Virginia Wrestling Defeats N.C State in ACC Dual, 25-12
Feb. 15, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling team defeated the N.C. State Wolfpack by the score of 25-12 in an Atlantic Coast Conference dual match at UVa’s Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers won seven of the matches ten bouts and cruised to a 13-point victory over the visiting Wolfpack.
Virginia’s Josh Etu (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) defeated LeRoy Harris by the score of 2-1 in the heavyweight class to give the Cavaliers an early 3-0 lead. N.C. State’s George Cintron evened the match at 3-3 in the 125-pound class when he picked up a 9-3 win over Brian Sticca (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem). UVa’s Joe Alexander (Franklin, N.J./Delsea Regional) gave Virginia back the lead at 6-3 when he picked up an 8-3 decision over Daniel Pacitti at 133. The Cavaliers would not surrender the lead the rest of the way, and extended their advantage to 9-3 when Bob Seidel (Wall, N.J./Wall) picked up a 5-2 victory over Ryan McCallum at 141-pounds.
NCSU cut UVa’s lead to 9-6 when the Wolfpack’s Jake Giamoni earned a 6-2 decision over Paul Bjorlo (Reston, Va./South Lakes) at 149. However, Virginia won three consecutive matches to increase its lead, starting with Tim Foley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) pin of Bryant Reams at 1:24 in the 157-pound bout to make it 15-6. UVa’s Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) earned a 1-1 overtime rideout victory over Dustin Kawa at 165-pounds to increase the lead to 18-6 before Brian Muir (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) recorded a 15-4 major decision victory over Courtney Bird at 174-pounds to give the Cavaliers a 22-6 lead.
N.C. State closed the gap to 22-12 when Jon Godwin pinned Scott Mania (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) at 3:49 in the 184-pound match. But it wasn’t enough for the Wolfpack, and UVa’s Zach Freday (Akron, Ohio/Hoover) won the final match at 197-pounds with a 5-4 win over Daniel Humphries to close out the match in winning fashion for the Orange and Blue.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 9-5 overall, 2-0 in the ACC. The loss drops N.C. State’s record to 5-9 overall, 1-3 in the ACC.
The Cavaliers will return to action tonight (Saturday, February 15th) when Virginia hosts the Duke Blue Devils in an ACC dual match. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at UVa’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Here is a look at the results from the match:
Team ScoresN.C. State 12Virginia 25
Weight Opponents Result Team - UVa/NCSUHWT Josh Etu (UVa) def. Leroy Harris (NCSU) 2-1 3-0125 George Citron (NCSU) def. Brian Sticca (UVa) 9-3 3-3133 Joe Alexander (UVa) def. Daniel Pacitti (NCSU) 8-3 6-3141 Bob Seidel (UVa) def. Ryan McCallum (NCSU) 5-2 9-3149 Jake Giamoni (NCSU) def. Paul Bjorlo (UVa) 6-2 9-6157 Tim Foley (UVa) def. Bryant Reams (NCSU) Fall @ 1:24 15-6165 Will Durkee (UVa) def. Dustin Kawa (NCSU) W, 1-1 (Rideout) 18-6174 Brian Muir (UVa) def. Courtney Bird (NCSU) MD, 15-4 22-6184 Jon Godwin (NCSU) def. Scott Mania (UVa) Fall @ 3:49 22-12197 Zach Freday (UVa) def. Daniel Humphries (NCSU) 5-4 25-12
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