The No. 12 Virginia wrestling team won nine of 10 weight classes in a dominating 34-3 victory over George Mason Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers finished the season 18-3, with the second-most dual wins in a season in program history.
“I kept telling the guys all week that we need to finish the race and today they finished well,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “I’m really proud of this group. They put together one of the best seasons in the history of the school and they should be proud of that.”
Virginia recorded bonus points in four of its wins. No. 13 Gus Sako picked up a fall at 149 pounds, while second-ranked Nick Sulzer scored a technical fall at 165. Nick Herrmann and 16th-ranked Stephen Doty each notched major decisions at 125 and 174, respectively.
Virginia started fast with Herrmann’s 13-4 major decision over Bill Prochniewski at 125, and a Joseph Martinez 6-4 decision over Vince Rodriguez at 133.
The Cavaliers took the win at 149, where Sako pinned Shohei Takagi in 2:46. Ranked 14th nationally, Blaise Butler earned a 4-2 decision over Greg Flournoy at 157. Sulzer recorded his fifth technical fall of the season with a 20-5 victory over Matt Stull at 165.
Doty followed with a commanding 11-3 win over Zach Martinez at 174 pounds and Jon Fausey, ranked No. 19 nationally by InterMat, returned to the lineup with an 8-3 decision over Robert Hernbury at 184 pounds.
Virginia won the final two matches in close fashion. At 197 pounds, Zach Nye picked up a 4-2 win over Matt Meadows and Ethan Hayes closed the dual with a 3-2 win over Jacob Kettler in the heavyweight bout.
Virginia’s postseason run begins March 8 with the ACC Championships in Blacksburg, Va., followed by the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.
No. 12 Virginia 34, George Mason 3
125: Nick Herrmann (UVa) major dec. Bill Prochniewski (GMU), 13-4; UVa 4-0
133: Joseph Martinez (UVa) dec. Vince Rodriguez (GMU), 6-4; UVa 7-0
141: Sahid Kargbo (GMU) dec. Emilio Martinez (UVa), 9-4; UVa 7-3
149: No. 13/12 Gus Sako (UVa) pinned Shohei Takagi (GMU), 2:46; UVa 13-3
157: No. 14/15 Blaise Butler (UVa) dec. Greg Flournoy (GMU), 4-1; UVa 16-3
165: No. 2/2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) tech fall Matt Stull (GMU), 20-5; UVa 21-3
174: No. 16/10 Stephen Doty (UVa) major dec. Zach Martinez (GMU), 11-3; UVa 25-3
184: No. -/19 Jon Fausey (UVa) dec. Robert Hernbury (GMU), 8-3; UVa 28-3
197: Zach Nye (UVa) dec. Matt Meadows (GMU), 4-2; UVa 31-3
285: Ethan Hayes (UVa) dec. Jacob Kettler (GMU), 3-2; UVa 34-3