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Feb. 5, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 18 Virginia wrestling team won six of 10 bouts in a 22-12 defeat of Duke Friday evening in an ACC dual at Memorial Gymnasium. Virginia (6-4, 1-2 ACC) won its 10th straight dual against Duke (4-6, 0-2).

Nick Herrmann (125), George DiCamillo (133), Andrew Atkinson (157), Tyler Askey (174), Will Schany (184) and Patrick Gillen (285) each scored wins for the Cavaliers.

“It feels good to get a win,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “We saw a lot of good things tonight. Starting right off the bat with Herrmann getting the major decision — that set the tone for the night. We harped on our guys to take more attacks and be more offensive and they did that tonight, so I’m happy about that. Zach Nye looked amazing tonight and almost pulled off a big one. We need to build on this for another tough one tomorrow”

Virginia jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the dual. With three takedowns in the final period, Herrmann scored a 12-4 major decision over Thayer Atkins to give UVA a 4-0 edge, and the lead quickly grew to 10-0 as DiCamillo, ranked sixth nationally, won by forfeit.

Duke won the next two bouts, as Zach Finesilver downed UVA’s Zach Watson, 8-3, at 141 before his twin brother Mitch Finesilver, ranked 10th nationally, blanked Chris Yankowich, 6-0, at 149.

Atkinson parlayed a dominating first period to cruise to a 9-3 win over Connor Bass at 157. Atkinson scored a takedown 10 seconds into the match and rode Bass for the entire period while also accumulating four back points. That gave UVA a 13-6 lead at the dual’s midway point.

Duke got three points back in a wild 165-pound match as Jake Faust rallied to top Fox Baldwin, 16-12. Baldwin took a 9-3 lead in the second period when he put Faust on his back and nearly pinned him, but Faust came back in the final period, nearly pinning Baldwin while racking up a trio of takedowns as well as four back points.

UVA won the next two bouts, as Askey took control early in an 8-3 win over Brian Dorsey at 174 before Will Schany held off a late charge from Trey Adamson to win 8-7 at 184. Schany prevailed on the riding-time point after accumulating 2:07 of riding time.

The feature match of the night came at 197, where No. 5 Conner Hartmann of Duke held off a late charge from No. 10 Zach Nye to win 4-3. Nye was in on a leg twice in the final minute, but Hartmann defended well to stave off the takedown attempt.

UVA finished with a win in the heavyweight bout as Patrick Gillen claimed a 7-3 win over Brendan Walsh.

Virginia returns to Mem Gym at 1 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 14 North Carolina. Admission is free.

No. 18 Virginia 22, Duke 12
125: Nick Herrmann (Virginia) major dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 12-4; UVA 4-0
133: No. 6 George DiCamillo (Virginia) wins by forfeit; UVA 10-0
141: Zach Finesilver (Duke) dec. Zach Watson (Virginia), 8-3; UVA 10-3
149: No. 10 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) dec. Chris Yankowich (Virginia), 6-0; UVA 10-6
157: Andrew Atkinson (Virginia) dec. Connor Bass (Duke), 9-3; UVA 13-6
165: Jake Faust (Duke) dec. Fox Baldwin (Virginia), 16-12; UVA 13-9
174: Tyler Askey (Virginia) dec. Brian Dorsey (Duke), 8-3; UVA 16-9
184: Will Schany (Virginia) dec. Trey Adamson (Duke), 8-7; UVA 19-9
197: No. 5 Conner Hartmann (Duke) dec. No. 10 Zach Nye (Virginia), 4-3; UVA 19-12
285: Patrick Gillen (Virginia) dec. Brendan Walsh (Duke), 7-3; UVA 22-12

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