Jan. 28, 2018
NORFOLK, Va. – The Virginia (4-7) wrestling team closed out the non-conference portion of its dual schedule on Sunday, picking up a road victory over Old Dominion (7-6) by a score of 25-10 at the Ted Constant Center.
The Cavaliers won 7-of-10 weight classes, including four bonus-point victories on the afternoon in the win over the Monarchs. Virginia has three dual matches remaining, all against ACC foes. The next dual match will be at Duke on Saturday (Feb. 3) at 2 p.m.
“I’m really proud of the guys and felt like we fought hard from start to finish,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “Starting from the very first bout, we looked like a completely different team from the other night. I’m happy, not just with the win, but with the way we competed. That was some of the best wrestling we’ve seen all year. I’m extremely happy with the way they competed and stuck together after a tough loss on Friday night. We showed today what we’re capable of and I’m looking forward to next weekend.”
Wrestling began at 157 pounds with Fred Green (Orting, Wash) in a tight battle with Old Dominion’s Larry Early. A late takedown proved the difference as Early took the decision to start the scoring for the home team.
Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.) and Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) posted back-to-back victories as Virginia took the lead and never trailed again in the dual. Atkinson posted a 10-0 major decision over Luke Drugac at 165 pounds to give the Cavaliers the lead, while Schany’s 7-6 decision over Seldon Wright at 174 pounds extended that lead.
Old Dominion responded with a victory by decision at 184 pounds to cut the lead to one point in the overall score, but Virginia rattled off four consecutive victories to clinch the match.
The run of wins started with Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) with a 14-4 major decision over Noah Bushman at 197 pounds. Tyler Love (Ashburn, Va.) then added a 5-3 decision over Ali Wahab at heavyweight to extend the lead.
Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), the No. 15 wrestler in the nation at 125 pounds put together a rally in the final period to take a 9-6 decision over Michael McGee. The Cavaliers then iced the match at 133 pounds as No. 6 Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) posted an 11-1 major decision over Caleb Richardson to lock in the win with two weight classes remaining.
The two teams split those remaining bouts. Old Dominion’s Alex Madrigal, the No. 15 wrestler nationally at 141 pounds, took a 10-1 major decision over Sam Martino (Colonial Heights, Va.) before Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) answered with a 12-1 major decision over Kenan Carter to give the Cavaliers the final 15-point margin of victory overall.
Virginia 25, Old Dominion 10
157: Larry Early (ODU) dec. Fred Green, 8-7 – ODU 3, UVA 0
165: Andrew Atkinson major dec. Luke Drugac (ODU), 10-0 – UVA 4, ODU 3
174: Will Schany dec. Seldon Wright (ODU), 7-6 – UVA 7, ODU 3
184: Antonio Agee (ODU) dec. Drew Peck, 6-0 – UVA 7, ODU 6
197: Jay Aiello major dec. Noah Bushman (ODU), 14-4 – UVA 11, ODU 6
HWT: Tyler Love dec. Ali Wahab (ODU), 5-3 – UVA 14, ODU 6
125: No. 15 Louie Hayes dec. Michael McGee (ODU), 9-6 – UVA 17, ODU 6
133: No. 6 Jack Mueller major dec. Caleb Richardson (ODU), 11-1 – UVA 21, ODU 6
141: No. 15 Alex Madrigal (ODU) major dec. Sam Martino, 10-1 – UVA 21, ODU 10
149: Sam Krivus major dec. Kenan Carter (ODU), 12-1 – UVA 25, ODU 10
*Rankings by InterMat