-0 lead. The Cavaliers’ Bob Seidel (Wall, N.J./Wall) earned a hard-fought 2-1 decision at 141 over Derek Sola before Paul Bjorlo (Reston, Va./South Lakes) pinned Shawn Blanchard at 4:23 in the 149 class to make it a 21-0 lead for UVa. Virginia’s #13 ranked Tim Foley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) picked up a 19-7 major decision victory over Craig Pequignot at 157 to give the Cavaliers a 25-0 advantage.

UVa’s Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) lost a close 4-3 decision to Millersville’s Jesse Reed at 165, and UVa was penalized one team point following the match to make the score 24-3. Virginia’s Brian Muir (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) picked up a 14-5 major decision over Curtis Yeager at 174 to make it a 28-3 lead for the Cavaliers. The Marauders picked-up a pair of wins at 184 (Mark Knock) and 197 (Adam Schaaf) to pull within 28-10 of Virginia. However, UVa heavyweight Josh Etu (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) put the wraps on UVa’s 34-10 victory by pinning Brian Mielnik at 1:16 into the bout.

Virginia’s match with UNC-Greensboro started similar to UVa’s match with Millersville in that the Cavaliers won the first five bouts of the dual, this time to jump out to a 23-0 lead. Virginia’s Sticca defeated Tony Stewart by the score of 9-7 at 125 before UVa’s Alexander picked-up a 10-4 decision over David Johnson at 133 to make the score 6-0. The Cavaliers’ Seidel earned a 20-3 technical fall win over Wes Gibson at 141 to give UVa a 11-0 lead before Virginia’s Bjorlo (149) and Foley (157) were each awarded wins by forfeit to make the score 23-0.

UNC-Greensboro won its first match of the dual in the 165 class when Keith Ritter recorded a 15-4 major decision victory over Conor Manley (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) ) to make the score 23-4. Virginia’s Muir the picked-up a forfeit win at 174 to make the score 29-4 before UNC-Greensboro’s Steve McClamrock posted a 13-4 major decision over Peter Kang (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) at 184 to make it a 29-8 contest. The Cavaliers’ Freday was awarded a forfeit win at 197 before UVa’s Etu picked up his second fall of the day by pinning John Kimble at 0:37 in the heavyweight class to make the final score, 41-8.

With the two wins, Virginia improves its overall record to 7-5 on the season. The Cavaliers will return to dual match action on Saturday, February 9th when UVa travels to Norfolk, Va. to face the Old Dominion Monarchs in a non-conference dual. Competition is scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM.

Here is an individual look at all three duals matches from this afternoon:

Team ScoresMillersville	10Virginia		34
Weight	Opponents					Result		Team - UVa/MU125	Brian Sticca (UVa) vs. No Match			Forfeit		6-0133	Joe Alexander (UVa) def. Corey Packer (M'ville)		Fall @ 1:28	12-0141	Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Derek Sola (M'ville)		2-1		15-0149	Paul Bjorlo (UVa) def. Shawn Blanchard (M'ville)	Fall @ 4:23	21-0157	#13 Tim Foley (UVa) def. Craig Pequignot (M'ville)	MD, 19-7	25-0165	Jesse Reed (M'ville) def. Will Durkee (UVa)		4-3		24-3*174	Brian Muir (UVa) def. Curtis Yeager (M'ville)		MD, 14-5	28-3184	Mark Knock (M'ville) def. Ram McDonnell (UVa)	MD, 13-2	28-7197	Adam Schaaf (M'ville) def. Zach Freday (UVa) 		5-0		28-10HWT	Josh Etu (UVa) def. Brian Mielnik (M'ville)		Fall @ 1:16	34-10

* Virginia lost a team point due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by UVa’s Will Durkee.

Team ScoresMillersville		37UNC-Greensboro		10
Weight	Opponents					Result		Team - MU/UNCG125	Tony Stewart (UNCG) vs. No Match			Forfeit		0-6133	David Johnson (UNCG) def. Corey Packer (M'ville)	MD, 18-8	0-10141	Derek Sola (M'ville) def. Wes Gibson (UNCG) 		7-4		3-10149	Codey Ebersol (M'ville) vs. No Match			Forfeit		9-10157	Craig Pequignot (M'ville) vs. No Match			Forfeit		15-10165	Jesse Reed (M'ville) def. Keith Ritter (UNCG)		MD, 15-6	19-10174	Curtis Yeager (M'ville) vs. No Match			Forfeit		25-10184	Mark Knock (M'ville) def. Steve McClamrock (UNCG)	3-2		28-10197	Adam Schaaf (M'ville) vs. No Match 			Forfeit		34-10HWT	Aaron Smith (M'ville) def. John  Kimble (UNCG)	1-1 (rideout)	37-10
Team ScoresUNC-Greensboro		8Virginia			41
Weight	Opponents					Result		Team - UVa/UNCG125	Brian Sticca (UVa) def. Tony Stewart (UNCG)		9-7		3-0133	Joe Alexander (UVa) def. David Johnson (UNCG)	10-4		6-0141	Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Wes Gibson (UNCG)		TF, 20-3		11-0149	Paul Bjorlo (UVa) vs. No Match 			Forfeit		17-0157	#13 Tim Foley (UVa) vs. No Match			Forfeit		23-0165	Keith Ritter (UNCG) def. Conor Manley (UVa)		MD, 15-4	23-4174	Brian Muir (UVa) vs. No Match 			Forfeit		29-4184	Steve McClamrock (UNCG) def. Peter Kang (UVa)	MD, 13-4	29-8197	Zach Freday (UVa) vs. No Match			Forfeit		35-8HWT	Josh Etu (UVa) def. John  Kimble (UNCG)		Fall @ 0:37	41-8

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