No. 13 Virginia Challenges No. 1 Iowa Sunday in Iowa City
Feb. 14, 2015
|No. 13 Virginia at No. 1 Iowa|
|Date/Time||Sun., Feb. 15, 2015 | 2 p.m. ET|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena|
|Multimedia||Live Audio ($) | Live Results|
|Additional Information||Game Notes | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 13 Virginia wrestling team travels to top-ranked Iowa Sunday afternoon to compete in the NWCA National Duals. The dual is slated to start at 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It marks UVa’s first-ever dual in the state of Iowa.
A link to Iowa’s live audio broadcast is available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can access the broadcast with a Cavaliers Live. A link to live results also is available at VirginiaSports.com.
In the Rankings
Five Cavaliers are listed in the latest InterMat rankings:
George DiCamillo (14th at 133)
Joe Spisak (14th at 141)
Nick Sulzer (fourth at 165)
Blaise Butler (seventh at 174)
Zach Nye (19th at 197)
NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings
The second of three NCAA Coaches Panel rankings was released Thursday. The rankings are one of the key components used in selection to the NCAA Championships. Six Cavaliers are ranked in the new standings:
Nick Herrmann (29th at 125)
George DiCamillo (12th at 133)
Andrew Atkinson (27th at 157)
Nick Sulzer (tie-third at 165)
Blaise Butler (fifth at 174)
Zach Nye (17th at 197)
Patrick Gillen (33rd at 285)
NWCA National Duals Format
Eight regional sites host play-in matches on Feb. 14-15, and the winners of those eight duals will go to Iowa City Feb. 21-22 to compete in the championship round. The eight advancing teams will be reseeded according to their USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll rankings.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will take place in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 21 while the finals and third-place dual occur on Feb. 22.
NWCA Opening Round
First Round Matches (rankings as of Feb. 10 Coaches Poll)
February 14 (all times Eastern)
George Mason at No. 11 Lehigh, 7 p.m.
American at No. 2 Missouri, 1 p.m.
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 15 Edinboro, 1 p.m.
Drexel at No. 6 Cornell, 2 p.m.
No. 13 Virginia at No. 1 Iowa, 2 p.m.
Kent State at No. 12 Illinois, 2 p.m.
Oklahoma at Chattanooga, 2 p.m.
No. 4 Minnesota at No. 23 North Dakota State, 3 p.m.
Noting the Cavaliers
Virginia owns a 10-5 dual record heading into its final non-conference dual. The Cavaliers are coming off a 17-16 dual defeat last Saturday at North Carolina. UVa has wrestled in its share of close duals of late, with five of the last six matches being decided by three points or fewer, including three by just one point.
UVa is wrestling its eighth ranked foe of the season and is taking on the top-ranked team for the first time in program history. The previous high came on Feb. 18, 2007, when the Cavaliers took on No. 2 Iowa State in Charlottesville during Steve Garland‘s first season as head coach at UVa.
This marks just the second-ever meeting in wrestling between Iowa and Virginia. The programs matched up on Nov. 16, 2012, in Chattanooga, with the Hawkeyes scoring a 26-12 win.
Three probable UVa starters wrestled in that dual. Nick Sulzer dropped a 7-4 decision to Mike Evans at 165. Joe Spisak fell 14-3 to Mark Ballweg at 141. Then a true freshman, George DiCamillo fell to Tony Ramos, 22-8, at 133.
Iowa (13-0, 9-0) won the Big Ten regular-season title Friday with a 22-9 victory over No. 16 Michigan. The Hawkeyes boast ranked wrestlers at every weight class, with nine in the top 10 of their respective weights. Iowa boasts four All-Americans in its lineup Cory Clark (133), Mike Evans (174), Nathan Burak (197) and Bobby Telford (285).
Virginia concludes the regular season Thursday (Feb. 19) with a 7 p.m. home dual with No. 25 NC State at Memorial Gymnasium. Prior to the dual, UVa will hold Senior Day ceremonies. Admission is free.
125: Nick Herrmann (12-5) or Will Mason (9-8)
133: No. 14 George DiCamillo (23-6)
141: No. 13 Joe Spisak (14-4)
149: TJ Miller (6-5) or Chris Yankowich (8-13)
157: Andrew Atkinson (14-11)
165: No. 2 Nick Sulzer (22-2)
174: No. 6 Blaise Butler (16-2)
184: Tyler Askey (14-13)
197: No. 19 Zach Nye (15-5)
285: Patrick Gillen (13-8)
125: No. 5 Thomas Gilman (23-1) or Phillip Laux (3-2)
133: No. 3 Cory Clark (18-4)
141: No. 6 Josh Dziewa (21-5)
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (28-2)
157: No. 14 Michael Kelly (18-6)
165: No. 7 Nick Moore (17-5)
174: No. 2 Mike Evans (21-1) or Alex Meyer (11-2)
184: No. 8 Sammy Brooks (21-3)
197: No. 6 Nathan Burak (14-2)
285: No. 2 Bobby Telford (21-2)
**Rankings according to InterMat