No. 10 Virginia Wrestles No. 23 North Dakota State, Gardner-Webb Saturday
Nov. 14, 2014
|No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 23 North Dakota State and Gardner-Webb|
|Date/Time||Sat., Nov. 15, 2014 | Noon/2 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Memorial Gymnasium|
|Live Results||UVa vs. NDSU | UVa vs. G-W|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia wrestling team wrestles No. 23 North Dakota State and Gardner-Webb Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (3-0) and Bison tangle at noon, while UVa wrestles Gardner-Webb at 2 p.m.
Live results will be available for both matches on VirginiaSports.com.
Admission is free. Fans can park free of charge in the Culbreth Road Garage.
In the Rankings
Six Cavaliers are listed in the latest InterMat rankings:
George DiCamillo (10th at 133)
Joe Spisak (12th at 141)
Gus Sako (ninth at 149)
Nick Sulzer (second at 165)
Blaise Butler (11th at 174)
Zach Nye (14th at 184)
The Latest on the Cavaliers
This is UVa’s first dual action since Nov. 2 when the Cavaliers swept duals against Anderson (33-9), VMI (51-0) and George Mason (34-6). Last week several UVa wrestlers competed in the Hokie Duals, with DiCamillo (133) and Spisak (141) each winning individual championships. In all, 11 Cavaliers placed in the open tournament.
UVa has won its last 23 home duals, dating to a Nov. 27, 2011, defeat to Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers have won 28 straight duals at Memorial Gymnasium; UVa’s last home loss in the cozy confines of Mem Gym was Jan. 16, 2011, against Penn.
Those streaks figure to get a stern test this year. In addition to the Saturday matches, UVa has home duals remaining with No. 4 Ohio State, Duke, No. 11 Pitt and NC State.
North Dakota State opens its dual schedule this weekend. Coming off a 21st-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Bison have five potential starters listed in the latest InterMat individual rankings, highlighted by 10th-ranked heavyweight Evan Knutson. Ranked No. 13 nationally at 184, Hayden Zillmer won the Bison Open title last week. NDSU assistant coach Manny Rivera served as an assistant on Steve Garland‘s UVa staff for two seasons from 2009-11.
The Cavaliers are Bison are meeting for just the third time and the first since the 2005-06 season; the series is even at 1-1. Both of the previous meetings came in Hampton, Va., as part of the Virginia Duals.
The Bulldogs are 2-0 in the dual schedule following wins over Buffalo (32-7) and Cumberland (56-0) on Nov. 2. Redshirt freshman Chris Vassar earned preseason All-Southern Conference honors at 141 pounds. UVa holds a 5-0 advantage in the programs’ all-time series, including the Cavaliers’ 44-0 win on Nov. 2, 2013, as part of the teams’ season-opening quad meet at Mem Gym.
UVa entertains No. 4 Ohio State on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. The two teams have a combined 16 wrestlers currently listed in the InterMat top 20 rankings (UVa 6, OSU 10). Tickets currently are available through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office.
Saturday Probables (Rankings according to InterMat)
125: Will Mason (6-1)
133: No. 10 George DiCamillo (6-0)
141: No. 12 Joe Spisak (6-0)
149: TJ Miller (4-2)
157: Andrew Atkinson (5-2)
165: No. 2 Nick Sulzer (2-0)
174: No. 11 Blaise Butler (2-0)
184: Billy Coggins (3-0) / James Suvak (4-1) / Tyler Askey (4-1)
197: No. 14 Zach Nye (4-0)
285: Collin Campbell (3-2)
North Dakota State
125: No. 13 Josh Rodriguez (0-0) or Tirso Lara (1-4)
133: Kyle Gliva (4-2) or Justin Scherkenbach (10-3)
141: No. 20 Mitch Bengtson (8-1) or Clay Cathey (7-4)
149: Clay Ream (7-4)
157: Steven Keogh (4-2)
165: Matthew Gray (8-4) or Trevor Chavez (2-2)
174: No. 14 Kurtis Julson (4-0)
184: No. 13 Hayden Zillmer (8-1)
197: Tyler Lehmann (1-2) or Tommy Petersen (5-3)
285: No. 10 Evan Knutson (4-0)
125: Cortez Starkes (2-3)
133: Tyler Ziegler (5-2)
141: Chris Vassar (5-2)
149: Ryan Mosley (6-2)
157: Kyle Ash (2-2)
165: Austin Trott (4-1)
174: Brett Stein (6-2)
184: Gray Jones (4-2)
197: Terry Henderson (3-4)
285: Justin Kozera (3-2)