Mar. 12, 1997

Cavaliers Come Up Just Short at ACC Championships; Prepare for NCAA Championships

ACC Runners-Up: The Cavaliers went into the ACC Championships with high expectations and fell just short of their goal of winning the meet. Virginia fought brilliantly thorughout the competition as seven men qualified for the finals and consequently for the NCAA Championships. Gerard Harrison, injured in the first thirty seconds of his opening bout, lost in the first round but came back through the consolation bracket to calim third plce. Steve Garland was down 4-3 with 15 seconds to go against #2 seed Chris Heckel from Duke but scored a takedown and 2 nearfall points to win 7-4. Jason Mutarelli won his furst round match in a technical fall and avenged his dual match loss to UNC's Jason LaMotta to earn the right to battle undefeated Jim Guzzio from Maryland in the finals, where he lost a close and intense bout . Adrian Miles won his first match by fall over James Kocker in the first period to give UVa a welcome three team points.

Harshaw Highlights: Jim Harshaw raced through his bracket at 150 pounds to claim the ACC title along with his Virginia State title. Alex Leykikh also avenged his UNC dual match loss as he defeated Tom Bogan in overtime to advance to the finals. John Qualter, wrestling at 167, was leading in both of his matches but was unable to close the deal. Craig Fenstermaker sailed through the top half of the draw at 190 and ran into Scott Stay from UNC in the finals, with whom he had split their two earlier matches. The rubber match went to Stay, 4-3. In the heavyweight bout Zach Feldman returned to the finals where he again faced fifth-ranked nationally Justin Harty from UNC. Harty won his fourth consecutive ACC title in his 6-3 victory over Feldman.

NCAA Qualifiers: The seven wrestlers the Cavaliers qualifed for NCAA's is a school-best in history.

Top Individual Results
P. J. Bory
136 Champion Keydet Invitational
Steve Garland
126 Runner-up Carolina Open
126 Runner-up Virginia State Meet
Jason Mutarelli
134 Champion Keystone Classic
134 Runner-up Carolina Open
134 Sixth Midlands Championships
134 Third Virginia State Meet
Adrian Miles
142 Third Virginia State Meet
Jim Harshaw
150 Champion Carolina Open
150 Champion Virginia State Meet
John Qualter
158 Champion Keydet Invitational
Ryan Gumlock
167 Third Virginia State Meet
Martius Harding
177 Champion Virginia State Meet
Tom Shaw
190 Third Virginia State Meet
Craig Fenstermaker
190 Third Carolina Open
190 Champion Virginia State Meet
Zach Feldman
HWT Champion Keystone Classic
HWT Runner-up Carolina Open
Jason Majestic
HWT Third Virginia State Meet