CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia wrestling team set a school record for dual wins in a season Sunday after downing Davidson and UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C. The 13-3 Cavaliers opened the day with a 45-4 romp over Davidson, then rallied from an early hole to down host UNC Greensboro, 24-18. The previous record for dual wins in a season was 12, set in 1975, 2003 and 2006.
Virginia had no problem matching the record, taking nine of 10 bouts in defeating Davidson (1-5). The Cavaliers got pins from Nick Nelson (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), Shawn Harris (Fr., Cleveland, Ohio) and Rocco Caponi (Jr., Uniontown, Ohio) at 141, 149 and 184 pounds, respectively, and a technical fall from Mike Sewell (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) at 165 to roll to a big win.
The dual against UNCG (5-5) was much tighter. The Spartans jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two weight classes before the Cavaliers roared back to win six of the next seven classes to put the dual away. Chris Henrich (Fr., Lansdale, Pa.) and Caponi posted back-to-back falls at 174 and 184 to aid in the comeback. Brent Jones (So., Burke, Va.) earned a 13-7 decision over 11th-ranked Daren Burns at 197 pounds to nab his 10th-consecutive win this season.
Caponi, ranked ninth nationally, finished with two falls and a major decision over the weekend to improve to 29-1 on the year. Henrich, with his fall vs. UNCG, won his ninth straight bout. Harris, Drew DiPasquale (Jr., Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Jones each won two matches at 149, 157 and 197, respectively, Sunday.
Virginia returns home at 7 p.m. Friday, battling North Carolina at Memorial Gymnasium in the Cavaliers’ ACC dual opener.
Virginia 45, Davidson 4
125: Ross Gitomer (UVa) dec. Vitaly Radsky (DAV) Dec, 9-2; UVa 3, DAV 0
133: No. 17 Eric Albright (UVa) dec. Alex Radsky (DAV) Dec, 6-1; UVa 6, DAV 0
141: Nick Nelson (UVa) fall Ben Thompson (DAV), 2:32; UVa 12, DAV 0
149: Shawn Harris (UVa) fall Scott Matthews (DAV), 4:15; UVa 18, DAV 0
157: Drew DiPasquale (UVa) major dec. Carl Sandercock (DAV), 11-0; UVa 22, DAV 0
165: Mike Sewell (UVa) tech fall Kevin Cook (DAV, 20-5; UVa 27, DAV 0
174: Trebor Clavette (DAV) major dec. Mike Grogan (UVa), 16-5; UVa 27, DAV 4
184: No. 9 Rocco Caponi (UVa) fall Sam O’Hair (DAV), 2:27; UVa 33, DAV 4
197: No. 19 Brent Jones (UVa) wins by forfeit; UVa 39, DAV 4
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) def. Charlie Wolff (DAV); UVa 45, DAV 4
Virginia 24, UNC Greensboro 18
125: Mitchell Johnson (UNCG) fall Ross Gitomer (UVa), 5:43; UNCG 6, UVa 0
133: Jeff Hedges (UNCG) fall No. 17 Eric Albright (UVa), 2:29; UNCG 12, UVa 0
141: Kellon Balum (UVa) dec. Ben Wilmore (UNCG), 6-1; UNCG 12, UVa 3
149: Shawn Harris (UVa) dec. Marcus Hannah (UNCG). 6-3; UNCG 12, UVa 6
157: Drew DiPasquale (UVa) dec. Mark Ring (UNCG), 10-3; UNCG 12, UVa 9
165: Byron Sigmon (UNCG) dec.. No. 20 Michael Chaires (UVa), 3-2; UNCG 15, UVa 9
174: Chris Henrich (UVa) fall Mikal McKee (UNCG), 2:23; UNCG 15, UVa 15
184: No. 9 Rocco Caponi (UVa) fall Nick Clark (UNCG), 1:17; UNCG 15, UVa 21
197: No. 19 Brent Jones (UVa) dec. No. 11 Daren Burns (UNCG), 13-7; UNCG 15, UVa 24
285: Ryan Hsu (UNCG) dec. Jack Danilkowicz (UVa), 5-1; UNCG 18, UVa 24
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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