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Jan. 8, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – George DiCamillo (Highland Heights, Ohio) and Fox Baldwin (Kissimmee, Fla.) both recorded falls to help power the No. 16 Virginia wrestling team to a 35-7 win over VMI on Friday night at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.

After the Cavaliers fell behind with a loss by major decision in the first bout of the night, DiCamillo pushed the Cavaliers back in front. The redshirt junior, who is ranked fifth nationally, recorded the first fall of the night to put momentum squarely in Virginia’s corner.

“I’m really thankful to St. Christopher’s for allowing us to be a part of this event here,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “It was loud and packed; it was an experience and I hope Richmond was able to see some good wrestling tonight.

“We needed some momentum after the first match and George (DiCamillo) really gave that to us. I thought Andrew (Atkinson) was really the match of the night wrestling a really good wrestler in front of his hometown crowd. Fox (Baldwin) was just awesome.”

Virginia rattled off three straight wins following the DiCamillo fall to grab complete control of the meet. Emilio Martinez (Platteville, Colo.) picked up a major decision at 141 pounds, while TJ Miller (Medford, N.J.) recorded a decision to give the Cavaliers a 13-4 lead on VMI.

Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.) then picked up a 16-2 major decision at 157 pounds over VMI’s Neal Richards, who was wrestling in front of his hometown crowd and the Cavaliers jumped out to the 17-4 lead.

VMI picked up a decision at 165 pounds, but Baldwin grabbed the momentum back in the 174-pound bout when he pinned his opponent in 1:21.

Virginia continued to build on its lead as Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) posted a 16-7 major decision at 184 pounds. Tenth ranked Zach Nye (Enola, Pa.) then turned in a dominating performance at 197 pounds, posting a 19-3 tech fall before Ethan Hayes (New Lebanon, Ohio) would close things out with a 10-4 decision at heavyweight.

The Cavaliers will return to action next Sunday (Jan. 17) with the beginning of Atlantic Coast Conference action. Virginia will hit the road for a showdown with No. 3 NC State at 1 p.m.

No. 16 Virginia 35, VMI 7 (St. Christopher’s School – Richmond, Va.)
125: D. Henderson (VMI) major dec. Joe Martinez (UVA), 13-2 – VMI 4-0
133: No. 5 (UVA) fall B. Pachello (VMI), 5:54 – UVA 6-4
141: Emilio Martinez (UVA) major dec. H. Sterner (VMI), 11-2 – UVA 10-4
149: TJ Miller (UVA) dec. D. Ostrander (VMI), 6-1 – UVA 13-4
157: Andrew Atkinson (UVA) major dec. N. Richards (VMI), 16-2 – UVA 17-4
165: S. Johns (VMI) dec. Dustin Roemer (VMI), 11-8 – UVA 17-7
174: F. Baldwin (UVA) fall C. Lawson (VMI), 1:21 – UVA 23-7
184: W. Schany (UVA) major dec. D. Thurman (VMI), 16-7 – UVA 27-7
197: No. 10 Zach Nye (UVA) tech fall T. Thomas (VMI), 19-3 (6:21) – UVA 32-7
285: Ethan Hayes (UVA) dec. T. Mathias (VMI), 10-4 – UVA 35-7

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