CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team begins postseason competition on Sunday (March 8) when 10 members of the squad compete in the ACC Championships at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center. In addition to competing for an ACC Championship, wrestlers are also competing for berths in the upcoming NCAA Championships.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All bouts of the ACC Championships will be streamed live on ACCNX through WatchESPN with live streams available for each of the two competition mats. Links to the live streams and live stats (provided by TrackWrestling) will be available at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates on the action by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).
The finals will be broadcast on the ACC Network beginning at 7 p.m. and also available for stream on ACCNX.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10 a.m. – Doors Open
11 a.m. – Opening Round Matches
1 p.m. – Semifinals
3:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals
5 p.m. – Consolation Finals
7 p.m. — Championship Finals
125: No. 1 Jack Mueller (12-0/4-0 ACC)
133: No. 4 Louie Hayes (18-10/2-3 ACC)
141: No. 5 Brian Courtney (21-13/1-4 ACC)
149: No. 4 Denton Spencer (21-9/2-3 ACC)
157: No. 5 Justin McCoy (16-11/2-3 ACC)
165: No. 6 Cam Coy (3-4/1-3 ACC)
174: No. 6 Victor Marcelli (13-14/0-5 ACC)
184: No. 4 Michael Battista (16-18/2-3 ACC)
197: No. 1 Jay Aiello (25-4/5-0 ACC)
HWT: No. 3 Quinn Miller (17-5/1-2 ACC)
AIELLO, MUELLER TAKE TOP SEEDS AFTER UNDEFEATED ACC SEASONS
Redshirt junior Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) and senior Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) both earned top seeds at their weight classes for the second consecutive season. It is also the second straight season both wrestlers went undefeated at their weight classes. Aiello went 5-0 at 197 pounds, while Mueller went 4-0 at 125 pounds with his only dual missed coming at Duke when the Blue Devils did not field a wrestler in the weight class.
AUTOMATIC NCAA BIDS ON THE LINE SUNDAY IN PITTSBURGH
The championships serve as the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships. The ACC has been allotted 35 automatic qualifiers; the breakdown by weight class: 125: 3, 133: 5, 141: 3, 149: 2, 157: 5, 165: 4, 174: 4, 184: 3, 197: 1, 285: 5. To earn the automatic qualifier, each wrestler must finish a certain place or higher at the conference championships (e.g., place in top three at 125 pounds).
FOUR CAVALIERS LOOK TO RETURN TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four members of the squad have previously qualified for the NCAA Championships. Mueller is looking to qualify for the fourth consecutive season and become only the 11th Virginia wrestler to qualify four times. Aiello and redshirt sophomore Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.) are looking to return for the second consecutive season. Redshirt junior Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.) is looking to qualify for the second time after advancing to the NCAA Championships at 125 pounds in 2018 as a redshirt freshman.
MUELLER LOOKS TO REPEAT AS ACC CHAMPION
Mueller is looking to close out his senior season with a repeat performance as ACC Champion at 125 pounds. Should he repeat, he will become the first back-to-back ACC Champion since George DiCamillo won the title in 2015 and 2016 at 133 pounds.
VIRGINIA IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
UVA has won five ACC Championships – 1974, 1975, 1977, 2010 and 2015. Virginia finished second at the 2012 and 2013 ACC Championships. The five ACC Championships is third most of all current members of the league behind North Carolina and NC State. Virginia has finished as runner-up 22 times, giving the Cavaliers 27 finishes in the top two in the league all-time.