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Matmen take two of three

The Virginia men's wrestling team began its 2011 ACC season and its defense of the 2010 ACC Championship with a 26-12 victory against N.C. State Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (13-5, 1-0 ACC) started strong thanks to a quick pin by redshirt sophomore Matt Snyder - his fifth on the season - in the 125-pound weight class.

Virginia then kept the momentum going when freshman Joe Spisak widened the Cavaliers' lead to 11-0 with a technical fall at 133 pounds. After three consecutive N.C. State wins by decision shrunk Virginia's overall edge to 11-9, freshman Conner Miller righted the ship with a come-from-behind 3-1 decision in the pivotal 165-pound match.

The Cavaliers immediately returned to action Sunday as they split a pair of home duals, falling short in an 18-15 defeat against No. 21 Pennsylvania before bouncing back to rout Virginia Military Institute, 41-3. Against the Quakers, Virginia failed to erase an early 10-point deficit created by losing close decisions to nationally ranked opponents in each of the first three weight classes and suffering a one-point deduction for a misconduct penalty in the 125-pound match.

Virginia recovered for a 15-12 lead with back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 184 pounds by senior Chris Henrich and redshirt freshman Jon Fausey, respectively, but ultimately lost the match with defeats in the final two weight classes.

In stark contrast, Virginia dismantled VMI as Snyder and Spisak gave Virginia an early 11-0 advantage en route to winning nine of the 10 matches.

-compiled by Ben Baskin


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