CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Fresh off a road swing where the Cavaliers wrestled nine consecutive duals away from home, the Virginia wrestling team (10-6) returns home to host Ohio (3-3) in a 1 p.m. dual on Sunday at Memorial Gym.
Both teams enter the Sunday afternoon dual coming off wins on Friday night. Virginia went on the road to take a 40-5 win at VMI, while Ohio hosted Kent State and picked up a 24-12 victory. Virginia leads the all-time series with Ohio 3-2 with the last meeting coming in the 2012 season.
Admission to all home Virginia wrestling matches is free to the public.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans can track the action through live stats linked at VirginiaSports.com or through a live video stream on ACC Network Extra. 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
OHIO PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Shakur Laney OR Trevor Giallombardo
133: Mario Guillen
141: Cameron Kelly
149: Alec Hagan
157: No. 20 Zac Carson
165: Colt Yinger
174: Arsen Ashugyan
184: Hunter Yeargan
197: Aaron Naples OR Derek Hillman
HWT: Zack Parker
MUELLER STARTS CAVALIERS OFF STRONG
With All-American Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) at the top of the lineup, the Cavaliers have had a strong start in each of the last five duals. The junior holds a 9-0 record and has turned in a bonus-point victory in each dual. In those nine victories, Mueller has five wins by fall, four tech falls and a major decision. All five of his pins have come in the first period.
HAYES ADDS TO ONE-TWO PUNCH AT TOP OF LINEUP
Sophomore Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.) has combined to add to the one-two punch at the top of the lineup since moving to 133 pounds with the return of Mueller. To date, Hayes has posted 16 wins for the Cavaliers, including 12 bonus-point victories of his own. Among those wins are five major decisions, four pins and two tech falls.
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 51 dual points through his 16 duals. Able to score points in bunches, he has posted five wins by technical fall, three pins and two major decisions. 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. In his last outing, he added his second major decision of the season at VMI.
AIELLO AND KRIVUS PROVIDE STABILITY TO LINEUP
With several young faces in the squad, junior Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) and redshirt sophomore Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) have provided additional stability to the lineup to go along with the explosiveness of Mueller, Hayes and Keating. Both wrestlers have posted identical 16-6 records heading into the Sunday dual with Ohio and have been ranked for most of the season.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
The Cavaliers will jump in to ACC action next week, returning to the road to take on No. 17 North Carolina. Virginia will square off against the Tar Heels at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 26) at Carmichael Arena. The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.