Wrestling Participates in Nittany Lion Open Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia wrestling team travels to the Nittany Lion Open Sunday at Penn State’s Rec Hall in State College, Pa. The open marks the final competition for the Cavaliers before they embark on finals week and the holiday season.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will run all day. Fans can get live Internet updates at GoPSUsports.com or www.gimpsoftware.com/LiveResults/2007NLO.htm.
Virginia will bring nearly the entire team to compete either attached or unattached. Many of the nation’s top programs also will be sending representatives for the event, including several ranked teams No. 13 Cornell, No. 15 Edinboro, No. 24 Maryland, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 25 Old Dominion and No. 6 Penn State.
The Cavaliers concluded their successful month of November last Saturday by winning two of three dual meets at the Journeyman/Brute Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Cavaliers opened with a 23-12 win over Lehigh before thumping Clarion, 30-10, in their second dual. In the finale, Virginia (7-1) dropped a 25-10 decision to fifth-ranked Michigan.
With their seven dual-meet wins this year, the Cavaliers already have matched their dual-meet win total of 2006-07 when the team went 7-10.
Rocco Caponi (Jr., Uniontown, Ohio) earned three wins last week to up his record to 11-0 this year. Currently ranked eighth nationally, Caponi downed No. 12 David Craig of Lehigh, pinned Clarion’s Scott Joseph and earned a major decision over Michigan’s Jordan Sherrod.
Eric Albright (Jr., York, Pa.), ranked ninth in the country, also had three wins. He earned decisions over Lehigh’s Kevin Vinh (3-2) and Michigan’s Chris Diehl (8-3) and pinned Clarion’s Tony Lascari.
Virginia will have 27 days off before its next competition, the Southern Scuffle, Dec. 29-30 in Greensboro, N.C.