March 20, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Virginia wrestling team opened competition at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Four Cavaliers won their opening matches to advance in the winners' bracket on Thursday evening.
Gus Sako (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio), Blaise Butler (R-So., Belvidere, Ill.), Nick Sulzer (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) and Stephen Doty (R-Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) all won their first-round matches to advance to the round of 16 this evening.
In the early team standings, UVa has four points and is tied for 26th place.
The second round begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. ESPNU will have the television coverage, while ESPN3 will have separate feeds of all eight mats. A link to live brackets also will be available at VirginiaSports.com, while live updates will be provided on the Virginia Wrestling Twitter account, @UVaWrestling.
Virginia's Thursday Results
Nick Herrmann (125 pounds)
1st Round - No. 6 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) dec. Herrmann, 7-5
Conso Rd. 1 - Cory Stainbrook (West Virginia)
No. 16 Joe Spisak (141 pounds)
1st Round - Laike Gardner (Lehigh) dec. Spisak, 9-8
Conso Rd. 1 - Gabe Moreno (Iowa State)
No. 7 Gus Sako (149 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Robert Jillard (Northern Illinois), 7-4
2nd Round - No. 10 Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech)
No. 10 Blaise Butler (157 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 7-6
2nd Round - No. 7 Brian Realbuto (Cornell)
No. 3 Nick Sulzer (165 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Chris Moon (VT), 9-3
2nd Round - No. 14 Dylan Palacio (Cornell)
No. 11 Stephen Doty (174 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Austin Gabel (VT), 3-2
2nd Round - No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota)
Jon Fausey (184 pounds)
1st Round - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) dec. Fausey, 7-5
Conso 1st Rd. - Clint Morrison (Rider)
Zach Nye (197 pounds)
1st Round - No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) dec. Nye, 10-3
Conso Pigtail - Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State)
2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Schedule of Events - All Times Eastern
Thursday (March 20)
Second Session - 7 p.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Pigtails, Wrestleback First Round & Second Round
Friday (March 21)
Third Session - 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Quarterfinals & Wrestleback Second and Third Rounds
Fourth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Semifinals & Wrestleback Fourth and Fifth Rounds
Saturday (March 22)
Fifth Session - 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Green Adjusting to New SurroundingsWrestling10/20/17A transfer from Boise State, which dropped its wrestling program last spring, Fred Green is a candidate to start at 157 pounds for Virginia.Butts' Bond With Benkert GrowingFootball10/18/17A redshirt junior from the Philadelphia area, UVA tight end Evan Butts has become one of quarterback Kurt Benkert's most reliable targets.Salt Evolving Into Pivotal PresenceMen's Basketball10/17/17A redshirt junior from New Zealand, 6-11 center Jack Salt has grown into a team leader for UVA, which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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