CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The Virginia wrestling team (9-6) will close out an extended stretch of road duals on Friday (Jan. 18), traveling to take on VMI (2-8) at 7:30 p.m. in Lexington, Va.
It is the final road dual in a stretch of nine consecutive duals away from home for the Cavaliers, who return home to host Ohio on Sunday (Jan. 20)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans can track the action through live stats provided by VMI and linked at VirginiaSports.com. Updates will also be provided through the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).
VIRGINIA PROBABLE LINEUP (Rankings by InterMat)
125: No. 5 Jack Mueller
133: Louie Hayes
141: Sam Krivus
149: Michael Murphy
157: Jake Keating
165: Cam Coy
174: Robby Patrick OR Drew Peck
184: Chance McClure
197: No. 8 Jay Aiello
HWT: Tyler Love
VMI PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Derek Shockey OR Clifton Conway
133: Hunter Starner
141: Dominick Gallo
149: Zach Schmitt
157: Darren Ostrander
165: Luke Nicksic
174: Neal Richards
184: Max Gallahan OR Benjamin Wagner
197: Christopher Beck
HWT: Tre Momon
THE SERIES WITH VMI
Virginia and VMI have met 53 times with the Cavaliers holding a 29-24 lead in the all-time series. Virginia won the last meeting in the 2015-16 season, taking a 35-7 victory over the Keydets in a neutral-site dual. That match was wrestled at the St. Christopher’s School in Richmond on January 8, 2016. Will Schany (Blair, Neb.), a redshirt senior on this year’s Virginia squad, is the only current member of the roster to wrestle in that last dual with the Keydets. Schany posted a 16-7 major decision at 184 pounds in that dual to help Virginia secure the win.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia went on the road and competed at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., taking a second place finish in the event. The Cavaliers took down No. 20 Lock Haven and No. 16 Arizona State on the way to the finals before falling to No. 13 Virginia Tech in the final round.
MUELLER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE SINCE RETURN TO LINEUP
Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) continued to dominate at the top of the lineup, winning all three of his bouts by technical fall. He now holds an 8-0 record with four wins by fall, three technical falls and a major decision. Through his eight matches this season, Mueller has compiled 43 duals points for the Hoos.
KEATING TOPS DUAL POINTS SCORED FOR HOOS
Sophomore Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) tops the list for dual points accrued for the Cavaliers this season, tallying 47 dual points through his 15 duals. Able to score points in bunches, he has posted five wins by technical fall, three pins and a major decision. At the Virginia Duals, he twice reversed his fortunes quickly, literally reversing his Lock Haven opponent down 14-0 and flattening him out for a pin. He then pinned his second opponent, No. 11 Christian Pagdilao of 16th-ranked Arizona State in the next dual to rally for the win.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will return to action on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Ohio Bobcats (2-3) at 1 p.m. at Memorial Gym. Admission to all home Virginia wrestling matches is free to the public. Ohio will host Kent State on Friday night before traveling to face the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon.