CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (1-0, 0-0 ACC) continues the 2021 season on Friday (Jan. 15), hosting No. 4 NC State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) in a 5 p.m. contest at Memorial Gym. The dual match opens the ACC slate of the schedule for the Cavaliers.
Admission to Virginia home wrestling matches this season is not open to the public.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
The match will be broadcast on ACCNX and is available through the ESPN app and WatchESPN to people who subscribe to a television service that carries the ACC Network. Links to the live stream and live stats are available at VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).
THE FORMAT FOR THE WEEKEND
The squads will wrestle the regular dual with the 10 weight classes beginning at 5 p.m. Due to the condensed season schedule and in an attempt to allow for more wrestlers to get countable matches this season, the squads will wrestle additional individual matches following the completion of the matches that make up the traditional dual meet.
CAVALIERS IN THE RANKINGS
Virginia has five wrestlers in the latest edition of the InterMat rankings, adding Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) at No. 19 at 165 pounds to the four wrestlers who were ranked last week. Also ranked are Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) who comes in at No. 3 at 197 pounds, Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.) who is No. 12 at 133 pounds, Justin McCoy (New Paris, Pa.) who is No. 16 at 157 pounds and Quinn Miller (Lilburn, Ga.) who is No. 19 at heavyweight.
133: No. 12 Louie Hayes
157: No. 16 Justin McCoy
165: No. 19 Jake Keating
197: No. 3 Jay Aiello
HWT: No. 19 Quinn Miller
LAST TIME OUT FOR VIRGINIA
Virginia is coming off a dominant performance against Gardner-Webb last weekend with seven bonus-point victories on the afternoon. The Cavaliers swept the 10 weight classes with pins from Aiello and Hayes leading the performances against Gardner-Webb. The Cavaliers tallied 44 points in the victory.
VIRGINIA’S PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Patrick McCormick (4-2)
133: No. 12 Louie Hayes (5-0)
141: Brian Courtney (4-0)
149: Denton Spencer (1-0)
157: No. 16 Justin McCoy (4-0)
165: No. 19 Jake Keating (5-0)
174: Vic Marcelli (3-1) OR Robby Patrick (2-1)
184: Michael Battista (4-0)
197: No. 3 Jay Aiello (4-0)
HWT: No. 19 Quinn Miller (4-0)
NC STATE’S PROBABLE LINEUP
125: No. 6 Jackob Camacho (3-0)
133: No. 15 Jarrett Trombley (3-0) OR Ryan Jack (5-0)
141: No. 10 Tariq Wilson (3-0)
149: Ed Scott (2-1)
157: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (3-0)
165: No. 10 Thomas Bullard (1-1)
174: No. 12 Daniel Bullard (2-1)
184: No. 4 Trent Hidlay (0-0) OR Jacob Ferreira (1-1)
197: Nick Reenan (3-0)
HWT: No. 17 Deonte Wilson (2-0)
A LOOK AT THE WOLFPACK
NC State enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-0 after posting wins over Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State in its first two duals. With the two dual wins, the Wolfpack have the nation’s longest active win streak of 19 consecutive duals after going 15-0 last season. NC State has wrestlers ranked at 8-of-10 weight classes among its projected starters, including three wrestlers in the top 10 nationally.
THE SERIES WITH NC STATE
The series between Virginia and NC State began in the 1925 season, a meeting the Cavaliers won 15-10 in Raleigh. The teams have met 74 times with NC State currently holding a 39-34-1 lead in the all-time series. It’s been a series of runs recently with NC State having won six straight in the series, but Virginia won seven straight prior to this current win streak by the Wolfpack. Head coach Steve Garland is 7-7 against NC State in his time at the helm of the Cavalier program.
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will continue ACC competition next weekend, traveling to face No. 8 Virginia Tech at 5 p.m. in a dual scheduled to be streamed on ACCNX on Jan. 22.