No. 21 Virginia Wrestling Downs No. 14 Kent State, Edinboro, The Citadel
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 21 Virginia wrestling team ran its dual record to 6-0 with a trio of victories Saturday at The Duals at Hershey, held at Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa.
Virginia scored an 18-13 win over No. 14 Kent State, marking the highest ranked opponent UVa has ever defeated. Virginia followed that up with a 25-13 win over Edinboro for the Cavaliers’ first-ever win over the Fighting Scots. UVa opened the day with a 32-6 triumph over The Citadel.
Nick Nelson (R-Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), Chris Henrich (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) and Jon Fausey (R-Fr., Dalmatia, Pa.) each swept their three matches Saturday at 141, 174 and 184 pounds, respectively. With his three victories Saturday, Henrich moved to 107 career wins and needs one victory to match Brent Jones (108, 2005-10) for fourth place in UVa history.
After starting the day with a win over The Citadel, the Cavaliers followed with an impressive victory over Kent State for UVa’s first win in six tries against the Golden Flashes. Virginia won six of their 10 matches. After the Cavaliers lost at 125 pounds to start the match, UVa ran off four straight wins by decision, culminated by a Shawn Harris (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) 11-7 victory over No. 19 Matt Cathell at 157. The Golden Flashes are the highest-ranked foe UVa has ever defeated, topping the Cavaliers’ win over then-No. 16 American last season.
Virginia finished the day with a win over Edinboro, whom the Cavaliers were 0-3-1 against previously. UVa also won six of 10 bouts against the Fighting Scots, including falls from Henrich and Fausey. The Fighting Scots held a 13-7 lead through six matches before UVa stormed back to win the final four weight classes.
Henrich pinned Chris Hrunka in 2:06, and Fausey followed with a pin of Ken Massey in just 49 seconds. Mike Salopek (R-So., North Huntingdon, Pa.) then won by decision at 197 before heavyweight Jack Danilkowicz (R-Sr., Green Oaks, Ill.) pulled out a 5-3 win over Ernest James in sudden victory time.
In the opener against The Citadel, the Cavaliers won eight of 10 bouts to cruise to the win. UVa’s lone losses each came in sudden victory time. Of the Cavaliers’ eight wins, six resulted in bonus points, with Fausey and Danilkowicz each recording tech falls.
Virginia is off next weekend but returns to dual-meet competition on Nov. 28 at the Northeast Duals. The Cavaliers will wrestle Columbia, Lehigh and Pittsburgh.
No. 21 Virginia 32, The Citadel 6
125: Matt Snyder (UVa) dec. Tyler Sim (Citadel), 5-2; UVa 3-0
133: Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. Richard Alarcon Jr. (Citadel), 7-2; UVa 6-0
141: No. 16 Nick Nelson (UVa) major dec. Jordan Dix (Citadel), 12-3; UVa 10-0
149: Derek Royster (Citadel) dec. No. 19 Derek Valenti (UVa), 6-4 (SV); UVa 10-3
157: Shawn Harris (UVa) major dec. Pierre Frazile (Citadel), 8-0; UVa 14-3
165: Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (Citadel) dec. Conner Miller (UVa), 6-5 (SV); UVa 14-6
174: No. 2 Chris Henrich (UVa) major dec. James Oddo (Citadel), 13-2; UVa 18-6
184: Jon Fausey (UVa) tech fall Justin Sparrow (Citadel), 16-0 (4:13); UVa 23-6
197: No. 17 Mike Salopek (UVa) major dec. Kelby Smith (Citadel), 10-1; UVa 27-6
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) tech fall Luke Johnson (Citadel), 18-1 (6:48); UVa 32-6
No. 21 Virginia 18, No. 14 Kent State 13
125: No. 6 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) dec. Matt Snyder (UVa), 7-2; KSU 3-0
133: Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. Tyler Small (KSU), 5-2; Tied 3-3
141: No. 16 Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. Chase Skonieczny (KSU), 3-2; UVa 6-3
149: No. 19 Derek Valenti (UVa) dec. Tommy Sasfy (KSU), 2-0, UVa 9-3
157: Shawn Harris (UVa) dec. No. 19 Matt Cathell (KSU), 11-7; UVa 12-3
165: Ross Tice dec. Conner Miller (UVa), 7-3; UVa 12-6
174: No. 2 Chris Henrich (UVa) dec. Brandon Johnson (KSU), 10-3; UVa 15-6
184: Jon Fausey (UVa) dec. Casey Newburg (KSU), 6-2; UVa 18-6
197: No. 3 Dustin Kilgore (KSU) major dec. No. 17 Mike Salopek (UVa), 9-1; UVa 18-10
285: No. 13 Brendan Barlow (KSU) dec. Jack Danilkowicz (UVa), 3-2; UVa 18-13
No. 21 Virginia 25, Edinboro 13
125: Matt Snyder (UVa) dec. Evan Yenolevich (Edinboro), 8-6; UVa 3-0
133: Eric Morrill (Edinboro) dec. Joe Spisak (UVa), 5-1; Tied 3-3
141: No. 16 Nick Nelson (UVa) major dec. Vinny Pisani (Edinboro), 14-4; UVa 7-3
149: No. 9 Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro) dec. No. 19 Derek Valenti (UVa), 5-1; UVa 7-6
157: Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) dec. Shawn Harris (UVa), 9-4; Edinboro 9-7
165: Matt Laird (Edinboro) major dec. Conner Miller (UVa), 10-2; Edinboro 13-7
174: No. 2 Chris Henrich (UVa) pinned Chris Hrunka (Edinboro), 2:06; Tied 13-13
184: Jon Fausey (UVa) pinned Ken Massey (Edinboro), :49; UVa 19-13
197: No. 17 Mike Salopek (UVa) dec. Shawn Fendone (Edinboro), 4-2; UVa 22-13
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) dec. Ernest James (Edinboro), 5-3 (SV); UVa 25-13
Rankings are according to InterMat