CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia wrestler Michael Battista has been named the ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week it was announced by the league office on Tuesday (Jan. 17).
Battista is coming off an undefeated weekend at the Virginia Duals where he helped the Cavaliers to victories over Kent State, Ohio and Navy. The lone blemish on the schedule came in a dual with No. 23 Maryland in the final dual of the weekend.
The graduate student went 4-0 on the weekend with a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including decisions against No. 11 Jaxon Smith of Maryland and No. 29 Jake Koser of Navy. The win over Koser was a gritty 7-6 decision, while the win over Smith was secured in sudden victory with a 3-1 decision. The win over Smith also pulled the Cavaliers within two points of the Terrapins in the overall team score with one bout to go in the dual.
Battista and the Cavaliers will return to the mat on Friday (Jan. 20) when Virginia hosts Pittsburgh to open ACC competition at Memorial Gym in a 7 p.m. dual.