CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The No. 23 Virginia wrestling team (11-7, 0-1 ACC) returns home to host No. 8 NC State (13-2, 1-0 ACC) in a 7 p.m. dual at Memorial Gym on Friday (Feb. 1). It’s the first ACC home dual this season for the Cavaliers and starts a stretch with three-of-four duals at home.
Admission to all home Virginia wrestling duals 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).
SEVEN HOOS IN THE INITIAL NCAA COACHES RANKINGS
The initial NCAA coaches rankings were released last week and seven members of the Virginia squad were ranked in the first listing. The Cavaliers were represented in the rankings by Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas), Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.), Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.), Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.), Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) and Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.).
HOOS IN THE NCAA COACHES RANKINGS:
125:No. 5 Jack Mueller
133:No. 26 Louie Hayes
141:No. 19 Sam Krivus
157:No. 24 Jake Keating
165:No. 23 Cam Coy
184:No. 19 Will Schany
197:No. 8 Jay Aiello
THE SERIES WITH NC STATE
Virginia and NC State have faced each other 72 times with the Wolfpack holding a slim 37-34-1 lead in the all-time series behind an active four-match win streak over the Cavaliers. Prior to this current win streak by the Wolfpack, the Cavaliers had won seven consecutive duals over NC State. In a unique situation, the series features one tie result that came in the 1958-59 season (an 18-18 result) and is one of only nine ties in program history.
A LOOK AT NC STATE
The Wolfpack is coming off a win over Duke in ACC-opening action last weekend and hold a 13-2 record on the season in dual competition. The two losses came at the hands of No. 21 Wyoming and No. 2 Ohio State. The Wolfpack have faced five nationally-ranked opponents this season with a 3-2 mark in those duals. NC State puts a strong lineup on the floor with nationally-ranked wrestlers at eight weight classes. Heavyweight and 141 pounds are the only two weights that don’t feature a ranked wrestler.
VIRGINIA PROBABLE LINEUP (Rankings by InterMat)
125: Jack Mueller
133: Louie Hayes OR Sam Book
141: Sam Krivus OR Scott Kiyono
149: Michael Murphy
157: Jake Keating
165: Cam Coy
174: Robby Patrick OR Drew Peck
184: Chance McClure
197: Jay Aiello
HWT: Tyler Love
NC STATE PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Sean Fausz OR Zurich Storm
133: Tariq Wilson
141: Jamel Morris
149: Justin Oliver
157: Hayden Hidlay
165: Thomas Bullard
174: Daniel Bullard
184: Nick Reenan
197: Malik McDonald
HWT: Colin Lawler OR Deonte Wilson
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia opened ACC competition on the road last weekend, wrestling at No. 17 North Carolina in the first of five ACC duals against nationally-ranked competition. It marked the ninth dual against a nationally-ranked foe this season for the Cavaliers. Virginia won four weight classes with Mueller, Keating, Coy and Aiello claiming victories, but the six wins and bonus-points tipped the result in favor of the homestanding Tar Heels.
UP NEXT FOR VIRGINIA
The Cavaliers will continue to wrestle at home next weekend, hosting Duke in a 1 p.m. dual on Saturday (Feb. 9) afternoon at Memorial Gym.