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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 17 Virginia wrestling team opened its 2009-10 season with a pair of wins Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium, downing Anderson (S.C.), 37-9, and Campbell, 36-6. The Cavaliers won 16 of their 20 individual matches in the two victories.

Third-ranked Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) had a strong start to his season. The reigning All-American recorded a technical fall and pin at 174 pounds and needed less than a period in both.

Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.) and Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) each recorded a pin and tech fall at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Snyder was making his first appearance as a Cavalier after transferring from Bloomsburg University.

Mike Salopek (R-Fr., North Huntingdon, Pa.) added a pair of wins at 184 pounds, while Kellon Balum (Sr., Herndon, Pa.) posted a fall and major decision at 149.

At 197 pounds, ninth-ranked Brent Jones (Jr., Burke, Va.) needed just 29 seconds to pin Anderson’s Luis Audelo for his 35th career fall, breaking the Virginia school record.

Michael Chaires (R-So., Scotia, N.Y.) made his return to the mat after a year off with an 8-3 decision over Campbell’s Chris Mazzatta in the 165-pound class. Dan Gonsor (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) also looked sharp in coming off a redshirt season as he racked up a tech fall over Campbell’s Jake Fose at 157 pounds.

In a neutral-site match to start the day, Anderson recorded a trio of pins to slip past Campbell, 21-20.

Virginia travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., Nov. 15 to compete in the ACC Challenge. UVa will face No. 16 American, Bucknell and Gardner Webb.

Virginia 37, Anderson (S.C.) 9
125: Matt Snyder (UVa) tech fall Dequan Warner (AU), 19-4; UVa 5-0
133: Christopher Francis (AU) pinned Matt Cubillos (UVa), :35; AU 6-5
141: Derek Valenti (UVa) pinned Melchisedac LaVergne (AU), 1:59; UVa 11-6
149: Kellon Balum (UVa) tech fall Dalton Harper (AU), 16-0; UVa 16-6
157: Jonathan Jackson (AU) dec. Pat Riley (UVa), 4-2 (SV), UVa 16-9
165: Beau Fisher (UVa) dec. Jordan Lide (AU), 7-2; UVa 19-9
174: No. 3 Chris Henrich (UVa) tech fall Trevor Sanford (AU), 17-2; UVa 24-9
184: Mike Salopek (UVa) dec. John Hamrick (AU), 6-0; UVa 27-9
197: No. 9 Brent Jones (UVa) pinned Luis Audelo (AU), :29; UVa 33-9
285: Calvin Cardillo (UVa) major dec. Chase Duke (AU), 8-0; UVa 37-9

Virginia 36, Campbell 6
125: Matt Snyder (UVa) pinned Wes Heavener (CU), 1:23; UVa 6-0
133: Richie Apolinar (CU) dec. Matt Cubillos (UVa), 9-6; UVa 6-3
141: Derek Valenti (UVa) tech fall Ethan Carmody (CU), 15-0; UVa 11-3
149: Kellon Balum (UVa) major dec. Nick Rex (CU), 15-4; UVa 15-3
157: Dan Gonsor (UVa) tech fall Jake Fose (CU), 16-0; UVa 20-3
165: No. 16 Michael Chaires (UVa) dec. Chris Mazzatta (CU), 8-3; UVa 23-3
174: No. 3 Chris Henrich (UVa) pinned Peter Comis (CU), 2:00; UVa 29-3
184: Mike Salopek (UVa) major dec. Derek Tomasone (CU), 17-7; UVa 33-3
197: Parker Burns (CU) dec. No. 9 Brent Jones (UVa), 9-5; UVa 33-6
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) dec. Khiry Reid (CU), 3-2; UVa 36-6

Anderson 21, Campbell 20
125: C.J. Gittens (CU) dec. Dequan Warner (AU), 12-9; CU 3-0
133: Richie Apolinar (CU) dec. Christopher Francis (AU), 12-9; CU 6-0
141: Melchisedac LaVergne (AU) pinned Ethan Carmody (CU), 6:29; 6-6
149: Nick Rex (CU) major dec. Dalton Harper (AU), 18-5; CU 10-6
157: Jonathan Jackson (AU) dec. Jake Fose (CU), 6-2; CU 10-9
165: Chris Mazzatta (CU) dec. Jordan Lide (AU), 7-2; CU 13-9
174: Trevor Sanofrd (AU) pinned Ryan Ham (CU), 4:53; AU 15-13
184: John Hamrick (AU) pinned Derek Tomasone (CU), 5:19; AU 21-13
197: Parker Burns (CU) major dec. Luis Audelo (AU), 13-4; AU 21-17
285: Khiry Reid (CU) dec. Chase Duke (AU), 7-3; AU 21-20

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