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Nov. 10, 2012


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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The 16th-ranked Virginia wrestling team dominated its competition Saturday at the Movember Duals, defeating George Mason, 41-3, and host Gardner-Webb, 36-3, in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Cavaliers (5-0) won nine of 10 bouts in each match.

“The guys wrestled really well today,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “I saw a lot of guys looking to score points in bunches, and that’s something we’ve been working on. I was really excited with what we did from the top position. We had a lot of guys finishing off matches with pins, starting with Matt Snyder who had two pins and Jedd Moore, who looked phenomenal for the second week in a row.

“All in all, it was a great day. We got a great day’s work in, and now we need to focus on Cumberland and Iowa (next week) and the matches coming up. We have our work cut out for us.”

Eight Cavaliers won a pair of matches Saturday. Seventh-ranked Matt Snyder (R-Sr., Lewistown, Pa.) pinned both of his foes, while Jedd Moore (R-Sr., Mount Vernon, Ohio), Nick Sulzer (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio), Jon Fausey (R-Jr., Dalmatia, Pa.) all recorded bonus points in both of their victories.

Virginia travels to the UTC Duals next Friday (Nov. 16) in Chattanooga. The Cavaliers will wrestle Cumberland at 2 p.m. and No. 4 Iowa at 4:30 p.m.

Virginia 41, George Mason 3
The Cavaliers scored six bonus-point victories – three by fall – in rolling to the win over George Mason (0-2). UVa went through a dominating stretch beginning at 149 pounds, with Derek Valenti (R-Sr., Newton, N.J.) recording a major decision before Moore pinned Jaaziah Bethea, Sulzer and Fausey notched back-to-back technical falls and Stephen Doty (R-Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) pinned Coriston Smith.

Virginia went to sudden victory time to secure wins in the final two bouts. At 197 pounds Mike Salopek (R-Sr., North Huntingdon, Pa.) scored a takedown in the first overtime to capture a 5-3 win over Matt Meadows. In the final bout, Patrick Gillen (R-Fr., Shelton, Conn.) recorded the winning takedown in sudden victory time to notch a 3-1 decision over Jacob Kettler.

125 – No. 7 Matt Snyder (UVa) pinned Robert Dooley (GMU), 1:10; UVa 6-0
133Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. Zach Isenhour (GMU), 6-2; UVa 9-0
141 – Sahid Kargbo (GMU) dec. David Wesley (UVa), 7-3; UVa 9-3
149 – No. 10 Derek Valenti (UVa) major dec. Gregory Flournoy (GMU), 13-2; UVa 13-0
157Jedd Moore (UVa) pinned Jaaziah Bethea (GMU), 2:49; UVa 19-3
165 – No. 9 Nick Sulzer (UVa) tech fall Kenton Perez (GMU), 18-2 (4:41); UVa 24-3
174 – No. 9 Jon Fausey (UVa) tech fall Ryan Hembury (GMU), 17-2 (4:56); UVa 29-3
184Stephen Doty (UVa) pinned Coriston Smith (GMU), 2:58; UVa 35-3
197Mike Salopek (UVa) dec. Matt Meadows (GMU), 5-3 (SV1); UVa 38-3
285Patrick Gillen (UVa) dec. Jacob Kettler (GMU), 3-1 (SV1); UVa 41-3

Virginia 36, Gardner-Webb 3
The Cavaliers continued to roll in their second match of the day against the host Bulldogs (1-1). UVa won the first nine matches – five resulting in bonus points – before former NCAA qualifier Travis Porter earned won by decision over Gillen at heavyweight.

Moore earned the Cavaliers’ top win of the day with a 10-0 major decision over former NCAA qualifier Alex Medved, while Derek Valenti (R-Sr., Newton, N.J.) captured a 5-0 win over Ryan Medved, a fellow NCAA qualifier.

125 – No. 7 Matt Snyder (UVa) pinned Tyler Ziegler (GWU), 3:47; UVa 6-0
133Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. Robbie Golde (GWU), 2-0; UVa 9-0
141Jimmy Nehls (UVa) dec. Davante Andujar (GWU), 8-3; UVa 12-0
149 – No. 10 Derek Valenti (UVa) dec. Ryan Medved (GWU), 5-0; UVa 15-0
157Jedd Moore (UVa) major dec. Alex Medved (GWU), 10-0; UVa 19-0
165 – No. 9 Nick Sulzer (UVa) major dec. Justin Guthrie (GWU), 22-9; UVa 23-0
174 – No. 9 Jon Fausey (UVa) pinned Aaron Rabin (GWU), 1:16; UVa 29-0
184Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Gray Jones (GWU), 9-2; UVa 32-0
197Mike Salopek (UVa) major dec. Blake Salyer (GWU), 14-1; UVa 36-0
285 – Travis Porter (GWU) dec. Patrick Gillen (UVa), 6-0; UVa 36-3

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