No. 21 Cavaliers Tackle No. 23 ODU, George Mason on Senior Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 21 Virginia wrestling team wraps up the regular season Sunday with a pair of duals at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers will wrestle No. 23 Old Dominion at 2 p.m. and finish the day with a 4 p.m. dual against George Mason.
Prior to the ODU match, Virginia will conduct Senior Day ceremonies. Four Cavaliers and their families will be honored – Shawn Harris (Cleveland, Ohio), Sam MacGregor (Fredericksburg, Va.), Ryan Malo (Georgetown, Mass.) and Nick Nelson (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Admission to both matches is free of charge. Free parking is available in the Culbreath Road Garage.
Virginia (9-1) has won seven-consecutive dual matches following a 29-12 win over Southern Conference champion Appalachian State last Saturday in Boone, N.C. The Cavaliers claimed victories in seven of 10 weight classes in a dominating team win over the Mountaineers.
UVa scored bonus points in four of its wins, highlighted by a Vinny Waldhauser (Fr., El Dorado Hills, Calif.) pin of Jesse Johnson at 174 pounds. UVa also racked up a technical fall and two major decisions. Virginia was missing three of its ranked starters, who sat out with injuries.
The Cavaliers have a season-high six wrestlers in the InterMat individual rankings this week, as Gus Sako (So., Cleveland, Ohio) made his first career appearance in the 149-pound standings with a No. 20 ranking. Matt Snyder (R-Jr., Lewistown, Pa.) is No. 11 at 125, Matt Nelson (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) is No. 20 at 133, Nick Nelson is No. 7 at 141, Nick Sulzer (R-Fr., Cleveland, Ohio) is No. 16 at 165 and Jon Fausey (R-So., Dalmatia, Pa.) is No. 14 at 184.
With the NCAA tournament selection coming in just over two weeks, UVa has seven wrestlers ranked among the top 33 in the second edition of the NCAA Coaches Rankings, which is one of the key factors used in the selection process. In addition to the six InterMat-ranked wrestlers, Jedd Moore (R-Jr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) is also in the coaches rankings, with a No. 22 standing at 157 pounds.
Snyder is No. 11 at 125, Matt Nelson is No. 21 at 133, Nick Nelson is No. 8 at 141, Sako is No. 21 at 149, Sulzer is No. 16 at 165 and Fausey is No. 14 at 184.
Old Dominion is 13-9 in duals this year following a 29-9 loss at No. 19 Binghamton on Friday evening. Te Edwards is ranked No. 14 by InterMat at 174 pounds with a 19-3 record. Edwards holds a No. 13 standing in the coaches rankings and is joined by four teammates – Jerome Robinson (29th at 125), Justin LaValle (26th at 141), John Nicholson (23rd at 157) and Tristan Warner (21st at 165).
Prior to visiting Charlottesville, the Monarchs will wrestle at No. 19 Binghamton Friday night. UVa holds a 23-14 edge in the all-time series following a 25-11 victory last season in Norfolk.
George Mason owns a 6-15 record following a 30-10 home loss to No. 17 Maryland on Thursday. The Cavaliers lead their series with GMU, 5-4, and topped the Patriots 38-7 last year in Fairfax.
Virginia has next weekend off as it prepares for the ACC Championships, which are slated for March 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Virginia Cavaliers (9-1)
125: No. 11 Matt Snyder (18-3)
133: No. 20 Matt Nelson (15-3)
141: No. 7 Nick Nelson (21-2)
149: No. 20 Gus Sako (16-5)
157: Jedd Moore (18-5)
165: No. 16 Nick Sulzer (20-6)
174: Vinny Waldhauser (18-13)
184: No. 14 Jon Fausey (18-3)
197: Ryan Malo (15-11)
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (9-2)
Old Dominion Monarchs (13-9)
125: Jerome Robinson (14-7) or Rob Deutsch (19-8)
133: Scott Festejo (19-14) or Eric Dunnet (2-7)
141: Justin LaValle (21-12) or Jacob Kingett (6-12) or Taylor Moeder (20-12)
149: Brennan Brumley (13-14) or Chris Mecate (17-12)
157: John Nicholson (23-5) or Pete Baldwin (15-8)
165: Tristan Warner (25-11) or Brett Miller (16-11)
174: No. 14 Te Edwards (19-3)
184: Billy Curling (19-15) or Austin Coburn (11-9)
197: Joe Budi (19-10)
285: Matt Tourdot (20-12) or Grant Chapman (4-7)
George Mason Patriots (6-15)
125: Vince Rodriguez (15-7)
133: Zach Isenhour (11-16)
141: Denny Herndon (8-12)
149: Kevin Timothy (4-7)
157: Jaaziah Bethea (11-17) or Shohei Takagi (5-12)
165: Ty Knepp (11-14)
174: Steve Swayze (1-17) or Seth Robertson (1-5)
184: Ryan Hembury (8-11)
197: Bagna Tovuujav (15-3)
285: Adam Barnette (8-14)
individual rankings according to InterMat