CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia has four wrestlers ranked among the nation’s preseason top 30, including three in Amateur Wrestling News’ Preseason Top 20. The Cavaliers boast the most wrestlers in the AWN preseason rankings of any ACC school, with half of the league’s six ranked wrestlers.
Rocco Caponi (Jr., Uniontown, Ohio) headlines the UVa contingent, with a ninth-place preseason ranking at 184 pounds. He, along with NC State’s Ryan Goodman at 197, are the ACC’s highest-ranked wrestlers in the AWN preseason rankings. Caponi is the defending conference champion at 184.
Eric Albright (Jr., York, Pa.), who along with Caponi competed at the NCAA championships last year, is ranked 12th in the preseason at 133 pounds. Brent Jones (So., Lansdale, Pa.), who redshirted last season, holds a No. 19 ranking at 197.
In addition, Kellon Balum (So., Herndon, Pa.) is ranked 26th at 141 in the Wrestling USA magazine preseason poll. Balum was the ACC runner-up last season.
Virginia opens the season at home Nov. 3 at Memorial Gymnasium with a quadrangular meet that features Anderson, VMI and Wagner.
Afamefuna Thriving in New RoleMen's Soccer4/24/17After making the ACC's All-Freshman team as a defender last fall, Virginia's Robin Afamefuna is looking to contribute more at the attacking end this year.'Hoos Head Into Postseason on High NoteWomen's Lacrosse4/22/17In its regular-season finale, Virginia clinched the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament with a 6-5 win over Virginia Tech at Klöckner Stadium.Coleman Making Most of OpportunityFootball4/21/17Lester Coleman, who'll be a redshirt junior in the fall, has emerged as a strong candidate to succeed Nicholas Conte as Virginia's punter.
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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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