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Nov. 1, 2014

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Nick Sulzer (R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio) dropped a 4-2 decision to top-ranked Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State Saturday evening in the NWCA All-Star Classic, held at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

All matches at the Classic were exhibitions and will not count on the competitors’ season or career records.

The dual pitted the top two ranked wrestlers in the nation at 165 pounds, with Dieringer holding the preseason No. 1 ranking and Sulzer the No. 2 spot. Dieringer won the NCAA championship at 157 pounds last season, while Sulzer took fourth place at 165 last year at NCAAs in earning his second straight All-America honor.

Dieringer scored a first-period takedown and held the lead throughout the bout. Sulzer scored on an escape in the first period and added an escape point in the second, but Dieringer held on to post the 4-2 win.

Sulzer is the fourth Virginia wrestler to compete in the event and the first since Chris Henrich in 2009.

Sulzer and his Cavalier teammates open the 2014-15 dual schedule Sunday with a home quad meet at Memorial Gymnasium. UVa will square off with Anderson (S.C.) at 10 a.m., VMI at noon and George Mason at 2 p.m. Admission is free of charge, while free parking is available in the Culbreth Road Garage.

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