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Nov. 16, 1997

Men's Wrestling Fares Well at Keydet Invitational

Bernd, Francesca, Geary take Titles at Meet

LEXINGTON, Va.- Virginia freshmen Jason Bernd (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial), Greg Francesca (Union, N.J./Blair Academy), and Dan Geary (Erie, Pa./Christian Brothers) each took home a title today at the 1997 Keydet Invitation held at VMI in Lexington, Va. Bernd won at 134 lbs, Francesca took the title at 158 lbs, and Geary was the champion at 167 lbs.

Bernd defeated both of his opponents in major decisions, as he defeated Chad Casto of Washington and Lee 8-0 and Matt Wagoner of Old Dominion 9-1.

Cartney Curnuck (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) won the consolation bracket at 150 lbs, defeating Peter Baccia of Appalachian State 6-5 in the consolation finals. He pinned his first round opponent Anthony Bravo of VMI in the opening seconds of the third period before losing 3-2 to Jeff Rysak of Old Dominion.

Francesca defeated three Wildcats to claim his title. He overwhelmed his first round opponent Justin Pritchard of Davidson 15-3. He got past Ronald Williams, also of Davidson, 5-2 in the semis before he nipped Ean Kaplan, again of Davidson, 3-2 for the trophy.

Geary received a first round bye and in the semis defeated John Wall of Washington & Lee 2-0. In the finals, he defeated Jeff Libersat of Davidson 5-5 in a match decided by criteria.

Virginia continues its season next weekend as the Cavaliers travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to participate in the Keystone Classic.

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