The No. 13 Virginia wrestling team finished second at the ACC Championships Saturday. The Cavaliers had eight wrestlers advance to the tournament’s championship finals but managed to pick up just one individual title. UVa finished with 90.5 points, five points behind ACC Champion Virginia Tech.
Virginia had nine wrestlers earn automatic qualifying spots to the 2013 NCAA Championships, the most in the program’s history.
“I am so blown away by what we were able to do at this tournament,” said Virginia coach Steve Garland. “The next closest team to us was Maryland with 48 points. We really broke some ground and cleared some barriers today. I’m very proud of our guys. At the same time I have that sting of not closing it out. We had our chances and just could not come up with that one key win. Give credit to Virginia Tech. They did a great job of coming back to win it. I’m disappointed that we didn’t win, but it doesn’t take away from all the good things we did today.”
The Cavaliers’ lone ACC Champion was freshman George DiCamillo at 133 pounds. He is UVa’s first ACC champion in his weight class since Joe Alexander won the 133-pound title in 2002.
UVa’s other finalists were Derek Valenti (149), Jedd Moore (157), Nick Sulzer (165), Jon Fausey (174), Stephen Doty (184) and Mike Salopek (197). They will all join DiCamillo at the NCAAs along with third-place finishers Matt Snyder (125) and Joe Spisak (141).