COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia wrestling team (2-0) won its second straight on the road to start the season with a 24-9 victory at Maryland (0-1) on Friday night (Nov. 12) at the XFINITY Center Pavilion.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia jumped out to the early lead on the Terrapins, taking the first six weight classes – including bonus-point victories from Jarod Verkleeren at 149 pounds and Jon Errico at 157 pounds – to take the 21-point lead in the overall dual score.
The Terrapins would grab the next three weight classes by decision before Virginia’s Quinn Miller would close things out with a decision at heavyweight for the final margin of victory.
125: Patrick McCormick dec. Zach Spence, 6-3 – UVA 3, UMD 0
133: No. 16 Brian Courtney dec. King Sandoval, 4-2 – UVA 6, UMD 0
141: Dylan Cedeno dec. Danny Bertoni, 4-2 (sv-1) – UVA 9, UMD 0
149: No. 31 Jarod Verkleeren tech fall William Berkowitz, 16-0 (4:02) – UVA 14, UMD 0
157: Jon Errico major dec. Lucas Cordio, 15-6 – UVA 18, UMD 0
165: No. 19 Justin McCoy dec. No. 31 John Martin Best, 8-4 – UVA 21, UMD 0
174: Dominic Solis dec. Justin Phillips, 5-2 – UVA 21, UMD 3
184: Kyle Cochran dec. Michael Battista, 7-4 – UVA 21, UMD 6
197: Jaron Smith dec. Ethan Weatherspoon, 16-14 – UVA 21, UMD 9
HWT: No. 21 Quinn Miller dec. No. 32 Zach Schrader, 8-2 – UVA 24, UMD 9
NOTES ON THE DUAL
• Virginia wins its sixth straight in the series against Maryland with the victory on Friday night.
• The Cavaliers won both matchups featuring ranked individuals with Justin McCoy and Quinn Miller winning.
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE GARLAND
“We had some gritty wins tonight. Justin McCoy, Brian Courtney and Dylan Cedeno in particular got tough when they needed to. The big story of the night actually came in a loss, though. We talk a lot about competing in such a way and we talk about not being fixated on the now, instead being fixated on the way you compete. Ethan Weatherspoon lived that tonight. He competed his heart out, but came just inches away from a win. He can walk off the mat with his head held high and no regrets because he gave everything he had out there and represented his teammates, his family and his University well. We are proud of him.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will return to action next weekend when the Cavaliers come home to host Campbell in a 1 p.m. dual on Saturday (Nov. 20). The dual will be held at the Aquatics and Fitness Center.