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Derek Valenti
Derek  Valenti


1st Year


Virginia Has 286 Student-Athletes Named to ACC Honor Roll

Conference has record 2,909 student-athletes recognized


Virginia Has 293 Student-Athletes Named to ACC Honor Roll

Conference has record 2,916 student-athletes recognized


Virginia Has 293 Student-Athletes Named to ACC Honor Roll

Conference has record 2,916 student-athletes recognized


Derek Valenti Named Virginia Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Cavalier All-American joins coaching staff


DiCamillo Earns VaSID Rookie of Year Honors

Nine Cavaliers named to VaSID All-State Wrestling Team


NCAA Wrestling Championships (by Matthew Holst)

Nine Virginia wrestlers competed in the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 21).

2011 All-American - 149 pounds
2013 NCAA Qualifier - 149 pounds
2010 NCAA Qualifier - 141 pounds
2011, 2013 ACC Runner-Up - 149 pounds

• Tied for ninth in career wins at Virginia with 95
• Fifth in career dual wins at Virginia with 52
• Ninth in UVa history with 140 career matches

• Posted 19-10 record, including 14-5 mark in duals
• All of his losses came to NCAA qualifiers
• Ranked 14th at 149 pounds in final Amateur Wrestling News rankings and 19th in InterMat rankings
• Defeated Cornell's Christopher Villalona, 8-4, at NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa
• Lost to top-seeded Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) and Josh Wilson (Utah Valley) to be eliminated from NCAAs
• Runner-up at ACC Championships, falling to Virginia Tech's Nick Brascetta in final
• Went 4-1 in ACC dual competition; lone loss came to Virginia Tech's Nick Brascetta (3-2)
• Defeated Chattanooga's Alex Hudson on the opening day of the season (11/3)

• Redshirt season
• Went 14-2 while competing unattached in open tournaments
• Won the Mat Town Open (11/26) and Edinboro Open (2/11) at 149 pounds
• Took runner-up honors at NC State Open (11/13)
• Wrestled at Midlands Championships at 157 pounds, went 1-1


• Posted 27-15 record in 2010-11, but won 15 of final 19 matches after 12-11 start
• Made second straight trip to NCAA Championships and became Virginia's 13th All-American with eighth-place finish at 149 pounds
• Went 4-3 at the NCAA Championships - his three losses all came to top-five seeds (two by one point each, one by three points)
• After losing to No. 2 seed Frank Molinaro of Penn State in NCAA second round, he rebounded to win three straight matches to clinch All-America status
• Defeated No. 12 seed Desi Green of Buffalo, 4-3, scoring takedown with eight seconds remaining to pull upset and avenge regular-season defeat
• Defeated Central Michigan's Donnie Corby (6-2) and Michigan's Eric Grajales (9-7) to become All-American
• Fell 3-1 on last-second takedown to No. 5 seed Jamal Parks in All-America round, then dropped 5-4 decision to No. 3 seed Kevin LeValley of Bucknell in seventh-place bout
• In first season at 149 pounds, he posted 18-7 record in duals, including 4-1 mark in ACC bouts
• Runner-up to No. 1-ranked Darrion Caldwell at ACC Championships (lost 6-3)
• Ranked No. 19 in final InterMat and WIN national polls
• Won his final nine matches of the regular season, including 7-2 upset of then-No. 9 Brian Stephens of Virginia Tech
• Also defeated UNC's Nick Stabile, Maryland's Ben Dorsay and Duke AJ. Guardado in ACC competition; lone loss was the NC State's Matt Nereim
• Named ACC Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 8 following his win over Stephens
• Shared team's Outstanding Wrestler Award with Chris Henrich

• Finished season with 24-8 record and earned first trip to the NCAA Championships
• Ranked 19th nationally in final rankings by W.I.N. and 20th by InterMat
• Placed third at 2010 ACC Championships
• Went 17-5 in dual matches and 3-2 in ACC duals
• Finished second on team with 10 falls
• Posted 1-2 record at NCAA Championships - both defeats came to top-five seeded wrestlers
• Earned win over UNC Greensboro's Ivan Lopouchanski in his NCAA opener before falling to No. 2 Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State and No. 5 Zack Bailey of Oklahoma
• Defeated Mike Rappo (UNC), Mike Bell (Duke) and Scott Norris (NC State) in ACC action; dropped narrow decisions to Chris Diaz (Virginia Tech) and Alex Krom (Maryland)
• Placed seventh at Southern Scuffle (12/30)
• Kept his matches close - gave up more than seven points in only one match


• Went 24-10 in strong rookie season
• Posted four falls, four tech falls and four major decisions
• Placed second at Cleveland State Open (12/14)
• Notched third place in the freshman/sophomore division at Eastern Michigan Open (11/1)
• Placed fifth at Michigan State Open (11/9)
• Recorded fall over Bucknell's Adam Healey in dual meet at Northeast Duals (11/29)


• 2008 New Jersey state champion
• Three-time New Jersey state placewinner
• Wrestled for coach John Gill
• Took third place at 2008 high school senior nationals
• Team captain
• All-state
• Academic All-League
• Involved in Peer leadership and Hudson River Bay Fishing Association


• Son of Rich and Grace Valenti
• Graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental science from Virginia
• Has two older brothers, Matthew and Andrew. Matthew was a two-time NCAA champion at 133 pounds at Penn and currently an assistant coach for the Quakers; Andrew also wrestled at Penn

Weight Overall Dual ACC Dual Dual Pts. ACC NCAA MDTFPinsFastest
Year Class Record Record Record Scored Place Place W/L W/L W/L Pin
2008-09 141 24-10 3-3 0-1 - - - 4-1 4-0 4-1 -
2009-10 141 25-10 17-5 3-2 72 3rd DNP 1-1 1-0 10-0 1:31
2010-11 149 27-15 18-7 4-1 60 2nd 8th 5-0 1-0 1-0 6:56
2011-12* 149/157 14-2 0-0 0-0 0 - - 0-1 3-0 1-0 1:05
2012-13 149 19-10 14-5 4-1 46 2nd DNP 2-1 0-0 1-0 1:16
Career 95-45 52-20 11-5 178 12-3 6-0 16-1 1:16


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