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Feb. 6, 2015

No. 12 Virginia at North Carolina
Date/Time Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Location Chapel Hill, N.C. | Carmichael Arena
Multimedia Live Video (free)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12 Virginia wrestling team continues its three-week road swing at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 7), taking on North Carolina in an ACC bout at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Live Video
A link to UNC’s live video broadcast is available on Live updates can be found at UVa’s Twitter account, @UVAWrestling.

In the Rankings
Five Cavaliers are listed in the latest InterMat rankings:
George DiCamillo (14th at 133)
Joe Spisak (14th at 141)
Nick Sulzer (second at 165)
Blaise Butler (seventh at 174)
Zach Nye (19th at 197)

In addition, Andrew Atkinson is ranked No. 19 at 157 by WIN Magazine this week. Gus Sako remains at No. 19 at 149 in the latest WIN rankings.

Noting the Cavaliers
Virginia holds a 10-4 dual record, including a 2-1 mark in ACC competition. UVa suffered an 18-16 setback at No. 9 Virginia Tech last Sunday. The teams split the 10 bouts, but Virginia Tech recorded bonus points at three weights to come out with the conference victory.

With his major decision victory against Virginia Tech’s Chad Strube, Nick Sulzer recorded his 112th career victory, tying Tim Foley (1999-2004) for third on the all-time Virginia wins list. The only Cavaliers to record more wins: Chris Henrich (136, 2008-11) and Mike Krafchick (116, 1991-95). At 22-1 this season, Sulzer now owns a 112-24 career record.

Virginia is in search of its first road dual win this season – the Cavaliers own narrow defeats at Bucknell (20-16) and Virginia Tech (18-16).

UVa-North Carolina Series
North Carolina owns a 42-31 series against Virginia, although the Cavaliers have won the last five duals with the Tar Heels, including a pair in Chapel Hill. Virginia won seven of 10 bouts to earn a 21-9 win over UNC in the programs’ last meeting, which came one year to the day of this clash.

Noting North Carolina
North Carolina (8-4, 0-2) has a trio of ranked wrestlers in its lineup – No. 12 Joey Ward at 141, No. 13 Ethan Ramos at 165 and No. 18 John Michael Staudenmayer at 174. It sets up a pair of matchups between ranked wrestlers Saturday, as Ramos wrestles Sulzer and Staudenmayer will takes on Butler.

The Tar Heels last competed on Sunday in Chapel Hill, dropping a 22-18 ACC dual with NC State before rebounding for a 22-13 win over Drexel.

Up Next
Virginia competes in the NWCA National Duals next Sunday (Feb. 15), traveling to top-ranked Iowa for a 2 p.m. dual with the Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It marks the Cavaliers’ first-ever trip to Iowa City for a dual and just the second-ever dual between the two programs.

Virginia Probables
125: Nick Herrmann (11-5) or Will Mason (9-8)
133: No. 14 George DiCamillo (22-6)
141: Justin Van Hoose (2-8)
149: Gus Sako (3-4) or Chris Yankowich (8-12)
157: Andrew Atkinson (14-10)
165: No. 2 Nick Sulzer (21-1)
174: No. 7 Blaise Butler (15-2)
184: Tyler Askey (13-13)
197: No. 19 Zach Nye (14-5)
285: Patrick Gillen (13-7)

North Carolina Probables
125: Cody Karns (3-11) or Alex Rinaldi (4-14)
133: Troy Heilmann (17-8)
141: No. 12 Joey Ward (21-4)
149: Christian Barber (9-8) or Joey Moon (16-8)
157: Robert Henderson (7-7) or Chris Mears (12-10)
165: No. 13 Ethan Ramos (23-6)
174: No. 18 John Michael Staudenmayer (19-8)
184: Scott Marmoll (6-8)
197: Chip Ness (13-10)
285: Frank Abbondanza (10-16)

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