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Dec. 4, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior George DiCamillo (Highland Heights, Ohio) advanced to the semifinals of the Cliff Keen Invitational to lead No. 19 Virginia in action on day one at the event at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas on Friday (Dec. 4). Competition in the event continues at 12 p.m. ET Saturday (Dec. 5).

The Cavaliers are in 11th-place after the first day of action with 46 points.

DiCamillo, the six-seed in his bracket, claimed three straight matches with wins over wrestlers from Oregon State and Missouri before a medical forfeiture by Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State sent the Cavalier senior into Saturday’s semifinals at 133 pounds.

Ranked ninth nationally in his weight class, DiCamillo posted an 8-6 decision over Oregon State’s Joey Palmer before recording a 12-4 major decision over Zach Synon of Missouri to advance to the quarterfinals. The medical forfeiture by DiJulius moved DiCamillo on to the semifinals of the event.

Seven wrestlers advanced into the night session for the Cavaliers with Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.), Zach Nye (Enola, Pa.) and Patrick Gillen (Shelton, Conn.) all advancing to Saturday action in the consolation bracket after the Friday evening session.

Atkinson will face Christopher Dowdy of Cornell at 157 pounds, while Nye will face Jared Haught of Virginia Tech at 197 pounds and Gillen will face Jeramy Sweany of Cornell at heavyweight.

Atkinson, seeded 10th in his bracket, dropped his first match of the day before rolling through his next four contests, including a pair of tech falls and a major decision to advance to Saturday’s action.

Nye, ranked eighth nationally at his weight class and seeded fifth in the bracket, opened the first day with a victory by decision before falling in his second match of the day. He then recorded a pair of decisions to advance to Saturday action.

Gillen also split his first two matches before collecting a tech fall and a decision in the consolation bracket to advance to Saturday’s action.

Nick Herrmann (UVA) tech fall Leadbeter (Navy), 19-2
Rios (Oregon State) sv-1 Herrmann (UVA), 3-1
Herrmann (UVA) dec. Carpio (Arizona State), 6-5
Andrews (N. Colorado) medical forfeit Herrmann (UVA)

George DiCamillo (UVA) dec. Palmer (Oregon State), 8-6
DiCamillo (UVA) major dec. Synon (Missouri), 12-4
DiCamillo (UVA) medical forfeit. DiJulius (Ohio State)

Emilio Martinez (UVA) fall Hudson (Hofstra), 2:08
Mathers (Arizona State) dec. Martinez (UVA), 12-8
Rodriguez (Iowa State) fall Martinez (UVA, 5:33

Short (Minnesota) fall Chris Yankowich (UVA), 5:00
Yankowich (UVA) dec. Martinez (Gateway Bible), 8-4
Page (American Univ.) dec. Yankowich (UVA), 4-1

Castillo (Boise State) dec. Andrew Atkinson (UVA), 4-2
Atkinson (UVA) major dec. White (Nebraska-Kearney), 12-3
Atkinson (UVA) tech fall Aguilar (N. Idaho College), 18-1
Atkinson (UVA) dec. Rodriquez (Oregon State), 3-2
Atkinson (UVA) tech fall Fortuna (Missouri), 16-0

Kresevic (Ohio State) dec. Garrett Peppelman (UVA), 3-0
Peppelman (UVA) dec. McNutt (North Dakota State), 10-3
Krone (Minnesota) dec. Peppelman (UVA), 5-3

McKeever (Binghamton) major dec. Fox Baldwin (UVA), 11-3
Baldwin (UVA) major dec. Bila (Nebraska-Kearney), 17-4
Baldwin (UVA) dec. Johnson (Harvard), 6-5
Hernandez (Columbia) dec. Baldwin (UVA), 9-6

Will Schany (UVA) dec. Stodden (Nebraska-Kearney), 9-7
Zillmer (North Dakota State) major dec. Schany (UVA), 16-5
Schany (UVA) tech fall Cunningham (Gateway Bible), 19-2
Schany (UVA) medical forfeit Gabel (N. Colorado)
Schneider (Binghamton) dec. Schany (UVA), 6-4

Zach Nye (UVA) dec. Haas (Citadel), 8-6
Franklin (CSU Bakersfield) dec. Nye (UVA), 9-4
Nye (UVA) dec. Bartel (N. Colorado), 5-0
Nye (UVA) dec. Crawford (Oregon State), 10-6

Patrick Gillen (UVA) dec. Ryan (Columbia), 9-5
Gajdzik (Harvard) dec. Gillen (Harvard), 2-1
Gillen (UVA) tech fall Hayden (Michigan), 17-1
Gillen (UVA) dec. Dennisen (Utah Valley), 10-5

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