No. 21 Wahoos Tangle with NC State Friday Night
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 21st-ranked Virginia wrestling team resumes dual action Friday evening with a 7 p.m. match against North Carolina State at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.
Links to live video will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers last competed in a dual meet on Dec. 18, a 39-3 win at Drexel. UVa took last weekend off after placing sixth out of 22 teams Jan. 2 at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. UVa totaled 82 points, finishing behind five nationally ranked teams in the final team standings.
Six Cavaliers placed in their respective weight classes, highlighted by a third-place finish at 141 pounds by Nick Nelson (R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.). Matt Snyder (R-Jr., Lewistown, Pa.), and Nick Sulzer (R-Fr., Cleveland, Ohio) took fifth place at 125 and 165 pounds, respectively, while Gus Sako (So., Cleveland, Ohio) and Jedd Moore (R-Jr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) nabbed seventh at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Joseph Martinez (Fr., Platteville, Colo.) finished eighth at 133.
The featured match Friday will come at 141 pounds, where No. 10 Nick Nelson (17-2) is slated to match up with No. 18 Darrius Little (23-9) of NC State. Little was the runner-up at 141 at the Southern Scuffle, while Nelson placed third. The two last met in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament, with Little scoring a 5-2 win.
The 125-pound matchup also figures to be a battle, with Snyder, ranked 11th nationally this week by InterMat, facing NC State freshman Coltin Fought, who owns a 19-4 record this year. The two had a tight bout earlier this season in the championship of the NC State Open, with Snyder squeezing out a 7-5 victory. Snyder is 13-3 this year.
NC State will be opening its ACC schedule Friday. The Wolfpack took 14th place at the Southern Scuffle last week and owns 3-2 in dual matches this year. Little leads the team in wins, while Quinton Godley is 22-8 at 174 pounds.
NC State owns a 33-31-1 edge in the dual series with Virginia, although the Cavaliers have captured the last four meetings, including a 26-12 victory on Jan. 15, 2011, in the teams’ last match.
Virginia starts a four-match homestand next weekend, entertaining North Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 20) and Duke at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 21).
125: No. 11 Matt Snyder
133: Matt Nelson
141: No. 10 Nick Nelson
149: Gus Sako
157: Jedd Moore
165: No. 15 Nick Sulzer
174: Vinny Waldhauser
184: No. 14 Jon Fausey
197: Ryan Malo
285: Derek Papagianopoulos or Ethan Hayes
125: Coltin Fought
133: Ben Elliott
141: No. 18 Darrius Little
149: Thomas Gantt or Matt Nereim
157: Colton Palmer
165: Nijel Jones
174: Quinton Godley
184: Robert O’Neill
197: KaRonne Jones
285: Josh Davis