Orange Takes Down Blue 23-3 in Virginia Wrestling Team's Annual Exhibition
Nov. 2, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia wrestling team competed in the annual Orange and Blue exhibition match at Memorial Gymnasium. The Orange squad, coached by UVa assistant Pat McNamara, defeated the Blue squad, coached by Cavalier assistant Jim Stanec, by the score of 23-3. With a shortened exhibition match (there were only six weight classes featured), the Orange team rolled past the Blue squad, conceding only one match in their decisive victory.
Ryan Stewart (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) got things started for the Orange team by posting a 10-3 victory at 125 over Makara Phor (Newport News, Va./Menchville) of the Blue team. Up next at 141, the Orange squad’s Scott Moore (Franklin, Pa./Franklin Academy) nearly put the match out of reach by recording a fall only 1:09 into the first period against Chet Naylor (Dallastown, Pa./McDonogh) of the Blue team. With Moore’s pin, the Orange squad led the Blue team 9-0.
The Blue squad refused to give up though, capturing their only win of the exhibition at 157 when Paul Bjorlo (Reston, Va./South Lakes) defeated Brian Foley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) of the Blue team by the score of 6-2. Brian’s older brother, Tim Foley (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point), then proceeded to secure the Orange squad’s victory by earning a technical fall win over the Blue team’s Conor Manley (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) at 165. After Foley’s 16-1 victory, the Orange team increased their lead to 14-3.
The next match, at 174, was probably the easiest points the Orange squad received, as the Blue team’s Mike Grogan (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) forfeited to Ram McDonnell (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) due to an injury. Finally, the Orange team’s Zach Freday (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) closed out the match with an 11-6 victory over Scott Smith (Columbus, Ohio/The Columbus Academy) of the Blue squad at 197, making the final score 23-3. There were no matches scheduled for the 133, 149, 184 and heavyweight classes in the exhibition. A match-by-match look at the results is listed below.
The Cavaliers will return to regular season action on Saturday, November 8 when UVa travels to East Lansing, Michigan to compete in the Michigan State Open. Competition is scheduled to last all day.
Weight Opponents Score Team Score O/B125 Ryan Stewart (Orange) def. Makara Phor (Blue) 10-3 3-0141 Scott Moore (Orange) def. Chet Naylor (Blue) Fall (@1:09) 9-0157 Paul Bjorlo (Blue) def. Brian Foley (Orange) 6-2 9-3165 Tim Foley (Orange) def. Conor Manley (Blue) TF, 16-1 14-3174 Ram McDonnell (Orange) def. Mike Grogan (Blue) Forfeit 20-3197 Zach Freday (Orange) def. Scott Smith (Blue) 11-6 23-3