Feb. 7, 1998

Cavaliers Rout Weekend Competition

Defeat Howard 58-0 and Old Dominion 31-9

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Cavaliers set a school record with a 58-0 defeat of Howard on Saturday and followed that effort with a 31-9 defeat of Old Dominion 20 minutes later. Virginia's Matt Roth (Wescosville, Pa./Parkland) notched pins in both meets to help Virginia stay undefeated in February.

In the opening match against Howard, the Cavaliers jumped on top by accepting a forfeit at 118. Roth pinned C. J. Crawford at the 4:49 mark to give the Cavaliers a 12-0 lead. After accepting forfeits at 134, 142, and 150, Virginia sent Alex Leykikh (W. Hartford, Conn./Hall) to the mat to face Ephraim Walker at 158. Leykikh won with a pin at the 4:03 mark. At 167, the Cavaliers scored another forfeit. At 177, Tom Shaw (Wichita, Kan./Derby) won in a 12-4 major decision over Jesse Moore. Jimi Massey (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) notched the Cavaliers' third pin of the day in the first period to close out the wrestling action with a fall against Isaac July at the 1:50 mark. Jason Majestic (Patchogue, N.Y./Medford) won by forfeit at heavyweight for the final score of 58-0. It is the Cavaliers' first shut out since 1993 and eclipses the record for points in a match and largest margin of victory since a 49-0 defeat of Davidson in 1993.

In the afternoon match against the Monarchs of Old Dominion, Virginia's Steve Garland (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown) defeated Paul Jimenez 7-3. Roth scored his second pin of the afternoon with a fall against Andrew Simons in the first period at 2:47. Cavalier senior Jason Mutarelli (N. Catasauqua, Pa./Catasaqua), wrestling in his final home match, scored a technical fall 13 seconds into the second period with a 17-0 defeat of Christopher Blair. John Pozniak (State College, Pa./State College) won in a major decision at 142 over Jesse Correll 11-2. Shane Sigler (Iowa City, Iowa/West) upset ODU's Mark Strickland, ranked sixteenth nationally, with a 7-5 decision. The Monarchs made a run wth consecutive victories at 158 and 167. John Qualter (Short Hills, N.J./Millburn) was taken down in the final second by Orlando Morton and lost 3-1. But the Cavaliers closed the door as Shaw scored a major decision over Jesse Worrell 10-2 at 177. Josh Fannon scored the final points for the Monarchs with a 10-9 defeat of Massey at 190, but Majestic's win by forfeit at heavyweight brought the final score to 31-9 in favor of Virginia.

With the wins, the Cavaliers move to 8-6 on the season and have won the last seven in a row. They travel to Edinboro, Pa. next weekend, February 14, to compete in the Edinboro Open.

Wt. Wrestlers  (UVA-HU)         Team Score      Wrestler  (UVA-ODU)                         Team Score
118 Garland (VA) WB Forfeit         6-0         Garland (VA) dec. Jimenez 7-3               3-0
126 Roth (VA) WBF Crawford 4:49     12-0        Roth (VA) WBF Simons 2:47                   9-0
134 Mutarelli (VA) WB Forfeit       18-0        Mutarelli (VA) Tech Fall Blair 17-0 3:13    14-0
142 Pozniak (VA) WB Forfeit         24-0        Pozniak (VA) maj. dec. Correll 11-2         18-0
150 Sigler (VA) WB Forfeit          30-0        Sigler (VA) dec. Strickland 7-5             21-0
158 Leykikh (VA) WBF Walker 4:03    36-0        Kelly (ODU) dec. Leykikh 3-1                21-3    
167 Qualter (VA)  WB Forfeit        42-0        Morton (ODU) dec. Qualter 3-1               21-6
177 Shaw (VA) maj. dec.Moore 12-4   46-0        Shaw (VA) maj. dec. Worrell 10-2            25-6
190 Massey (VA) WBF July 1:50       52-0        Fannon (ODU) dec. Massey 10-9               25-9        
HWT Majestic (VA) WB Forfeit        58-0        Majestic (VA) WB Forfeit                    31-9