CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (7-5, 0-3 ACC) continues competition on the road this weekend, traveling to face Duke (0-15, 0-3 ACC) in a 7 p.m. dual on Friday (Feb. 14) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The dual will be streamed on ACCNX which streams live on the ESPN app. ACCNX is available through participating TV providers that carry ACC Network. Fans can also follow the action through live stats linked at VirginiaSports.com or by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).
CAVALIERS IN THE INTERMAT RANKINGS
The Cavaliers have three wrestlers ranked at their weight classes in the latest edition of the InterMat rankings. Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) leads the way as the second-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, while Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) is ranked No. 9 at 197 pounds and Quinn Miller (Lilburn, Ga.) is No. 18 at heavyweight.
VIRGINIA PROBABLE LINEUP (Rankings According to InterMat)
125: No. 2 Jack Mueller
133: Louie Hayes
141: Brian Courtney
149: Denton Spencer OR Michael Murphy
157: Justin McCoy
165: Cam Coy OR Krystian Kinsey
174: Victor Marcelli
184: Michael Battista
197: No. 9 Jay Aiello
HWT: No. 18 Quinn Miller
DUKE PROBABLE LINEUP (Rankings According To InterMat)
133: Harrison Campbell
141: Bryson Neace
149: Wade Unger
157: Eric Carter
165: Ben Anderson
174: Mason Eaglin
184: Kai Blake
197: Vincent Baker
HWT: Jonah Niesenbaum OR Ben Frye
A LOOK AT THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke enters the weekend matchup with an overall record of 0-15 and is 0-3 in the ACC after dropping contests with No. 10 Pittsburgh, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 7 Virginia Tech. This season, the Blue Devils are missing three starters from last year’s team to redshirt seasons. Brothers Josh and Matt Finesilver, and Kaden Russell are redshirting. Josh Finesilver was an NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds a year ago, while Matt Finesilver qualified at 174 pounds. Russell wrestled at 184 pounds last season for the Blue Devils.
THE SERIES WITH DUKE
Virginia and Duke have faced each other 69 times in the history of the two programs with the Cavaliers holding a 60-7-2 lead in the all-time series. Last season, the Cavaliers posted a 26-17 win over the Blue Devils in Charlottesville with wins at six weight classes, that included four bonus-point victories for the home team. Mueller won by forfeit, while Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.) and Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) each posted a win by tech fall at 133 pounds and 157 pounds, respectively. Aiello turned in a major decision at 197 pounds, while Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.) and Tyler Love (Clifton, Va.) each won by decision at 165 pounds and heavyweight.
SECOND COACHES PANEL RANKINGS RELEASED WITH SIX CAVALIERS FEATURED
As the season begins to wind down and eyes begin to turn toward the NCAA Championships, the coaches panel rankings have been released by the NCAA and the Cavaliers have six wrestlers featured among the nation’s top-rated competitor.
The final coaches panel rankings are used as part of the selection criteria for individual selection to the NCAA Championships and are also used in determining seeding. The panel is comprised of 14 coaches with two coaches from each of the seven conferences. Coaches may only consider wrestlers who are designated as a starter in a weight class, have wrestled in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.
Hoos In The Coaches Panel Rankings
125: Jack Mueller – 2nd
133: Louie Hayes – 20th
141: Denton Spencer – 31st
157: Justin McCoy – 27th
197: Jay Aiello – 7th
HWT: Quinn Miller – 24th
UP NEXT FOR THE CAVALIERS
Virginia will return to action at home next weekend, hosting No. 8 North Carolina in a 7 p.m. dual at Memorial Gym on Friday, Feb. 21. It will be senior day for the Cavaliers as the squad closes out the regular season and shift focus to the ACC Championships which will be held on Sunday, March 8 at Pittsburgh.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PITTSBURGH
The ACC Championships will be hosted by Pittsburgh this season on Sunday, March 8, at the Petersen Events Center. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. All seating is general admission and a single ticket is $10, while children 18 and under are $5. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets for $3 each.