CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (2-1) jumps back into dual action on Saturday (Jan. 7) when the Cavaliers take on George Mason (8-0) in a neutral-site contest as part of the Richmond Wrestling Club Arms Classic hosted at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va.
Wrestling between the Cavaliers and Patriots is set to begin at 2 p.m. in the Bolling Field House on the first floor of the Kemper Athletic Facility.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
The dual will be streamed on FloWrestling which is available for through subscription. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).
Tickets for the event are $5 for fans age 13 and up and are available at the door.
• Virginia is 10-4 all-time against George Mason with the last meeting coming in the 2016-17 season.
• The Cavaliers won that last meeting 27-10 at Mem Gym.
• This is the first dual for the Hoos at St. Christopher’s School since the 2015-16 season against VMI.
• The Cavaliers have four wrestlers in the latest InterMat rankings with Justin McCoy leading the way at No. 14 at 165 pounds. Also ranked are Neil Antrassian (No. 18 – 184), Jake Keating (No. 23 – 157) and Jarod Verkleeren (No. 29 – 149).
• Virginia is 2-1 in dual action after posting wins at Queens and Campbell in the fall. The lone blemish on the dual schedule came against No. 15 Northwestern at home.
• The Cavaliers are coming off a pair of solid performances at holiday tournaments after competing at the Midlands Championships and the Southern Scuffle.
• Three Cavaliers placed at the Midlands Championships: Neil Antrassian (3rd – 184), Justin McCoy (5th – 165) and Michael Battista (6th – 197).
• Freshman Michael Gioffre placed to lead UVA at the Southern Scuffle with his fifth-place finish at 149 pounds.
VIRGINIA PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Patrick McCormick OR Kyle Montaperto
133: Erik Roggie OR Garrett Grice
141: Dylan Cedeno
149: No. 29 Jarod Verkleeren
157: No. 23 Jake Keating
165: No. 14 Justin McCoy
174: Vic Marcelli OR Justin Phillips
184: No. 18 Neil Antrassian
197: Michael Battista
285: Ethan Weatherspoon
GEORGE MASON PROBABLE LINEUP
125: Markel Baker
133: Josh Jones OR Pay Schellpfeffer
141: Anthony Glasl OR Shawn Nonaka
149: Nate Higley
157: Loranzo Rajaonarivelo
165: Drew Dickson
174: Jeremy Seymour
184: Malachi DuVall OR Tyer Kocak
197: Jon List
285: Donovan Sprouse
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia will continue to wrestle on the road next weekend when the Cavaliers compete at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. The Cavaliers are set to wrestle four duals in the two-day event at Hampton Coliseum (Jan. 13-14).