No. 24 Virginia Wrestling Cruises Past Campbell, 53-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 24th-ranked Virginia wrestling team rolled up the second-most points in program history in a dominating 53-0 victory over Campbell on Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym in Buies Creek, N.C. Virginia swept all 10 weight classes, with nine of the 10 wins resulting in bonus points.
The Cavaliers’ 53-point output marked the second-most points in a dual in school history, matching a 53-point performance against Norfolk State in 1999. It also was the most points Virginia has ever tallied in a road dual and the second-largest margin of victory in program history.
Virginia (8-2) racked up bonus points in the final nine bouts, picking up five falls, two technical falls and a major decision. Campbell (0-3) forfeited at 149 pounds. Only one weight class was decided by decision, the opener of the dual at 125 pounds, where Matt Snyder (R-So., Flemington, N.J.) just missed a major decision with a 9-2 win over Tanner Bidelspach.
Chris Henrich (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.), ranked second nationally at 174 pounds, pinned Peter Comis in just one minute, 44 seconds to push his record to 10-0 this year while recording the 111th win of his career. Now five shy of matching the school wins record, Henrich moved into a tie for third place on the UVa career wins ledger with Rocco Caponi, who ironically was on the opposite sideline Saturday as a Campbell assistant coach.
Henrich’s pin started a string of four straight falls to end the dual for Virginia. No. 19 Jon Fausey (R-Fr., Dalmatia, Pa.) pushed his record to 9-1 with a pin of John Merickel at 184, and Billy Coggins (Fr., Sound Beach, N.Y.) needed just 51 seconds to pin Justin Sparrow at 197. Jack Danilkowicz (R-Sr., Green Oaks, Ill.) wrapped up the Cavaliers’ day at heavyweight with a fall over Parker Burns in 2:31.
Joe Spisak (Fr., Boiling Springs, Pa.) notched a fall over Gabe Gardner at 133 pounds. Freshmen Gus Sako (Cleveland, Ohio) and Conner Miller (Washington, Va.) recorded tech falls at 133 and 165 pounds, respectively, while Shawn Harris (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) picked up a major decision over Jake Fose at 157.
Virginia will break for the holidays next week before returning the following week to compete Dec. 29 and 30 in the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C.
Virginia 53, Campbell 0
125 – No. 19 Matt Snyder (UVa) dec. Tanner Bidelspach (CU), 9-2; UVa 3-0
133 – Joe Spisak (UVa) pinned Gabe Gardner (CU), 1:12; UVa 9-0
141 – Gus Sako (UVa) tech fall Brad Merriman (CU), 4:05; UVa 14-0
149 – Derek Valenti (UVa) won by forfeit; UVa 20-0
157 – Shawn Harris (UVa) major dec. Jake Fose (CU), 10-2; UVa 24-0
165 – Conner Miller (UVa) tech fall Joel Caudill (CU), 5:06; UVa 29-0
174 – No. 2 Chris Henrich (UVa) pinned Peter Comis (CU), 1:44; UVa 35-0
184 – No. 19 Jon Fausey (UVa) pinned John Merickel (CU), 3:21; UVa 41-0
197 – Billy Coggins (UVa) pinned Justin Sparrow (CU), :51; UVa 47-0
285 – Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) pinned Parker Burns (CU), 2:31; UVa 53-0