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Feb. 18, 2007

Charlottesville, VA – Before a capacity crowd at Memorial Gymnasium, second-ranked Iowa State won nine of 10 matches to defeat the Virginia wrestling team 37-3. The match was UVa’s final regular-season contest and gave the Cavaliers a 7-10 record heading into the ACC Championships. Iowa State improved to 13-3 in dual matches.

Kellon Balum recorded Virginia’s lone win at 141 pounds with a 7-3 decision against the Cyclones’ Joey DeMarie. Balum scored one take down in all three periods and held a three-minute riding time advantage to pick up the victory.

Iowa State started the match with a pair of decisions at 125 and 133. Nick Fanthorpe, ranked sixth in the 125 weight class, defeated UVa’s Ross Gitomer 4-1 to end Gitomer’s six-match win streak. Gitomer will enter the ACC Championships with a 20-13 record.

Nick Gallick defeated Eric Albright 11-9 for the Cyclones’ second win. Gallick managed a take down with just over a minute remaining in the third period to take the lead from Albright who led 9-7 after two periods. Cyler Sanderson, ranked 14th, defeated Drew DiPasquale 12-8 at 149 to improve Iowa State’s lead to 9-3.

Cyclone twins Trent and Travis Paulson won back-to-back matches by fall at 157 and 165 to give Iowa State a 21-3 advantage. Trent Paulson pinned Mike Sewell at the 1:32 mark and his brother, Travis, managed a fall against Matt Federici at 165 pounds at the 5:18 mark. He led 16-4 at the time of the pin. Both Paulsons are ranked third in their respective division.

Federici was wrestling for just the fifth time this season for UVa. Virginia competed without three of its regular starters who are out of the lineup due to injuries. Damian Johnson did not wrestle at 165, Rocco Caponi was out of the lineup at 184 and Kyle Narkiewicz missed the match at 197.

Iowa State’s Grant Turner defeated UVa’s Mike Grogan 8-3 at 174, Kurt Backes scored a 13-0 major decision versus the Cavaliers’ Calvin Cardillo at 197 and No. 15 David Zabriskie scored an 8-3 decision against UVa’s Scott Smith to close out the match. The Cyclones Jake Varner won at 184 by forfeit.

The match drew a crowd of 700, the largest attendance for a Cavalier home match since Memorial Gymnasium was renovated in 2003.

Virginia competes at the ACC Championships at NC State in Raleigh March 3.

Sunday’s match was webcast by ACC Select. An archive of the event is available at

Virginia-Iowa State Dual
February 18, 2007
Charlottesville, VA

Iowa State 37, Virginia 3

125: No. 6 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) dec. Ross Gitomer (UVa, 4-1 ISU 3-0133: Nick Gallick (ISU) dec. Eric Albright (UVa), 11-9 ISU 6-0141: Kellon Balum (UVa) dec. Joey DeMarie (ISU), 7-3 ISU 6-3149: No. 14 Cyler Sanderson (ISU) dec. Drew DiPasquale (UVa), 12-8 ISU 9-3157: No. 3 Trent Paulson (ISU) fall Mike Sewell (UVa), 1:32 ISU 15-3165: No. 3 Travis Paulson (ISU) fall Matt Federici (UVa), 5:18 ISU 21-3174: Grant Turner (ISU) dec. Mike Grogan (UVa), 8-3 ISU 24-3184: No. 6 Jake Varner (ISU) by forfeit ISU 30-3197: Kurt Backes (ISU) major dec. Calvin Cardillo (UVa), 13-0 ISU 34-3HWT: No. 15 David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. Scott Smith (UVa), 8-3 ISU 37-3

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