CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia wrestling team quickly dispatched of Newberry (37-3) and Campbell (48-0) Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers dropped just one individual bout in coasting to the dominating victories. The 48-point bulge over Campbell is the fifth-largest margin of victory in program history.
Virginia (16-4) posted six falls in its two matches, with 12th-ranked Rocco Caponi (Jr., Uniontown, Ohio) recording two at 184 pounds as he improved to 32-2 this season. The Cavaliers also earned five major decisions and a technical fall.
Ross Gitomer (So., 125, Flemington, N.J.), Eric Albright (Jr., 133, York, Pa.) Nick Nelson (Fr., 141, Pittsburgh, Pla.), Shawn Harris (Fr., 149, Cleveland, Ohio), Drew DiPasquale (Jr., 157, Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Brent Jones (So., 197, Burke, Va.) all posted two victories on the day for Virginia.
No. 19 Chris Henrich (Fr., Lansdale, Pa.) scored a 7-6 decision over Newberry’s Bryant Blanton at 174 in the opener to win his 12th straight bout and up his record to 20-6 this year. Mike Sewell (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) added a major decision over the Indians’ Dustin Harvey to also notch his 20th win of the year, giving UVa 10 wrestlers with 20 or more wins this season.
Michael Chaires (Fr., Scotia, N.Y.) nabbed a technical fall at 165 against Campbell’s Chris Mazzatta, while Mike Grogan (Sr., North Canton, Ohio) posted his second fall of the year with a pin of Campbell’s Jeff Cote at 174. Heavyweight Jack Danilkowicz (So., Green Oaks, Ill.) also scored a major decision against the Camels’ Robert Yoder.
The Cavaliers return to ACC competition next Sunday, traveling to Durham, N.C., for two matches. UVa faces NC State at 1 p.m. at Riverside High School, then faces Duke on the Blue Devils’ home mat at 5 p.m.
VIRGINIA 37, NEWBERRY 3
125: Ross Gitomer (UVa) dec. Matt Oliver (NC), 7-3; UVa 3, NC 0
133: No. 20 Eric Albright (UVa) dec. Andrew Young (NC), 8-2; UVa 6, NC 0
141: Nick Nelson (UVa) fall Tony Washington (NC), 4:54; UVa 12, NC 0
149: Shawn Harris (UVa) dec. Latra Collick (NC), 6-2; UVa 15, NC 0
157: Drew DiPasquale (UVa) dec. Christian Johnson (NC), 4-1; UVa 18, NC 0
165: Mike Sewell (UVa) major dec., Dustin Harvey (NC), 17-6; UVa 22, NC 0
174: No. 19 Chris Henrich (UVa) dec. Bryant Blanton (NC), 7-6; UVa 25, NC 0
184: No. 12 Rocco Caponi (UVa) fall Jacob Elkins (NC), 2:26; UVa 31, NC 0
197: No. 20 Brent Jones (UVa) fall Kelly Anundson (NC), :40; UVa 37, NC 0
285: Cy Wainwright (NC) dec. Jack Danilkowicz (UVa), 7-1; UVa 37, NC 3
VIRGINIA 48, CAMPBELL 0
125: Ross Gitomer (UVa) major dec. Cranston Gittens (CU), 15-6; UVa 4, CU 0
133: No. 20 Eric Albright (UVa) med. for. Trevour Smith (CU); UVa 10, CU 0
141: Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. Keith Bidelspach (CU), 3-1; UVa 13, CU 0
149: Shawn Harris (UVa) major dec. Robert Mathews (CU), 12-4; UVa 17, CU 0
157: Drew DiPasquale (UVa) fall Jake Fose (CU), 1:01; UVa 23, CU 0
165: Michael Chaires (UVa) tech fall Chris Mazzatta (CU), 22-7 (6:33); UVa 28, CU 0
174: Mike Grogan (UVa) fall Jeffrey Cote (CU), 1:04; UVa 34, CU 0
184: No. 12 Rocco Caponi (UVa) fall Steven Higgins (CU), :25; UVa 40, CU 0
197: No. 20 Brent Jones (UVa) major dec. Parker Burns (CU), 17-9; UVa 44, CU 0
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) major dec. Robert Yoder (CU), 14-5; UVa 48, CU 0
Welsh Connection Adds to Bowl StorylinesFootball12/14/17Virginia (6-6) meets Navy (6-6) in the Military Bowl, Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md. George Welsh is a former head coach of each team.Cooper Thriving Under New StaffSwimming & Diving12/12/17A senior from Atlanta and one of the team's captains, Caitlin Cooper set the UVA women's record in the 50-yard freestyle early this month in Athens, Georgia.Hazzard Aiming to Uphold Family TraditionTrack & Field, Cross Country12/11/17A freshman from Long Island, New York, Halle Hazzard is the younger sister of Payton Hazzard, who was an All-America sprinter for the Cavaliers.
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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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