Cavaliers split regional tournament matches
The No. 11 Cavalier wrestling team split a pair of matches Sunday at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals regional tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. Virginia (16-4) lost its opening match to No. 13 Nebraska 28-8 before defeating Hofstra 21-5.
No. 10 redshirt senior Matt Snyder opened the Nebraska (11-6) match by winning a technical fall against freshman Eric Coufal at 125 pounds. No. 13 133-pound freshman George DiCamillo then won an 8-2 decision to give Virginia an 8-0 lead.
But those would be the Cavaliers’ only points of the contest. The Cornhuskers swept the remaining eight matches, including a forfeit at 157 pounds by redshirt senior Jedd Moore due to illness. Following Moore’s forfeiture, Nebraska All-American sophomore James Green was able to move up a weight class to 165, eventually wrestling and defeating No. 7 redshirt sophomore Nick Sulzer.
Virginia then rallied to easily defeat Hofstra (6-15). Once again, Snyder started the match with a victory, catapulting into sole possession of ninth place in career wins for the Cavaliers with his 94th victory. Virginia’s DiCamillo and redshirt freshman Jimmy Nehls dropped the next two matches, but the Cavaliers then won five of the last seven to secure the win.
Host Cornell eventually won the regional.
Sunday’s performance eliminated the Cavaliers from the national bracket of the NWCA National Duals. Now Virginia will have three full weeks to prepare for the ACC Championships.
—compiled by Matthew Wurzburger