WASHINGTON – The Virginia wrestling team (7-2) jumped out to the early lead on Sunday (Jan. 28) and never looked back as the Cavaliers grabbed a 36-6 victory at American (5-10)

Virginia won the first three weight classes to open the bout, with Kyle Montaperto (125) and Jack Gioffre (141) sandwiching tech falls around a win by decision from Gable Porter (133).

Following an American victory at 149 pounds, the Cavaliers added three more bonus-point wins with two more tech falls from Dylan Cedeno (157) and Justin McCoy (174) around a major decision from Nick Hamilton (165).

American would take a slim decision at 184 pounds, but Virginia would answer with a tech fall from Krystian Kinsey (197) and a major decision from Ryan Catka (HWT) to close out the dual victory.


  • Virginia is now 15-1 all-time against American and has won nine straight in the series.
  • Virginia posted five tech fall victories for the second straight dual with the five against American on Sunday.
  • The Cavaliers won eight weight classes with seven of them being bonus-point victories.
  • Ryan Catka improved to 9-0 in dual matches this season and is 11-2 on the season.
  • Justin McCoy is 14-2 on the year and improved to 8-1 in dual action this season. He has tech falls in back-to-back duals with the win on Sunday.
  • Dylan Cedeno hit the mat for the first time in 2024 and delivered a tech fall in his bout at 157 pounds.

“Man, the guys really looked great this weekend. I’m really happy for them. That type of wrestling is what we want to be about; hunting for bonus points and looking to be dangerous in every position. Now we have a huge match coming up with a great team and have to move on quick.”

Virginia wrestles at home on Friday (Feb. 2) as the Cavaliers host Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash matchup. The dual is set for a 7 p.m. start at John Paul Jones Arena and tickets are on sale at UVATix.com.

125: Kyle Montaperto tech fall Shamil Kalmatov (AU), 15-0 (7:00) – UVA 5, AU 0
133: Gable Porter dec. Max Leete (AU), 4-1 – UVA 8, AU 0
141: Jack Gioffre tech fall Cael McIntyre (AU), 20-5 (7:00) – UVA 13, AU 0
149: Jack Nies (AU) dec. Michael Gioffre, 5-4 – UVA 13, AU 3
157: No. 28 Dylan Cedeno tech fall Ryan Zimmerman (AU), 20-4 – UVA 18, AU 3
165: Nick Hamilton major dec. Breon Phifer (AU), 12-2 – UVA 22, AU 3
174: No. 14 Justin McCoy tech fall Mervin Mancia (AU), 15-0 (3:34) – UVA 27, AU 3
184: Lucas White (AU) dec. Griffin Gammell, 12-7 – UVA 27, AU 6
197: Krystian Kinsey tech fall Caleb Beaty (AU), 20-4 (6:10) – UVA 32, AU 6
HWT: No. 33 Ryan Catka major dec. Will Jarrell (AU), 14-6 – UVA 36, AU 6