CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Virginia wrestling team (1-1) kicked off a weekend road trip with a decisive victory over Queens University of Charlotte (0-7) on Friday (Dec. 2) at Curry Arena. The Cavaliers defeated the Royals 44-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia raced out of the gates and picked up bonus-point victories in the first nine weight classes, including four major decisions, three technical falls and a pair of pins.
Patrick McCormick (125) and Dylan Cedeno (141) sandwiched major decisions around a second-period pin from Erik Roggie (133) to get the night started. Virginia then got consecutive tech falls from No. 29 Jarod Verkleeren at 149 pounds and Denton Spencer at 157 pounds before ninth-ranked Justin McCoy would record the night’s second pin in only 0:28 seconds at 165 pounds.
The Cavaliers then got a major decision from Justin Phillips (174) before No. 30 Neil Antrassian (184) got the first of consecutive tech falls for the Hoos. Michael Battista finished the scoring on the evening for Virginia with a tech fall at 197 pounds.
Queens got on the board when Gabe Christenson was forced to default due to injury at heavyweight.
VIRGINIA 44, QUEENS 6
125: Patrick McCormick major dec. Ashton Thomson (QUC), 15-3; UVA 4, QUC 0
133: Erik Roggie pinned Griffin Gonzalez (QUC), 3:33; UVA 10, QUC 0
141: Dylan Cedeno major dec. Melvin Rubio (QUC), 13-4; UVA 14, QUC 0
149: No. 29 Jarod Verkleeren tech fall Nico D’Amico (QUC), 18-1 (2:07), UVA 19, QUC 0
157: Denton Spencer tech fall David Makupson (QUC), 16-0, (4:35), UVA 24, QUC 0
165: No. 9 Justin McCoy pinned Caleb Moore (QUC), 0:28; UVA 30, QUC 0
174: Justin Phillips major dec. J.T. Skalecki (QUC), 13-1; UVA 34, QUC 0
184: No. 30 Neil Antrassian tech fall D’Andre Hunt (QUC), 16-1 (3:00), UVA 39, QUC 0
197: Michael Battista tech fall Riley Kuhn (QUC), 21-5 (5:10), UVA 44, QUC 0
HWT: Mikey Lytle (QUC) over Gabe Christenson by injury default, UVA 44, QUC 6
FROM HEAD COACH STEVE GARLAND
“Our guys were scoring points in bunches tonight. They were having fun. It was good to see them together on a mission and wrestling well. We have a big one coming up on Sunday (at Campbell) that we now need to focus on.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia continues its weekend road trip with a 4 p.m. dual at Campbell on Sunday (Dec. 4). The dual will be streamed on ESPN+ through the ESPN app and at ESPN.com.