Feb. 18, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia wrestling team recorded a 25-15 victory over the Maryland Terrapins in an Atlantic Coast Conference dual match at UVa's Memorial Gymnasium. After falling behind early to the Terrapins 12-6 after four matches, the Cavaliers rolled to claim five of the last six bouts to post a 10-point ACC win. In the 141-pound match, Virginia's #1 ranked Scott Moore recorded a win by fall over Maryland's Jason Gribschaw at 6:00 to improve his record to a perfect 41-0 with 29 wins coming by fall. Moore's 29 wins by fall this season is a new school record for most falls in a career at UVa. He broke former Virginia record holder Matt Roth's mark of 28 career falls from 1995-99.
Maryland and Virginia split the first two matches of the dual with the Terrapins' Sean Fehn posting a 4-2 decision over the Cavaliers' Drew Michelotti at 184-pounds before Virginia's Kevin Collier pinned Maryland's Jerry Afari at 1:52 at 197-pounds to give UVa an early 6-3 lead. However, the Terrapins won back-to-back matches at HWT and 125 after Maryland's Barry Stein pinned Andrew Leffler at 1:12 in the heavyweight class before 125-pounder Matt Pandullo posted a 4-2 decision over the Cavaliers' Ryan Stewart. Pandullo's victory gave Maryland a 12-6 lead after four bouts.
Trailing by six team points, Virginia would go on to claim five consecutive victories to regain the lead for good. UVa's Steve Hromada got things started with a 10-4 decision at 133-pounds over Mike Lupa to make it a 12-9 match before Virginia's Moore pinned Gribschaw at 6:00 at 141-pounds to give UVa the lead back for good at 15-12.
The Cavaliers' Aaron Martin increased UVa's lead to 18-12 by posting an 8-1 decision over Maryland's Jerad Villecco at 149-pounds. In the next match at 157-pounds, Virginia's Paul Bjorlo posted an 11-1 major decision victory over the Terrapins' Jason Kiessling to make the score 22-12.
At 165-pounds, UVa's #14 ranked Tim Foley
recorded Virginia's fifth consecutive victory with a close 7-5 win against Maryland's John Antonelli, bringing the Cavaliers' lead to 25-12. Maryland could only close the gap by three, winning the last match at 174-pounds as Pat Cissne defeated Virginia's Michael Grogan 14-8.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 9-5 overall, 3-1 in the ACC. The loss drops Maryland's record to 3-9 overall, 0-4 in the conference.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on Saturday, February 21st when UVa host a quad meet with James Madison, The Citadel and Cornell. Virginia is scheduled to face James Madison at noon, The Citadel at 2:00 PM and Cornell at 4:00 PM. The event is schedule to be held at UVa's Memorial Gymnasium. Maryland will also return to action on Saturday, February 21st when the Terrapins travel to Fairfax, Va. to face the George Mason Patriots in a non-conference dual match at 2:00 PM.
Here is a look at a match-by-match breakdown of the Maryland vs. Virginia dual:
Wt. Opponents Result Score M/V
184 Sean Fehn (UMd) def. Drew Michelotti (UVa) 4-2 3-0
197 Kevin Collier (UVa) def. Jerry Afari (UMd) Fall @ 1:52 3-6
HWT Barry Stein (UMd) def. Andrew Leffler (UVa) Fall @ 1:12 9-6
125 Matt Pandullo (UMd) def. Ryan Stewart (UVa) 4-2 12-6
133 Steve Hromada (UVa) def. Mike Lupa (UMd) 9-4 12-9
141 Scott Moore (UVa) def. Jason Gribschaw (UMd) Fall @ 6:00 12-15
149 Aaron Martin (UVa) def. Jerad Villecco (UMd) 8-1 12-18
157 Paul Bjorlo (UVa) def. Jason Kiessling (UMd) MD, 11-1 12-22
165 Tim Foley (UVa) def. John Antonelli (UMd) 7-5 12-25
174 Pat Cissne (UMd) def. Michael Grogan (UVa) 14-8 15-25
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