Wrestling Pounds Appalachian State, 35-9
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia wrestling team won the final eight weight classes in coasting to a 35-9 victory Sunday over Appalachian State at Memorial Gymnasium. Virginia evens its dual-meet record at 7-7, while Appalachian State drops to 5-10.
No. 17 Rocco Caponi (Sr., Uniontown, Ohio) scored a 2-0 win over Dylan Temple at 184 pounds as he won his 102nd career match to move into a third-place tie on the all-time wins ledger at Virginia. He now is tied with Jim Harshaw (1996-99) and Matt Roth (1995-99) for third and needs 10 wins to reach second place.
After falling behind 9-0 after two weight classes on an ASU decision at 125 and a Virginia forfeit at 133, the Cavaliers started their rally with 20th-ranked Nick Nelson (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) winning a 6-3 decision over Mike Kessler at 141 for his third win of the weekend and 20th of the season. Peter Ferrara (Sr., Doylestown, Pa.) followed with a 13-6 decision over ASU’s Savva Kostis to cut the lead to 9-6 before No. 20 Jedd Moore (Fr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) pinned Chip Powell at 157 pounds to give the Cavaliers the lead for good.
Mike Sewell (Sr., Bothell, Wash.) pulled out a 3-2 win over Matt Pletcher in the 165-pound class, then No. 10 Chris Henrich (So., Lansdale, Pa.) pushed his record to 26-1 with a dominating 16-1 technical fall over Mike Whalen as he posted the clinching points for the tech fall just 25 seconds into the second period.
After Caponi’s win at 184 pounds, No. 19 Brent Jones (Jr., Burke, Va.) needed just 2:32 to pin Brett Pritz for his team-best 10th fall of the season. Jones (20-4) now has 32 falls in his career, leaving him two shy of Scott Moore’s school record of 34.
Calvin Cardillo (Jr., Alexandria, Va.) won by forfeit at heavyweight to provide UVa with its final margin of victory, 35-9.
Virginia heads back on the road at 7 p.m. Friday as it opens ACC play at North Carolina. The Cavaliers then head to Campbell on Saturday for a 1 p.m. bout.
Virginia 35, Appalachian State 9
125: Austin Annas (ASU) dec. Wyatt Anderson (UVa), 5-4; UVa 0, ASU 3
133: Frank Celorrio (ASU) wins by forfeit; UVa 0, ASU 9
141: No. 20 Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. Mike Kessler (ASU), 6-3; UVa 3, ASU 9
149: Peter Ferrara (UVa) dec. Savva Kostis (ASU), 13-6; UVa 6, ASU 9
157: No. 20 Jedd Moore (UVa) pinned Chip Powell (ASU), 6:37; UVa 12, ASU 9
165: Mike Sewell (UVa) dec. Kyle Blevins (ASU), 3-2; UVa 15, ASU 9
174: No. 10 Chris Henrich (UVa) tech fall Antionne Jones (ASU), 16-1; UVa 20, ASU 9
184: No. 17 Rocco Caponi (UVa) dec. Dylan Temple (ASU), 2-0; UVa 23, ASU 9
197: No. 19 Brent Jones (UVa) pinned David Pritz (ASU), 2:32; UVa 29, ASU 9
285: Calvin Cardillo (UVa) wins by forfeit; UVa 35, ASU 9