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Three Cavaliers Advance To Southern Scuffle Semifinals

Jan. 1, 2018

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three members of the Virginia wrestling program advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle on Monday, while two more continue to look to place after the first day of competition in the two-day event hosted by Chattanooga.

Redshirt freshman Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), sophomore Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) and redshirt sophomore Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) all advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals, while redshirt freshman Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) and freshman Brian Courtney (Sayre, Pa.) will continue through wrestlebacks and look to place on Tuesday.

Virginia is tied for sixth in the overall team standings with 46 total points, tied with CSU Bakersfield. Penn State (101), Northern Iowa (81.5), Lehigh (68), Navy (50.5) and Duke (49) make up the top five.

Wrestling resumes at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday morning. Fans can follow the action live through live results and video linked at, or by following the program’s official Twitter account @UVAWrestling.

Hayes, who is ranked No. 16 nationally, picked up three wins on Monday to advance and will face No. 4 Darian Cruz of Lehigh in the semifinals. Cruz is the top seed at 125 pounds, while Hayes is seeded fourth.



Mueller, who is ranked No. 4 nationally, picked up a pair of wins on Monday after receiving a first-round bye. Mueller is the second-seeded wrestler at 133 pounds in the event and will face Austin DeSanto of Drexel in the semifinals. DeSanto is ranked No. 6 nationally and is the three seed in the event. Mueller and DeSanto faced each other twice at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to open December with Mueller winning both matches.

Krivus, who is ranked No. 19 nationally, picked up three wins on Monday to advance to the semifinals at 149 pounds. He will face top-ranked and top-seeded Zain Retherford of Penn State in the semifinal round. Krivus is the fifth-seeded wrestler at 149 pounds.

Courtney went 3-1 on the day, dropping his only match of the day to No. 7 Josh Alber of Northern Iowa in a tight match. Courtney will face Nic Gil of Navy in the wrestlebacks on Tuesday. Gil is the seventh-seeded wrestler at 141 pounds.

Aiello went 2-1 on the day and defeated No. 16 Nathan Traxler of Stanford in the second round. He fell to the fifth-seeded wrestler at 197 pounds, Jacob Holschlag, from Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals. Aiello will face Luke Farinaro of Duke in the wrestlebacks on Tuesday.

In all, 18 wrestlers competed for the Cavaliers at the event on Monday. Ten of those wrestlers advanced to the final round of action on Monday night with four in the semifinals and six in the wrestlebacks for the last bouts of the day. Five saw their tournament come to an end, while the other five advanced to Tuesday’s action.

No. 16 Louie Hayes
Hayes tech fall Aaron Burton (Campbell), 17-1 (7:00)
Hayes tech fall Michael Johnson (N. Colorado), 23-8 (6:36)
Hayes dec. Gabe Townsell (Stanford), 6-4 (sv-1)
Hayes vs. No. 4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) in Tuesday semifinals

Scott Kiyono 
Kiyono pinned Colton Landers (Chattanooga), 6:40
Isaac Jimenez (Air Force) pinned Kiyono, 6:50
Jack Wagner (N. Iowa) by injury default over Kiyono

No. 4 Jack Mueller
Mueller dec. Cody Trybus (Navy), 6-0
Mueller major dec. Sean Nickell (CSU-Bakersfield), 10-0
Mueller vs. No. 6 Austin DeSanto (Drexel) in Tuesday semifinals

Brian Courtney
Courtney pinned Bradley Irwin (App. State), 5:38
No. 7 Josh Alber (N. Iowa) dec. Courtney, 7-4
Courtney pinned Charlie Kane (Hofstra), 5:41
Courtney major dec. Alec Opsal (Air Force), 13-3
Courtney vs. Nic Gil (Navy) in Tuesday wrestlebacks

Sam Martino 
Irvin Enriquez (App. State) dec. Martino, 4-0
Jon Ryan (Campbell) dec. Martino, 9-4 (TB-2)

Jake Keating 
Jake Verkleeren (Penn State) major dec. Keating, 16-5
Keating pinned Matt Zovistoski (App. State), 1:03
Keating tech fall Jon Mele (Lehigh), 27-12
Corey Wilding (Navy) dec. Keating, 6-1

No. 19 Sam Krivus
Krivus major dec. Mason Wallace (Chattanooga), 10-2
Krivus over Walker Dempsey by medical forfeit
Krivus dec. Ty Buckiso (Citadel), 3-1
Krivus vs. No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) in Tuesday semifinals

Cam Coy 
Coy dec. Quentin Hovis (Navy), 10-4
Coy tech fall Ryan Resnick (Chattanooga), 16-0 (4:26)
No. 1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) pinned Coy, 4:35
Parker Simington (Air Force) dec. Coy, 6-2

Fred Green 
Green pinned Jake Adcock (Chattanooga), 3:54
Ian Brown (Lehigh) major dec. Green, 13-4
Green pinned Paden Moore (N. Iowa), 2:49
No. 17 Coleman Hammond (CSU-Bakersfield) major dec. Green, 10-2

Michael Murphy 
Paul Fox (Chattanooga) dec. Murphy, 6-1
Dylan Forzani (Chattanooga) dec. Murphy, 8-5

Andrew Atkinson 
No. 19 Gordon Wolf (Lehigh) major dec. Atkinson, 11-3
Atkinson major dec. Thomas Flitz (App. State), 10-2
Quentin Perez (Campbell) major dec. Atkinson, 13-5

No. 18 Will Schany 
Spencer Carey (Navy) dec. Schany, 7-5 (sv-1)
Schany dec. Bobby Fehr (Hofstra), 10-3
Cody Hughes (Va. Tech) dec. Schany, 6-4

Michael Battista 
Michael Coleman (Navy) pinned Battista, 2:42
Trey Hartsock (Lock Haven) dec. Battista, 8-5

Jay Aiello
Aiello dec. Sawyer Root (Citadel), 6-2
Aiello dec. No. 16 Nathan Traxler (Stanford), 7-6
Jacob Holschlag (N. Iowa) major dec. Aiello, 11-1
Aiello vs. Luke Farinaro (Duke) in Tuesday wrestlebacks

Brian Kennerly 
No. 7 Mike Hughes (Hofstra) pinned Kennerly, 2:09
Kennerly dec. Lathan Bumgarner (Gardner-Webb), 9-5
Demetrius Thomas (Unattached) pinned Kennerly, 1:57

Tyler Love 
Love dec. Matt Wagner (Air Force), 5-1
No. 3 Nick Nevills (Penn State) dec. Love, 3-0
Love dec. Andrew Piehl (Navy), 4-2 (sv-1)
Demetrius Thomas (Unattached) major dec. Love, 13-4

Quinn Miller 
Dustin Dennison (Utah Valley) pinned Miller, 4:14
Matt Voss (George Mason) dec., 7-5 (sv-1)

Robert Scherer 
Carter Isley (N. Iowa) major dec. Scherer, 12-4
Alex Nicholas (Penn State) dec. Scherer, 9-6


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