No. 24 Wrestling Pummels NC State, 45-6
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 24 Virginia wrestling team won nine matches for the second straight match in posting a 45-6 ACC victory at NC State Saturday morning at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. The 45-point effort was Virginia’s most points ever in an ACC dual, topping the previous high of 44, set twice in 1984.
Virginia (16-5, 3-1 ACC) won 38-3 Friday at Duke – its largest margin of victory in an ACC dual since Jan. 21, 1984 (44-3 vs. Georgia Tech). UVa topped that with its 39-point win Saturday. NC State falls to 6-12 overall and 1-3 in ACC duals.
UVa finished its strong weekend with 18 wins in 20 total bouts. Eight of the Cavaliers’ nine victories Saturday resulted in bonus points. UVa’s only loss came when Pat Riley (Sr., Bernardsville, N.J.) was forced to take an injury default after going down late in the first period of his match at 165 pounds against Ray Ward.
Four Virginia wins came by fall. Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.) and Dave Ebbott (R-So., Blue Bell, Pa.) each notched their second pin of the weekend at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively. At 157 pounds, Danny Gonsor (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) recorded the fastest fall of the day, pinning Brett Farina in just 1:06.
At 197 pounds, Brent Jones (Sr., Burke, Va.) earned his school-record 42nd career fall with a pin of KaRonne Jones in 2:29. The win was Jones’ 102nd career victory as he moved into a fourth-place tie on the all-time Virginia wins ledger with Jim Harshaw (1996-99) and Matt Roth (1995-96, 1997-99).
UVa also received technical falls from Ross Gitomer (Sr., Flemington, N.J.) at 125 pounds and third-ranked Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) at 174 pounds. Gitomer picked up his 19th win of the season, while Henrich won his 12th straight match and improved to 27-2 this season.
Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) and Stephen Doty (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) each won by major decision at 141 and 184 pounds, respectively. Valenti improved to 22-6 this season and won for the eighth time in his last nine matches.
UVa’s Jack Danilkowicz (R-Jr., Green Oaks, Ill.) pushed his record to 16-10 this season with a 5-3 decision over Eloheim Palma at heavyweight. Danilkowicz is 9-4 since the start of the new year.
Virginia completes the regular season next Saturday when it plays host to No. 10 Maryland at Memorial Gymnasium.
No. 24 Virginia 45, NC State 6
125: Ross Gitomer (UVa) tech fall Mike Moreno (NCSU), 23-6; UVa 5-0
133: Matt Snyder (UVa) pinned Dale Shull (NCSU), 4:42; UVa 11-0
141: Derek Valenti (UVa) major dec. Scott Norris (NCSU), 12-1; UVa 15-0
149: Dave Ebbott (UVa) pinned Greyson Mills (NCSU), 1:38; UVa 21-0
157: Danny Gonsor (UVa) pinned Brett Farina (NCSU), 1:06; UVa 27-0
165: Ray Ward (NCSU) injury default Pat Riley (UVa), 2:53; UVa 27-6
174: No. 3 Chris Henrich (UVa) tech fall Quinton Godley (NCSU), 16-1; UVa 32-6
184: Stephen Doty (UVa) major dec. Colin Genthert (NCSU), 19-6; UVa 36-6
197: Brent Jones (UVa) pinned KaRonne Jones (NCSU), 2:29; UVa 42-6
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) dec. Eloheim Palma (NCSU), 5-3; UVa 45-6
*Rankings according to InterMat