Spisak's Upset Pushes No. 12 UVa Past North Carolina

Highlighted by Joe Spisak’s upset win over fourth-ranked Evan Henderson at 141 pounds, the 12th-ranked Virginia wrestling team captured a 21-9 victory over North Carolina Friday evening. In recording their 20th straight home dual triumph, Virginia won seven of the 10 individual bouts on Senior Night.

Virginia has not lost a home dual since Nov. 27, 2011, an 18-13 loss to Virginia Tech.

Prior to the dual, Virginia honored seniors Stephen Doty, Jon Fausey and Tanner Hirstine in Senior Night ceremonies.

Ranked 16th nationally, Spisak scored the big win of the evening, a 4-0 decision against the reigning All-American Henderson, who suffered just his fourth defeat of the season.

“We had some guys banged up going into tonight, and there was a vibe going in that we needed to find a way to win,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “I was really proud of the way the guys stepped up. I thought the effort and tenacity, and the way our guys made the wins happen tonight, was really cool to see.”

Virginia also picked up wins from Joseph Martinez, Blaise Butler, Nick Sulzer, Doty, Zach Nye and Ethan Hayes to energize the big home crowd.

“We had a great crowd again tonight,” Garland said. “The last two ACC matches have been standing room only. There haven’t been enough seats for everyone, and that’s a good problem to have. I hope we continue to have that problem.”

UVa wraps up its ACC schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday when it travels to NC State. The Cavaliers conclude the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 16, with a 2 p.m. dual at George Mason.

No. 12 Virginia 21, North Carolina 9
141: No. 16/17 Joe Spisak (UVa) dec. No. 4/4 Evan Henderson (UNC) 4-0; UVa 3-0
149: Christian Barber (UNC) dec. Justin Van Hoose (UVa) 4-3 (TB2); 3-3
157: No. 15/15 Blaise Butler (UVa) dec. Jacob Crawford (UNC) 6-2; UVa 6-3
165: No. 2/2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) dec. John Staudenmayer (UNC) 4-3; UVa 9-3
174: No. 16/11 Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Scott Marmoll (UNC) 8-1; UVa 12-3
184: Alex Utley (UNC) dec. James Suvak (UVa) 8-3; UVa 12-6
197: Zach Nye (UVa) dec. Frank Abbondanza (UNC) 3-2 (TB1); UVa 15-6
285: Ethan Hayes (UVa) dec. Bob Coe (UNC) 10-2; UVa 18-6
125: Nathan Kraisser (UNC) dec. Nick Herrmann (UVa) 4-2; UVa 18-9
133: Joseph Martinez (UVa) dec. Troy Heilmann (UNC) 3-1; UVa 21-9

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