The No. 11 Virginia wrestling team captured eight of 10 individual matches in a 27-6 victory over Old Dominion Sunday on Senior Day at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (15-3) picked up their sixth straight dual win and finished 7-0 in home duals this season.
Prior to the match Virginia honored five fifth-year seniors in Senior Day ceremonies: Jedd Moore, Matt Nelson, Mike Salopek, Matt Snyder and Derek Valenti.
No. 7 Nick Sulzer and No. 16 Jon Fausey each put up bonus-point wins for the Cavaliers. No. 10 Snyder moved into the top 10 in career wins at Virginia with a 1-0 win at 125 pounds. Ranked 20th nationally by InterMat, Valenti earned his 91st career win with a victory at 149 pounds.
George DiCamillo pulled out a 4-3 win at 133 and Valenti moved into 11th place in career wins at Virginia with his 91st career victory with a 1-0 decision.
Stephen Doty grinded out a 2-0 win at 184 and Derek Papagianopoulos finished off the Cavaliers' win with a 5-2 victory.
Virginia heads to Ithaca, N.Y., next Sunday (Feb. 17) to compete in the NWCA National Duals.
"We have to make sure we keep a certain standard in the way we're competing, not necessarily worrying about the end result but the way we're competing has to be a certain standard," coach Steve Garland said. "Credit to Old Dominion today, they wrestled us really tough. That said, I don't think our guys wrestled to the standard they should and they know that. So that's the focus right now is we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and make sure each one of us is competing."
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