CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (7-2, 1-0 ACC) wrestles at home for the first time this season when the Cavaliers host No. 13 Virginia Tech (5-3, 1-0 ACC) on Friday night (Jan. 2). The dual is set to start at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

Tickets for Friday night’s contest are available at and are $12 if purchased in advance online. Tickets will be $15 once gates open an hour prior to the dual.

Friday night’s dual will be streamed on ACCNX which is available on the ESPN app and at Live stats are also available for the contest and links to the stream and live stats are available at Fans can also get updates on X by following the program’s official account (@UVAWrestling).


  • Virginia’s dual Friday is the first at home this season after opening with nine duals on the road or at neutral sites.
  • The Hoos went 7-2 through those duals and are coming off a 45-0 win at Duke last weekend to open ACC play.
  • Virginia has three wrestlers in the individual rankings this week with Dylan Cedeno (No. 27 at 157), Justin McCoy (No. 14 at 174) and Ryan Catka (No. 33 at heavyweight) all ranked by InterMat.
  • Four other Cavaliers have been ranked this season with Marlon Yarbrough (133), Jack Gioffre (141), Michael Gioffre (149) and Nick Hamilton (165) appearing in the polls. Each of them has also been injured this season coinciding with a fall from the rankings.
  • Ryan Catka is undefeated in dual action with a 9-0 mark and enters the weekend with an 11-2 mark overall.
  • Catka has been a scoring machine this season with nine of his 11 victories being bonus-point wins, including five technical falls and four major decisions.
  • Justin McCoy is 14-2 on the season and holds an 8-1 mark in dual action with his only dual blemish being an 2-1 decision in sudden victory at the hands of No. 18 Max Maylor of Wisconsin.
  • Despite seeing limited action due to injury this season, Dylan Cedeno (4-0) and Krystian Kinsey (3-0) are also undefeated in dual action.

125: Kyle Montaperto
133: Marlon Yarbrough OR Keyveon Roller
141: Jack Gioffre
149: Michael Gioffre OR Erik Roggie
157: No. 27 Dylan Cedeno OR Nick Sanko
165: Nick Hamilton
174: No. 14 Justin McCoy
184: Hudson Stewart OR Griffin Gammell OR Dylan Newsome
197: Krystian Kinsey
285: No. 33 Ryan Catka

125: No. 6 Cooper Flynn
133: No. 11 Sam Latona
141: No. 14 Tom Crook
149: No. 2 Caleb Henson
157: Clayton Ulrey
165: No. 23 Connor Brady
174: No. 2 Mekhi Lewis
184: No. 19 Sam Fisher OR TJ Stewart
197: No. 26 Andy Smith
285: No. 21 Hunter Catka


  • The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash is a rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line.
  • The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner of the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash trophy.
  • Friday’s UVA-VT dual is worth a point in the Clash as the Cavaliers currently command a 6-1.5 lead in this year’s standings.
  • Virginia captured the Clash in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023, while Virginia Tech won the Clash in 2017, 2018 and 2022. The 2020 and 2021 clashes were canceled due to the pandemic.