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Grapplers look for third straight win

The Cavalier mat men will seek their third straight victory when they travel to College Park, Md. to take on the Terrapins (8-8-1, 2-2 ACC) Sunday. Virginia (11-10, 2-2 ACC) is coming off impressive wins against N.C. State and Duke last weekend. The wins were the squad’s first conference victories this season.

Riding the momentum generated by last weekend’s upsets, the Cavaliers hope to continue their winning ways in their last regular season matchup. The key matchups Sunday will come at the 141- and 197-pound weight classes. Though the Terrapins boast two of the nation’s top-10 ranked grapplers — No. 9 redshirt junior Alex Krom and No. 10 junior Hudson Taylor — the Cavaliers will counter in the respective weight classes with two ranked wrestlers of their own: No. 16 sophomore Nick Nelson and No. 19 redshirt junior Brent Jones. Virginia has relied heavily on its trio of No. 7 sophomore Chris Henrich, senior Rocco Caponi and Jones throughout the year, and the Terps have similarly relied on an impressive lightweight threesome. Junior Brendan Byrne, No. 11 junior Steven Bell and Krom have combined for a 40-7 dual meet record this season.

—compiled by Ben Gomez


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