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Nov. 3, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 16 Virginia wrestling team opened the 2012-13 campaign with three victories in its season-opening quad meet, defeating Anderson (37-12), Ohio (34-6), and Chattanooga (27-9).

“This was a huge win out of the gate, starting the season with victories over three quality teams, especially Chattanooga,” said head coach Steve Garland. “There were a lot of good matchups out there and I was pleased with how we did here in our first week. Our schedule is definitely built with challenges for us. The team that we are now is going to be much different than the team we will be in January and February. The important thing for us this year is to not get too far ahead of ourselves or too high on the highs and too low on the lows. We really want to stay in the middle.”

In the most anticipated match of the day, Matt Snyder (R-Sr., Lewistown, Pa.), ranked No. 9 in the preseason InterMat rankings, defeated Chattanooga’s 14th-ranked Nick Soto, 6-1, at 125 pounds. Snyder also won by forfeit at 125 pounds in the Ohio meet.

In the opening bout, Virginia defeated Anderson, 37-12, with the Cavaliers winning eight of the ten bouts with Nick Herrmann, Jimmy Nehls and Zach Nye and each winning by pinning their opponents. Dusty Floyd earned a major decision.

In the middle bout, Virginia defeated Ohio, 34-6 with Jon Fausey pinning his opponent. Jedd Moore, Nick Sulzer, Stephen Doty, and Mike Salopek won by major decisions.

The Cavaliers closed out the day with a 27-9 victory over Chattanooga. Fausey and Doty earned their second major decisions of the day. Moore and Sulzer earned technical falls at 157 and 165 pounds.

“We had a lot of guys who stars really shined bright today,” Garland said. “The win for Matt Snyder was great. Sulzer, Fausey and Doty all did a great job today. Jedd Moore was probably the best of the bunch. He was totally dominant today. Overall, our core group of guys did great.”

The Cavaliers hit the road for the first time next Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Gardner-Webb Duals. UVa will take on George Mason at 9 a.m. and the host Bulldogs at 11 a.m.

Complete Results

Virginia 37, Anderson  12125- Nick Herrmann(UVa) pinned Keenan Simmons(Anderson), 4:28133- Joe Spisak(UVa) dec Zach Hale(Anderson) 9-7141- Jimmy Nehls(UVa) pinned Brandon Benitez(Anderson), 1:35149- Dan Telhada(Anderson) pinned Chris Yankowich(UVa), 3:53157- Blaise Butler(UVa) dec. Nick Giuliette(Anderson), 5-3165- MJ Roberson(UVa) dec. Dennis Rhodes(Anderson), 7-3174- Dusty Floyd(UVa) major dec. Jake Allen(Anderson), 11-2184- Zach Nye(UVa) pinned Donnee Grase(Anderson), 4:29197- Spencer Foucher(Anderson) pinned Cameron King(UVa), 2:34285- Derek Papagianopoulos(UVa) pinned Zach Newton(Anderson), :46

Chattanooga 21, Ohio 12125- Nick Soto(Chattanooga) won by forfeit133- Marvin Lopez(Chattanooga) dec. Thomas McLaughlin(OU), 6-1141- Dean Pavlon(Chattanooga) dec. Kagan Squire(OU), 6-1149- Andrew Romanchik(OU) dec. Alex Hudson(Chattanooga), 8-3157- Trey Starvum(Chattanooga) dec. Zach Rohr(OU), 3-1165- Harrison Hightower(OU) dec. John Lampe(Chattanooga), 5-4174- Cody Walters(OU) dec. Jake Young(Chattanooga), 3-1184- Robert Prigmore(Chattanooga) dec. Ryan Garringer(OU), 3-0197- Niko Brown(Chattanooga) dec. Phil Wellington(OU), 2-1285- Jeremy Johnson(OU) dec. Kevin Malone(Chattanooga), 3-1

Virginia 34 Ohio 6125- Matt Snyder(UVa) wins by forfeit133- Nick Herrmann(UVa) dec. Joe Munos(OU), 4-3141- Kagan Squire(OU) dec. Justin Van Hoose(UVa), 5-2149- Derek Valenti(UVa) dec. Andrew Romanchik(OU), 1-0157- Jedd Moore(UVa) major dec. Zach Rohr(OU), 17-7165- Nick Sulzer(UVa) major dec. Harrison Hightower(OU), 13-3174- Jon Fausey(UVa) pinned Michael Duckworth(OU), :19184- Stephen Doty(UVa) major dec. Ryan Garringer(OU), 14-2197- Mike Salopek(UVa) major dec. Phil Wellington(OU), 11-3285- Jeremy Johnson(OU) dec. Derek Papagianopoulos(UVa), 7-5

Chattanooga 37, Anderson 6125- Nick Soto(Chattanooga) pinned Keenan Simmons(Anderson), 1st period133- Zak Hale(Anderson) dec. Alex Ward(Chattanooga), 4-3141- Austin Sams(Chattanooga) major dec. Brandon Benitez(Anderson), 16-5149- Dan Telhada(Anderson) dec. Jared Presley(Chattanooga), 7-1157- Trey Stavrum(Chatanooga) major dec. Kevin Johnson(Anderson), 18-5165- Sean Mappes(Chattanooga) dec. Nick Giuliette(Anderson), 7-0174- Jake Young(Chattanooga) major dec. Jacob Allen(Anderson), 11-0184- John Shrader(Chattanooga) major dec. Zack Farmer(Anderson), 12-4197- Niko Brown(Chattanooga) pinned Spencer Foucher(Anderson), 3:53285- Caleb Denny(Chattanooga) pinned Zach Newton(Anderson), 2:08

Virginia 27, Chattanooga 9125- Matt Snyder(UVa) dec. Nick Soto(Chattanooga), 7-1133- Joe Spisak(UVa) dec. Marvin Lopez(Chattanooga) 7-2141- Dean Pavlou(Chattanooga) dec. David Wesley(UVa), 6-2149- Derek Valenti(UVa) dec Alex Hudson(Chattanooga), 7-3157- Jedd Moore(UVa) tech fall Trey Stavrum(Chattanooga), 23-8165- Nick Sulzer(UVa) tech fall John Lampe(Chattanooga), 25-10174- Jon Fausey(UVa) major dec. Jake Young(Chattanooga), 13-4184- Stephen Doty(UVa) major dec. Robert Prigmore(Chattanooga), 10-1197- Niko Brown(Chattanooga) dec. Mike Salopek(UVa), 4-2 SV285- Kevin Malone(Chattanooga) dec. Derek Papagianopoulos(UVa), 3-1

Ohio 37, Anderson 13125- Keenan Simmons(Anderson) wins by forfeit133- Zach Hale(Anderson) dec. Thomas McLaughlin(OU), 9-6141- Kagan Squire(OU) pinned Brandon Benetiz(Anderson), 1:07149- Dan Telhada(Anderson) major dec. Gavin Moore(OU), 9-0157- Spartak Chino(OU) dec. Nick Giuliette(Anderson), 11-5165- Harrison Hightower(OU) pinned Dennis Rhodes(Anderson), :50174- Cody Walters(OU) pinned Dennis Rhodes(Anderson), 4:23184- Michael Duckworth(OU) pinned Donnee Grase(Anderson), 3rd period197- Phil Wellington(OU) major dec. Spencer Foucher(Anderson), 15-7285- Jeremy Johnson(OU) pinned Zach Newton(Anderson), 1st period

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