No. 24 Wrestling Battles No. 14 Penn State, AIC Sunday

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia wrestling, ranked No. 24 nationally, continues its brutal early schedule Sunday as it competes in the Journeymen Sprawl and Brawl Duals in Binghamton, N.Y. The Cavaliers face their fourth straight foe from the Big Ten Conference, No. 14 Penn State, in the opener at 9:45 a.m. UVa then will tackle American International College at 1:15 p.m.

Virginia battled three Big Ten foes last Saturday at the ACC/Big Ten Clash, defeating Michigan State, 23-15, and falling to No. 12 Wisconsin, 25-15, and No. 9 Illinois, 39-7. Chris Henrich (So., Lansdale, Pa.) won all three of his matches at 174 pounds and was named the ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week following his performance. The honor is the first career conference wrestler of the week distinction for Henrich.

Henrich (7-0), moved up to a No. 14 national ranking this week. He is slated to wrestle No. 17 Quentin Wright of Penn State in the opener. UVa has two other wrestlers ranked Rocco Caponi (Sr., Uniontown, Ohio) is up to No. 8 at 184 and Ross Gitomer (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) is ranked No. 17 at 125. Coming off an injury, Gitomer is on track to compete for the first time in three weeks on Sunday.

Caponi is scheduled to face No. 13 Phil Bomberger of Penn State. Penn State has two others who are ranked, both of whom are No. 2 in the country at their respective weight classes Bubba Jenkins at 149 and Dan Vallimont at 157.

The Nittany Lions are 0-1 in duals this year after suffering an 18-15 loss to Hofstra last Sunday. They are scheduled to travel to No. 4 Cornell Friday night for a dual prior to the Sprawl and Brawl Sunday. Penn State has won all of the seven previous meetings with UVa, but the programs have not met since 1988.

In the second match, Virginia will face AIC, which is 2-1 this season. The Yellow Jackets fell to Boston University (37-6) before downing Seton Hill (21-18) and Duquesne (21-20) in road bouts last weekend. UVa and AIC have never met previously in wrestling.

Virginia travels back to New York Nov. 29 to compete in the Northeast Duals in Albany. UVa is slated to wrestle No. 7 Oklahoma State at 11 a.m., Bucknell at 1 p.m. and Harvard at 3 p.m.