No. 13 Virginia Wraps Up Home Schedule Thursday vs. No. 20 NC State
Feb. 18, 2015
|No. 20 NC State at No. 13 Virginia|
|Date/Time||Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Memorial Gymnasium|
|Multimedia||Live Video ($) | Live Video ($)|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 13 Virginia wrestling team concludes its regular-season schedule Thursday evening with a home ACC dual against NC State at Memorial Gymnasium. The match starts at 7 p.m., and Senior Night ceremonies will begin at approximately 6:45 as UVa honors seven student-athletes.
Admission is free. Fans can park free of charge in the Culbreth Road Garage.
A video broadcast will be available online on VirginiaSports.com through a Cavaliers Live subscription. The video broadcast also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes. A link to live results also can be located on VirginiaSports.com.
In the Rankings
Five Cavaliers are listed in the latest InterMat rankings:
George DiCamillo (14th at 133)
Joe Spisak (13th at 141)
Nick Sulzer (fourth at 165)
Blaise Butler (sixth at 174)
Zach Nye (19th at 197)
Virginia will honor seven student-athletes prior to the match in Senior Night ceremonies. Fourth-years Nick Kidd and Mason Popham and fifth-years Billy Coggins, Derek Papagianopoulos, Gus Sako, Joe Spisak and Nick Sulzer all will be honored.
Noting the Cavaliers
UVa has a 10-6 dual record, but has dropped its last three duals, with a pair coming to top-10 teams. The Cavaliers fell 30-6 to unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Iowa last Sunday in front of 6,564 fans in the NWCA National Duals in Iowa City. Nick Herrmann and Nick Sulzer each scored wins for UVa; Sulzer topped No. 7 Nick Moore, 8-7, at 165 pounds.
In the midst of the most challenging regular-season schedule in program history, Virginia will be wrestling its ninth ranked foe of the season on Thursday. The Cavaliers are 4-4 this year against nationally ranked opponents. Five of the Cavaliers’ last seven duals have been determined by three points or fewer, including a trio of one-point bouts.
NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings
The second of three NCAA Coaches Panel rankings was released last Thursday. The rankings are one of the key components used in selection to the NCAA Championships. Seven Cavaliers are ranked:
UVa-NC State Series
Virginia has won each of the last seven duals against NC State to take a 34-33-1 edge in the all-time series. The Cavaliers won at seven of 10 weight classes in the last meeting on Feb. 9, 2014, to score a 22-10 win at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
Noting NC State
NC State (15-5, 2-2 ACC) has won eight of its last 10 duals, with its lone losses coming at No. 3 Missouri and No. 9 Virginia Tech. Coming off a 27-12 victory over then-No. 14 Pitt, NC State has six wrestlers who are ranked in the latest Coaches Panel rankings, including reigning national champion Nick Gwiazdowski, who is the top-ranked wrestler at heavyweight. Sam Speno is ranked No. 19 at 141.
Virginia begins postseason competition on Sunday, March 8, at the ACC Championships. Pitt will play host to the event at the Petersen Events Center.
Virginia Probables (10-6, 2-2 ACC)
125: Nick Herrmann (13-5)
133: No. 14 George DiCamillo (23-6)
141: No. 13 Joe Spisak (14-5)
149: TJ Miller (6-5) or Gus Sako (3-5)
157: Andrew Atkinson (14-12)
165: No. 4 Nick Sulzer (23-2)
174: No. 6 Blaise Butler (16-3)
184: Tyler Askey (14-14)
197: No. 19 Zach Nye (15-6)
285: Patrick Gillen (13-9) or Ethan Hayes (1-2)
NC State Probables (15-5, 2-2 ACC)
125: Joe DeAngelo (13-9)
133: Bryce Meredith (14-3)
141: No. 18 Sam Speno (12-9)
149: Beau Donahue (12-8) or Sam Melikian (7-10)
157: Chad Pyke (12-14)
165: Max Rohskopf (23-10)
174: Pete Renda (17-10)
184: Nicky Hall (8-5) or Mike Macchiavello (8-8)
197: Mike Boykin (17-8)
285: No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski (26-0)
**Individual rankings according to InterMat