HAMPTON, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (5-1) picked up a pair of wins on Friday (Jan. 13) as the Cavaliers defeated Ohio (2-3) and Navy (0-3) to open up two days of competition in the Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum.

The Cavaliers defeated the Bobcats by a score of 23-10 to start the day before downing Navy by a score of 29-9.

Virginia’s day started with the dual against Ohio with the Bobcats claiming the opening bout before Virginia would rattle of three straight wins to take the lead for good in the dual. Garrett Grice’s bonus-point victory at 133 pounds started the run that was capped by Michael Gioffre’s upset of No. 31 Alec Hagan at 149 pounds.

The teams traded scores in the next three weight classes with Nick Hamilton’s win over No. 32 Jordan Slivka at 165 pounds providing the other upset of the dual. Virginia would then claim the final three weight classes to lock up the victory.

The second dual of the day came against the Midshipmen of Navy with Virginia the first six weight classes on the way to build an insurmountable lead. Brian Courtney provided one of the two Cavalier upsets in the dual as he knocked off No. 14 Josh Koderhandt at 141 pounds in his return to the Cavaliers.

Navy would win three of the final four weight classes with Michael Battista’s win over NO. 29 Carson Brewer at 197 pounds closing the scoring for the Hoos.

• Virginia improved to 5-2 against Ohio and picked up its first-ever dual victory over Navy.
• Virginia wrestlers posted five bonus-point victories combined between the two duals.
• The Cavaliers picked up a pair of pins against Navy with Garrett Grice and Denton Spencer winning by fall.
• Brian Courtney saw his first action for the Hoos after joining the Cavaliers for an additional season this semester.

“We had a great day today. I’m really proud of our guys. We had a lot of guys step up today; with so many injuries and guys out we had to dig deep. Our young guys like Nick Hamilton, Garrett Grice and Michael Gioffre were amazing today. And then we had veterans like Patrick McCormick and Michael Battista getting gritty wins. I’m happy but we can’t let off the gas. We have two more tough teams tomorrow.”

Oscar Sanchez (OU) dec. Kyle Montaperto, 7-2 – OU 3, UVA 0
133: Garrett Grice major dec. Mason Brugh (OU), 17-5 – UVA 4, OU 3
141: Brian Courtney dec. Kyran Hagan (OU), 10-3 – UVA 7, OU 3
149: Michael Gioffre dec. No. 31 Alec Hagan (OU), 3-2 – UVA 10, OU 3
157: No. 28 Peyton Kellar (OU) major dec. Denton Spencer, 11-0 – UVA 10, OU 7
165: Nick Hamilton dec. No. 32 Jordan Slivka (OU), 12-6 – UVA 13, OU 7
174: No. 30 Sal Perrine (OU) dec. Vic Marcelli, 8-2 – UVA 13, OU 10
184: No. 16 Neil Antrassian dec. Zayne Lehman (OU), 12-5 – UVA 16, OU 10
197: Michael Battista dec. Carson Brewer (OU), 8-4 – UVA 19, OU 10
285: Ethan Weatherspoon major dec. Drew Harris (OU), 13-4 – UVA 23, OU 10

125: Patrick McCormick dec. Dayton DelViscio (Navy), 6-1 – UVA 3, Navy 0
133: Garrett Grice pinned Brendan Ferretti (Navy), 3:51 – UVA 9, Navy 0
141: Brian Courtney dec. No. 14 Josh Koderhandt (Navy), 4-2 – UVA 12, Navy 0
149: Michael Gioffre tech fall James Latona (Navy), 24-9 – UVA 17, Navy 0
157: Denton Spencer pinned Devon Deem (Navy), 1:54 – UVA 23, Navy 0
165: Nick Hamilton dec. Val Park (Navy), 8-4 – UVA 26, Navy 0
174: Sammy Starr (Navy) dec. Justin Phillips, 3-1 – UVA 26, Navy 3
184: David Key (Navy) dec. No. 16 Neil Antrassian, 8-6 – UVA 26, Navy 6
197: Michael Battista dec. No. 29 Jake Koser (Navy), 7-6 – UVA 29, Navy 6
285: No. 20 Grady Griess (Navy) dec. Ethan Weatherspoon, 7-4 – UVA 29, Navy 9

Virginia continues competition at the Virginia Duals on Saturday with matchups against Kent State at 1 p.m. and No. 23 Maryland at 2:30 p.m.