DiCamillo Advances To NCAA Quarterfinals
March 17, 2016
NEW YORK – George DiCamillo (Highland Heights, Ohio) led the way for the Cavaliers at the NCAA Championships on Thursday (March 17), picking up a pair of wins to advance to the quarterfinals.
DiCamillo, the six seed, is one of two Virginia wrestlers remaining in the event. Zach Nye, the 14 seed, is also alive in the consolation round after splitting his matches.
Friday’s morning session will be carried by ESPNU and action from every mat will also will be available at WatchESPN.com. The session begins at 11 a.m. ET.
“Everyone be praying and cheering for George (DiCamillo) and Zach (Nye) tomorrow,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “They have goals still ahead of them. George is alive in the quarterfinals with his goal of becoming a national champion still on the table and with one more win in the morning he can become an All-American. The road’s a little tougher for Zach, but he’s still alive and has matches to wrestle as he fights through the wrestlebacks.”
DiCamillo picked up an 8-4 decision over Dalton Brady of Arizona State in the opening round. He then rallied with a late escape in the second round to grab a 4-3 decision over No. 11 seed Dom Forys of Pittsburgh. The match with Forys was a rematch of the ACC Championship finals from two weeks ago that DiCamillo also won.
DiCamillo will face third-seeded Zane Richards of Illinois on Friday.
Nye picked up a win in his first match of the day, defeating Anthony Abro of Eastern Michigan in a 6-3 decision. He then fell in the second round, dropping a 15-1 major decision to the three seed, Brett Pfarr, from Minnesota. Nye will return to action in the wrestlebacks against Owen Scott of Cornell on Friday.
Nick Herrmann (Amarillo, Texas) dropped both bouts on Thursday in tight contests at 125 pounds. The senior fell to No. 15 seed David Terao of American in an 8-6 decision to start the day before falling in a 4-3 decision to Alfredo Rodriguez of SIU-Edwardsville in the first consolation round.
Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.) failed to advance at 157 pounds, falling in a pair of decisions in the opening round and the pigtail match of the wrestlebacks to start session two. He fell to No. 9 seed Richie Lewis of Rutgers in a 7-3 decision to start the day before dropping a 2-1 decision to Spartak Chino of Ohio in his second bout.
Patrick Gillen (Shelton, Conn.) faced stiff competition in his first two matches, dropping both contests to seeded wrestlers. Gillen was pinned by No. 5 seed Adam Coon of Michigan in his first match before facing No. 12 seed Billy Smith of Rutgers in his consolation match. Smith defeated Gillen in a 9-4 decision.
1st Round: No. 6 seed George DiCamillo (UVA) dec. Dalton Brady (Az State), 8-4
2nd Round: No. 6 seed George DiCamillo (UVA) dec. No. 11 seed Dom Forys (Pitt), 4-3
Quarterfinals: No. 6 seed George DiCamillo (UVA) vs. No. 3 seed Zane Richards (Illinois)
1st Round: No. 14 seed Zach Nye (UVA) dec. Anthony Abro (Eastern Michigan), 6-3
2nd Round: No. 3 seed Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) major dec. No. 14 seed Zach Nye (UVA), 15-1
Conso. Rd 2: No. 14 seed Zach Nye (UVA) vs. Owen Scott (Cornell)