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Feb. 11, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. – – Virginia’s Nick Smith posted a fall at 4:50 in the heavyweight class and Damian Johnson had a major decision to lead the Virginia Wrestling Team to a 25-13 win at Duke Saturday night. The Cavaliers (11-5, 3-1 ACC) went 1-1 on the day after falling to NC State, 22-15, earlier on Saturday.

At 125 pounds, Anthony Burke’s 6-3 win over Kellan McKeon gave Virginia a 3-0 lead. After a scoreless first period, Burke took a 3-0 lead in the match with an escape and a takedown. McKeon earned a point on an escape to make it 3-1 at the end of two periods. After closing the score to 3-2, McKeon fell behind 5-2 and could not recover. Burke scored two points on a takedown and was awarded a point for riding time for the 6-3 win.

At 133 pounds, Eric Albright opened with a 5-0 lead over Duke’s Michael Degli Obizzi after a takedown and three back points. Degli Obizzi closed the gap to 5-3 with an escape and a reversal before falling behind 8-3 at the end of two periods. Degli Obizzi scored on a takedown to make it 9-5 late in the third period but could not get any closer as the Cavaliers took a 6-0 lead in the dual meet with Albright’s 9-5 win.

Wes Kuser put the Blue Devils on the board with a 7-2 win over Nick Alparone at 141 pounds. After taking a 3-2 lead into the third period, Kuser added an escape and a takedown to push his lead to 6-2. Kuser was then awarded one point for riding time at the end of the match for the 7-2 victory.

At 149 pounds, Daniel Shvartsman scored on two takedowns to take a 4-1 lead over Drew DiPasquale. DiPasquale managed to close the score to one point after consecutive escapes before falling behind 6-3 after two periods. Shvartsman scored on a reversal to start the final period and added three takedowns on his way to a 15-7 major decision victory. Shvartsman’s major decision victory gave Duke a 7-6 lead in the meet.

Virginia’s Mike Sewell took a 6-3 lead over freshman Cameron Harms early in the second period, scoring on an escape and a takedown. Harms managed to score on an escape to cut the deficit to two at the end of two periods. In the third period, Harms scored on an escape to make it 6-5 before surrendering six of the next eight points to Sewell. Sewell was awarded a point for riding time at the end of the match for a 13-7 victory.

At 165 pounds, Johnson took a 12-3 lead into the final period, scoring on two takedowns and two escapes to go along with six back points to earn the 17-4 major decision over Aaron Glover.

Virginia’s Mike Grogan gave UVa a 16-7 with a 6-4 decision over Levi Craig.

After scoring on two takedowns in the first two periods, Kyle Narkiewicz took a 4-2 lead over Dan Tulley into the final period at 184 pounds. Narkiewicz added an escape to close out the match with a 5-2 win that put the Cavaliers up 16-7.

In the 197-pound bout, Duke sophomore Konrad Dudziak scored the only fall of the night for the Blue Devils, pinning Virginia’s Brent Jones in 4:37. Dudziak’s pin closed Virginia’s lead to 19-13.

Smith answered Dudziak’s pin with a pin of his own in the heavyweight bout. Smith pinned freshman Wade Van Sickle in 4:50 to cap Virginia’s 25-13 win.

The win over the Blue Devils sets up a big meet next Friday night for the Cavaliers. Virginia will host Maryland (4-0) at Memorial Gymnasium for first place in the ACC.

Virginia 25, Duke 13

125: Anthony Burke (Virginia) def. Kellan McKeon (Duke), 6-3 (0-3)

133: Eric Albright (Virginia) def. Michael Degli Obizzi (Duke), 9-5 (0-6)

141: Wes Kuser (Duke) def. Nick Alparone (Virginia), 7-2 (3-6)

149: Daniel Shvartsman (Duke) major decision Drew DiPasquale (Virginia), 15-7 (7-6)

157: Mike Sewell (Virginia) def. Cameron Harms (Duke), 13-7 (7-9)

165: Damian Johnson (Virginia) major decision Aaron Glover (Duke), 17-4 (7-13)

174: Mike Grogan (Virginia) def. Levi Craig (Duke), 6-4 (7-16)

184: Kyle Narkiewicz (Virginia) def. Dan Tulley (Duke), 5-2 (7-19)

197: Konrad Dudziak (Duke) pins Brent Jones (Virginia), 4:37 (13-19)

HWT: Nick Smith (Virginia) pins Wade Van Sickle (Duke), 4:50 (13-25)

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