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Wrestling falls to Rutgers, sweeps Princeton on road

The Virginia wrestling team split a pair of matches in New Jersey this weekend, falling to Rutgers 25-12 Friday and crushing Princeton 42-0 Saturday.

Against Rutgers, Virginia (14-5) fell behind early, dropping the first two matches to go down 6-0. The Scarlet Knights (15-4-1), aiming for their 11th consecutive win, then stalled, however, as Virginia sophomore Derek Valenti earned his team-high seventh pin of the season to tie the score at 6. The Scarlet Knights' Darryl Cocozzo pinned 14th-ranked Danny Gonsor, and Virginia lost two more bouts to fall behind.

The Cavaliers then notched victories in the 174- and 184-pound classes, with No. 3 junior Chris Henrich and No. 20 freshman Mike Salopek winning their respective matches, but ended up winning only three bouts, the fewest in a dual meet this season.

The highlight of the evening was the clash between No. 19 senior Brent Jones and Rutgers' Lamar Brown that went into four overtime periods. Brown quickly scored in the final frame to notch the upset victory.

The Cavaliers managed to turn things around the next day against Princeton. The squad took control from the start, as Jones, freshman Matt Snyder, and sophomore Dave Ebbott all came away with pins. Jones' pin 52 seconds into the bout brought him his 100th career victory, as well as his 41st career pin.

Virginia also earned points with three major decisions by Gonsor, Henrich and freshman Jack Danilkowicz. Henrich's victory was his 10th consecutive, pushing his record this season to 25-2 and giving him career win 91 - good to tie for eighth place on the all-time win list.

The Cavaliers return to Memorial Gymnasium Saturday to face No. 25 Old Dominion and George Mason.


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