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Feb. 9, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 11 Virginia wrestling team rolled to a 42-0 win over Appalachian State Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (14-3) racked up seven bonus-point wins and did not allow an offensive point in any of their 10 bouts against the Mountaineers (6-6).

“There were a lot of good things that happened today,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “I’m really happy with our team’s performance. I could go up and down the lineup and talk about all the great things that we accomplished. Tomorrow is another big one for us with Old Dominion, and it’s Senior Day.”

No. 10 Matt Snyder (R-Sr., Lewistown, Pa.) moved into the top 10 in career wins at Virginia by pinning Dominic Parisi at 125 pounds. No. 20 Derek Valenti (R-Sr., Newton, N.J.) earned his 90th career win with a victory over Zach Kechter at 149 pounds.

UVa posted a pair a pins, a technical fall and four major decisions in the resounding win. Snyder and Stephen Doty (R-Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) each recorded pins, while No. 15 Jedd Moore (R-Sr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) picked up a tech fall in just one period at 157 pounds.

The match started at 149 pounds, where Valenti outlasted Kechter, 2-0, in a defensive battle. Valenti rode Kechter for the full second period to build the riding time and escaped quickly in the third period. He became the 14th Cavalier all-time to reach the 90-win plateau.

Moore was dominant, finishing off a 19-1 technical fall against Aaron Scott as the first-period buzzer sounded. Moore recorded two quick takedowns, then methodically tilted Scott for a trio of three-point near falls, followed by two back points and a final three-point near fall to clinch it.

Subbing in for Nick Sulzer (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio), Blaise Butler (R-Fr., Belvidere, Ill.) also dominated throughout, rolling up four first-period takedowns as he cruised to a 17-6 major decision over Collins Creech at 165.

No. 16 Jon Fausey (R-Jr., Dalmatia, Pa.) notched a 10-2 major decision against Connor Hedash. Fausey scored off a Hedash shot midway through the second period, then rode him before putting him on his back for a pair of back points just before the buzzer. Fausey added a pair of takedowns in the third and built his riding time to 1:40 as he clinched the riding time point as well as the major decision.

Doty pinned Jesse Johnson in 2:41 at 184 pounds. The match was scoreless until midway through the first when Doty took Johnson down. Soon after, Doty tilted Johnson for three back points and then flattened him out to secure the pin.

Wrestling up a weight class in place of Mike Salopek (R-Sr., North Huntingdon, Pa.) at 197, Zach Nye (R-Fr., Enola, Pa.) posted a 2-0 decision over Paul Weiss. Nye maintained the advantage through the entire second period a and broke the scoreless tie in the third with an escape 25 seconds into the period. He added the riding time point for the 2-0 win.

Derek Papagianopoulos (R-So., Burlington, Mass.) controlled the heavyweight match from start to finish in a 10-2 major decision over Joe Cummings. He racked up four takedowns and secured the major decision by holding onto control and preventing an escape in the final seconds.

Snyder pinned Dominic Parisi at the 4:46 mark for his 31st career fall – third most in Virginia history. After recording a takedown and two back points in the first period, Snyder took the top position in the second. He put Parisi on his back late in the period and stuck him with 14 seconds left for the fall. He now has 91 career wins, tied with Garland (1997-2000) and Nick Nelson (2007-12) for 10th in program history.

No. 14 George DiCamillo (Fr., Highland Heights, Ohio) bolted out to an early lead as he earned an 11-1 major decision over Brett Boston at 133. With a pair of first-period takedowns as well as a takedown and three back points in the second, DiCamillo took a 10-1 lead into the third, and he built up 3:11 in riding time in coasting to the win.

Reigning ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week Joe Spisak (R-So., Boiling Springs, Pa.) sealed the shutout win with a 9-3 decision over Chris Johnson at 141 pounds. He scored a pair of first-period takedowns, then reversed Johnson early in the second period en route to his 15th straight victory.

Virginia returns home Sunday for its 2012-13 home finale. The Cavaliers play host to Old Dominion at 1 p.m. at Mem Gym; prior to the match UVa will honor Moore, Salopek, Snyder, Valenti and Matt Nelson (R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) in Senior Day ceremonies.

No. 11 Virginia 42, Appalachian State 0
149: No. 20/15 Derek Valenti (UVa) dec Zach Kechter (ASU) 2-0; UVa 3-0
157: No. 15/9 Jedd Moore (UVa) tech fall Aaron Scott (ASU) 19-1; UVa 8-0
165: Blaise Butler (UVa) major dec. Collins Creech (ASU) 17-6; UVa 12-0
174: No. 16/15 Jon Fausey (UVa) major dec. Collin Hedash (ASU) 10-2; UVa 16-0
184: Stephen Doty (UVa) pinned Jesse Johnson (ASU) 2:41; UVa 22-0
197: Zach Nye (UVa) dec Paul Weiss (ASU) 2-0; UVa 25-0
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) major dec. Joe Cummings (ASU) 10-2; UVa 29-0
125: No. 10/10 Matt Snyder (UVa) pinned Dominic Parisi (ASU), 4:46; UVa 35-0
133: No. 14/15 George DiCamillo (UVa) major dec. Brett Boston (ASU) 11-1; UVa 39-0
141: No. NR/19 Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. William Johnson (ASU) 9-3; UVa 42-0

Rankings: InterMat/Amateur Wrestling News

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