Jan. 24, 1998
Cavaliers Sweep Weekend Wrestling Matches
Defeat Virginia Tech 25-12 and The Citadel 29-18
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In the day’s opening match against in-state rival Virginia Tech, Virginia took a 9-0 lead after Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) pinned Jeremy Gaysek at the 4:04 mark of the 126-pound bout. The Cavaliers never looked back as they defeated the Hokies 25-12 today in Memorial Gymnasium.
Virginia got on the board first as Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) defeated Mike Mercado 8-2 to put the Cavaliers up 3-0. Roth’s pin gave the Cavaliers the 9-0 lead before Sean Gray downed Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) 4-2 to give the Hokies some points at 9-3. Jon Frent (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) added to the Cavaliers’ lead as he nipped David Inkman 2-1 at 142 pounds. The Hokies battled back with a 5-2 win at 150 pounds as Chris Martin bested Jim Harshaw (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley). The Cavaliers won all four contested matches after that, with Tech’s six team points coming from a forfeit at 190.
In the nightcap against The Citadel, Virginia’s Shane Sigler (Iowa City, Iowa/West) pinned the Bulldog’s Tommy Bell at the 4:23 mark of the 150-pound bout to give the Cavaliers a 26-0 lead that they would not relinquish as Virginia won its second dual match of the day with a 29-18 victory. The Cavaliers’ Roth pinned Billy Ahrens at 4:31 for his second fall of the day in helping the Cavaliers to their second consecutive dual match win.
Garland started things off for the Cavaliers with a major decision at 118-pounds with a 16-3 defeat of Anthony Brooker. Roth scored his pin at the 126 bout, and P. J. Bory (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) notched Virginia’s second consecutive pin with a 58-second fall over Matt Branscum at 134 pounds.
John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College) defeated Tony Nguyen in a major decision 12-1 at 142 pounds, and Sigler’s pin at 150 gave Virginia the 26-0 lead. Greg Francesca (Union, N.J./Blair Academy) won at 158 with an 8-7 victory over Tim Ritchie to give the Cavaliers a 29-0 lead, the last team points Virginia would muster. From there, the Bulldogs won the last four bouts for the final score of 29-18.
Virginia finishes the weekend with a 3-6 record and will continue their dual match season with a trip to Duke next Friday, January 30 in Durham.
118 Garland (V) dec. Mercado 8-2 3-0 Garland (VA) maj. dec. Brooker 16-3 4-0
126 Roth (V) WBF Gaysek 4:04 9-0 Roth (VA) WB Fall Ahrens 4:31 10-0
134 Gray (VPI) dec. Mutarelli 4-2 9-3 Bory (VA) WB Fall Branscum 0:58 16-0
142 Frent (V) dec. Inkman 2-1 12-3 Pozniak (VA) maj dec. Nguyen 12-1 20-0
150 Martin (VPI) dec. Harshaw 5-2 12-6 Sigler (VA) WB Fall Bell 4:23 26-0
158 Alex Leykikh (V) maj dec. Eric Hall 14-4 16-6 Francesca (VA) dec. Ritchie 8-7 29-0
167 John Qualter (V) dec. Jarrod Martin 3-2 19-6 Rob Fries (C) dec. John McManus 3-0 29-3
177 Tom Shaw (V) dec. Christian Basnight 4-0 22-6 Pat Hallwood (C) WB Fall Shaw 4:21 29-9
190 Ward Hugh (VPI) WB Forfeit 22-12 Scott Goodwin (C) WB Forfeit 29-15
HWT Jason Majestic (V) dec.Brent Orwig 2-0 25-12 Craig Stephenson (C) dec. Majestic 29-18