The No. 14 Virginia wrestling team opened their season Saturday with a trio of dual wins in a quad meet at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers beat Anderson, winning 46-3, Gardner-Webb by a final of 43-0, and then topped West Virginia 41-6.
“I’m really pleased with how our guys wrestled today,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “They were amazing. We only lost one match all day, outside of the injury default. Our kids put on an amazing display and made a great statement. If you watched our team today, I don’t think you want to wrestle us. They showed what the Virginia wrestling style is – we get on top of you and then dominate. I’m really proud of them for that.”
At 174 pounds, senior Stephen Doty picked up three wins, including two pins, to highlight the day for the Cavaliers. Junior Gus Sako recorded falls in both of his two matches in his first bouts since redshirting the 2012-13 season.
Virginia won nine of 10 bouts against both Anderson and West Virginia. The Cavaliers swept all 10 matches against Gardner-Webb while racking up bonus points in six. UVa racked up five falls against Anderson and picked up three more against Gardner-Webb and WVU.
UVa heads to Salem, Va., next Sunday for the Hokie Duals, where the Cavaliers will face VMI, No. 20 Wisconsin and Kent State.