CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - With two wins Saturday, the No. 18 Virginia wrestling team placed seventh at the Virginia Duals, hosted at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. It marks the third time Virginia has placed in the prestigious event in 16 all-time appearances.
Virginia (10-3), seeded seventh in the tournament, went 2-1 Saturday and finished the Duals with three wins in five matches. UVa started the day with a 21-15 win over No. 23 Old Dominion before dropping a 21-18 decision to No. 24 Virginia Tech. In the seventh-place match, the Cavaliers rebounded to down Michigan, 19-13, for UVa's second win over the Wolverines in as many days.
Chris Henrich (Jr., Lansdale, Pa.) and heavyweight Jack Danilkowicz (R-Jr., Green Oaks, Ill.) each picked up three wins on the day. Henrich, ranked fourth nationally at 174 pounds, went 5-0 at the Duals and upped his record to 20-2 this season.
Danilkowicz and Mike Salopek (R-Fr., North Huntingdon, Pa.) each went 4-1 in the Duals. Salopek, ranked 19th nationally at 184 pounds, is now tied with Henrich for the team lead in wins (20-6). Shawn Harris (R-So, Cleveland, Ohio) also went 2-0 Saturday for Virginia.
UVa wrapped up the day with a 19-13 victory over Michigan (4-7). The Cavaliers notched six individual wins, with Harris providing UVa bonus points with his 18-4 major decision over Mark Boyer. Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.), Danny Clarke (R-Fr., Ramsey, N.J.), Henrich, Salopek and Danilkowicz all recorded wins by decision against the Wolverines (4-7).
Virginia won four matches against Virginia Tech (10-2), with Kellon Balum (Sr., Herndon, Pa.) and Brent Jones (Sr., Burke, Va.) winning decisions at 149 and 197, respectively, while Henrich and Danilkowicz each won by forfeit. The individual matches were close throughout, with only one bout resulting in bonus points.
The Old Dominion match went down to the final weight class, and Danilkowicz secured the team win for the Cavaliers with a 9-3 decision over ODU's Grant Chapman. Entering the heavyweight bout, the Cavaliers held a three-point lead over ODU (4-3).
No. 18 Danny Gonsor (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) racked up a technical fall against Joey Sheridan at 157 pounds, while Henrich had a major decision over former NCAA qualifier Eric Decker at 174. Valenti, Harris and Salopek also picked up wins for Virginia at 141, 149 and 184, respectively.
The Cavaliers will have rematches with Virginia Tech and ODU in Charlottesville in the coming weeks. UVa and Virginia Tech will meet in an ACC dual in Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 23, while the Monarchs and Cavaliers will battle at Mem Gym on Feb. 6.
Virginia returns to action at 1 p.m. next Sunday with a dual at Penn at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
No. 18 Virginia 21, No. 23 Old Dominion 15
125: No. 7 James Nicholson (Old Dominion) dec. Matt Snyder (Virginia), 5-3; UVa 0, ODU 3
133: Justin LaValle (Old Dominion) dec. Matt Cubillos (Virginia), 5-0; UVa 0, ODU 6
141: Derek Valenti (Virginia) dec. Craig Wilson (Old Dominion), 3-1; UVa 3, ODU 6
149: Shawn Harris (Virginia) dec. John Nicholson (Old Dominion), 7-1; UVa 6, ODU 6
157: No. 18 Danny Gonsor (Virginia) tech fall Joey Sheridan (Old Dominion), 16-1; UVa 11, ODU 6
165: No. 15 Chris Brown (Old Dominion) dec. Michael Chaires (Virginia), 6-1; UVa 11, ODU 9
174: No. 4 Chris Henrich (Virginia) major dec. Eric Decker (Old Dominion), 10-1; UVa 15, ODU 9
184: No. 19 Mike Salopek (Virginia) dec. Joe Budi (Old Dominion), 7-3; UVa 18, ODU 9
197: Jesse Strawn (Old Dominion) pinned No. 16 Brent Jones (Virginia), 4:17; UVa 18, ODU 15
285: Jack Danilkowicz (Virginia) dec. Grant Chapman (Old Dominion), 9-3; UVa 21, ODU 15
No. 24 Virginia Tech 21, No. 18 Virginia 18
125: No. 16 Jarrod Garnett (Va. Tech) dec. Ross Gitomer (Virginia), 2-1; UVa 0, VT 3
133: Brock LiVorio (Va. Tech) dec. Matt Snyder (Virginia), 7-1; UVa 0, VT 6
141: No. 12 Chris Diaz (Va. Tech) dec. Derek Valenti (Virginia), 7-2; UVa 0, VT 9
149: Kellon Balum (Virginia) dec. Brian Stephens (Va. Tech), 9-8; UVa 3, VT 9
157: No. 7 Jesse Dong (Va. Tech) dec. Danny Gonsor (Virginia), 7-1; UVa 3, VT 12
165: Matt Epperly (Va. Tech) pinned Michael Chaires (Virginia), 6:20; UVa 3, VT 18
174: No. 4 Chris Henrich (Virginia) won by forfeit; UVa 9, VT 18
184: Tommy Spellman (Va. Tech) dec. No. 19 Mike Salopek (Virginia), 2-1; UVa 9, VT 21
197: No. 16 Brent Jones (Virginia) dec. Chris Penny (Va. Tech), 8-2; UVa 12, VT 21
285: Jack Danilkowicz (Virginia) won by forfeit; UVa 18, VT 21
No. 18 Virginia 19, Michigan 13
125: Sean Boyle (Michigan) dec. Matt Snyder (Virginia), 5-1; UVa 0, UM 3
133: Zac Stevens (Michigan) major dec. Ross Gitomer (Virginia), 15-5; UVa 0, UM 7
141: Derek Valenti (Virginia) dec. Mark Weber (Michigan), 7-5; UVa 3, UM 7
149: Shawn Harris (Virginia) major dec. Mike Sears (Michigan), 18-4; UVa 7, UM 7
157: Danny Clarke (Virginia) dec. Mark Boyer (Michigan), 7-3; UVa 10, UM 7
165: Aaron Hynes (Michigan) dec. Beau Fisher (Virginia), 4-0; UVa 10, UM 10
174: No. 4 Chris Henrich (Virginia) dec. Justin Zeerip (Michigan), 3-1; UVa 13, UM 10
184: No. 19 Mike Salopek (Virginia) dec. Hunter Collins (Michigan), 9-5; UVa 16, UM 10
197: No. 9 Anthony Biondo (Michigan) dec. No. 16 Brent Jones (Virginia), 13-10; UVa 16, UM 13
285: Jack Danilkowicz (Virginia) dec. Ben Apland (Michigan), 6-5; UVa 19, UM 13
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