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Dec. 31, 1997

UVA Finishes Tied for 15th at Midlands Wrestling Championships

Virginia's Jason Mutarelli finishes eighth at 134 pounds

EVANSTON, Ill.--The University of Virginia finished tied for 15th among collegiate teams competing in the 1997 Midlands Wrestling Championships on Tuesday (Dec. 30). Iowa won the team competition with 134.50 points. Illinois was second with 113.50 points and Oregon third with 92.50 points. Virginia tied San Francisco State for 15th place among collegiate teams in the tournament with 22.50 points.

Jason Mutarelli had Virginia's highest individual finish at the tournament by finishing eighth at 134 pounds. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship bracket on the first day of competition on Monday (Dec. 29) before losing 23-10 to top-seeded and eventual champion Mark Ironside of Iowa. Mutarelli defeated Brad Clement of Columbia 1-0 in the consolation bracket on Monday before losing two matches on the second day of competition on Tuesday. He lost to Carl Perry of Illinois 9-3 and then lost to Mike Mendoza of California State at Bakersfield 6-2 in the match for seventh place.

UVa's Steve Garland lost to Jody Strittmatter of the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in the consolation bracket at 118 pounds on Tuesday. Garland had advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship bracket before losing to second-seeded Cody Sanderson of Iowa State on the first day of competition on Monday.

Virginia's next competition is at the Dallas Duals on January 3.

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