CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia wrestling team (7-4, 1-2 ACC) will host North Carolina (9-7, 1-2 ACC) for Senior Night at Mem Gym on Friday (Feb. 16). The dual is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. and admission is free to the public.

Friday night’s dual against the Tar Heels will be broadcast on the ACC Network and is available to stream through the ESPN app and at Live stats are also available and links to the stream and live stats are at Fans can also get updates by following @UVAWrestling on X.


  • Virginia wrestles at home on Friday night for only the second time this season after opening the year with nine consecutive duals on the road or at neutral sites – the Hoos went 7-2 in those duals.
  • The Hoos have three wrestlers ranked in the InterMat rankings as Marlon Yarbrough checks in at No. 28 at 133. Also ranked are Dylan Cedeno (No. 27 at 157 pounds) and Justin McCoy (No. 13 at 174 pounds).
  • Heavyweight Ryan Catka looks to get back in the win column after dropping back-to-back duals against nationally-ranked foes following his 9-0 start to dual competition. Catka is 9-2 in dual action and all nine of his dual victories are bonus-point wins.
  • Justin McCoy is 15-3 on the season with all three defeats coming at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents and is coming off a win over No. 29 Alex Faison in last week’s dual at NC State. He is 9-2 in dual action with a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 18 Max Maylor and a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Mekhi Lewis.
  • Several Hoos could return to the mat this week after battling injury, including Michael Gioffre (149) and Hudson Stewart (184). Stewart has not seen action since the Wilkes Open last December, while Gioffre has been sidelines since the Cavaliers’ dual victory at American (1/28).

The latest coaches rankings and RPI have been released by the RPI and the Cavaliers have four wrestlers across the two rankings.

Wrestler                  CPR/RPI
Jack Gioffre             -/22
Dylan Cedeno        30/-
Justin McCoy          13/13
Ryan Catka              32/-

125: Kyle Montaperto OR Sammie Hayes
133: No. 28 Marlon Yarbrough
141: Jack Gioffre
149: Michael Gioffre
157: No. 27 Dylan Cedeno OR Nick Sanko
165: Nick Hamilton
174: No. 13 Justin McCoy
184: Ethan Weatherspoon OR Hudson Stewart
197: Krystian Kinsey
285: Ryan Catka

125: No. 30 Spencer Moore
133: Derek Guanajuato
141: No. 5 Lachlan McNeil OR Jace Palmer
149: Jayden Scott
157: No. 32 Sonny Santiago
165: Isaias Estrada or Marcus Murabito
174: No. 17 Tyler Eischens
184: No. 24 Gavin Kane OR Sabino Portello
197: No. 23 Max Shaw
285: Cade Lautt

Virginia will go on the road to close out the dual schedule next weekend with a 7 p.m. contest at No. 22 Pittsburgh.