No. 21 Virginia Wrestling Dominates No. 23 ODU, George Mason
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 21 Virginia wrestling team concluded its regular season Sunday with a pair of dominating wins at Memorial Gymnasium. Virginia won nine of the 10 weight classes against No. 23 Old Dominion in a 31-3 victory, then captured eight weight classes in a 29-7 triumph over George Mason.
Virginia finished its regular season with an 11-1 dual record. The Cavaliers’ .917 winning percentage goes down as the best mark in program history. UVa’s previous top winning percentage was .846 in 1974 when the Cavaliers went 11-2.
Prior to the ODU match, Virginia held Senior Day ceremonies. Four Cavaliers were honored – Shawn Harris (Cleveland, Ohio), Sam MacGregor (Fredericksburg, Va.), Ryan Malo (Georgetown, Mass.) and Nick Nelson (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Six Cavaliers recorded two wins on the day, including four who currently reside in InterMat’s individual top 20 – No. 11 Matt Snyder (R-Jr., Lewistown, Pa.) at 125 pounds, No. 7 Nick Nelson at 141, No. 20 Gus Sako (So., Cleveland, Ohio) at 149, No. 16 Nick Sulzer (R-Fr., Cleveland, Ohio) at 165, Vinny Waldhauser (Fr., El Dorado Hills, Calif.) at 174 and Derek Papagianopoulos (R-Fr., Burlington, Mass.) at heavyweight.
Seven of the Cavaliers’ nine wins against the Monarchs (13-10) came by decision. Jedd Moore (R-Jr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) recorded a 19-7 major decision over Jacob Kingett at 157 pounds, while Snyder earned a win by forfeit at 125. At 165 Sulzer picked up a good win, 4-1, over Tristan Warner, who was No. 21 in the latest NCAA Coaches Rankings.
Nelson (22-2) earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Justin LaVelle at 141 pounds; LaVelle is No. 26 at 141 in the latest NCAA Coaches Rankings.
The Cavaliers sat three of their starters against George Mason (6-16) and rolled to the win. Snyder earned a solid 7-4 decision over Vince Rodriguez at 125. Billy Coggins (So., Sound Beach, N.Y.) wrestled up a weight class at 184 and notched an 11-10 victory over Ryan Hembury.
Virginia has next weekend off as it prepares for the ACC Championships, which are slated for March 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 21 Virginia 31, No. 23 Old Dominion 3
125: No. 11 Matt Snyder (UVa) won by forfeit; UVa 6-0
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. No. 20 Matt Nelson (UVa), 6-4; UVa 6-3
141: No. 7 Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. Justin LaValle (ODU), 1-0; UVa 9-3
149: No. 20 Gus Sako (UVa) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 8-1; UVa 12-3
157: Jedd Moore (UVa) major dec. Jacob Kingett (ODU), 19-7; UVa 16-3
165: No. 16 Nick Sulzer (UVa) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU), 4-1; UVa 19-3
174: Vinny Waldhauser (UVa) dec. Brett Miller (ODU), 10-4; UVa 22-3
184: No. 14 Jon Fausey (UVa) dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 4-1; UVa 25-3
197: Ryan Malo (UVa) dec. Joe Budi (ODU), 4-0; UVa 28-3
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU), 8-3; UVa 31-3
No. 21 Virginia 29, George Mason 7
125: No. 11 Matt Snyder (UVa) dec. Vince Rodriguez (GMU), 7-4; UVa 3-0
133: Joseph Martinez (UVa) dec. Zach Isenhour (GMU), 5-0; UVa 6-0
141: No. 7 Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. Denny Herndon (GMU), 4-1; UVa 9-0
149: No. 20 Gus Sako (UVa) pinned Kevin Timothy (GMU), 6:34; UVa 15-0
157: Shohei Takagi (GMU) dec. Sam MacGregor (UVa), 6-1; UVa 15-3
165: No. 16 Nick Sulzer (UVa) major dec. Ty Knepp (GMU), 21-9; UVa 19-3
174: Vinny Waldhauser (UVa) major dec. Seth Robertson (GMU), 14-1; 23-3
184: Billy Coggins (UVa) dec. Ryan Hembury (GMU), 11-10; UVa 26-3
197: Bagna Tovuujav (GMU) major dec. Ryan Malo (UVa), 17-5; UVa 26-7
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) dec. Adam Barnette (GMU), 9-3; UVa 29-7