UVa Grapplers Grind Out Road Win at ODU

The 12th-ranked Virginia wrestling team captured a 20-12 dual win at Old Dominion Sunday afternoon. Virginia (13-2) won six weight classes, highlighted by a technical fall by second-ranked Nick Sulzer at 165 pounds.

“That’s a really good team we just beat,” Virginia head coach Steve Garalnd said. “I’m proud of our guys, not only for the individual efforts but the overall team effort as well. We know the ODU coaches and their wrestlers well and they have a lot of talented guys up and down their lineup. But we’re really starting to see what kind of team we have, and it’s exciting to see guys like Nick Sulzer go out and get bonus points for the team and others picking up big wins for the team.”

Stephen Doty, Zach Nye, Ethan Hayes, Nick Herrmann and Blaise Butler also won by decision for Virginia, which picked up its sixth straight dual victory.

UVa returns to ACC competition at 7 p.m. Friday when it travels to No. 13 Pittsburgh (9-1) for a key ACC match as the teams tussle for the first time as conference rivals.

No. 12 Virginia 20, Old Dominion 12
165: No. 2/2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) tech fall Dillon Geoghegan (ODU), 18-3; UVa 5-0
174: No. 14/14 Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Billy Curling (ODU), 4-1; UVa 8-0
184: Jack Dechow (ODU) dec. No. 19/17 Jon Fausey (UVa), 3-1; UVa 8-3
197: Zach Nye (UVa) dec. Kevin Beazley (ODU), 3-2; UVa 11-3
285: Ethan Hayes (UVa) dec. Matt Tourdot (ODU), 4-2; UVa 14-3
125: Nick Herrmann (UVa) dec. Brandon Jeske (ODU), 5-2; UVa 17-3
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Joseph Martinez (UVa), 11-6; UVa 17-6
141: No. 4/4 Chris Mecate (ODU) dec. No. 14/16 Joe Spisak (UVa), 3-1; UVa 17-9
149: Lenny Richardson (ODU) dec. Chris Yankowich (UVa), 3-0; UVa 17-12
157: No. 13/12 Blaise Butler (UVa) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU), 5-2; UVa 20-12

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