The No. 17 Virginia wrestling team fell to No. 4 Iowa Friday for its first loss of the season, splitting matches at the UTC Duals in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Virginia (6-1) opened competition by besting Cumberland (0-2) 38-6. Four Cavaliers, including No. 10 redshirt senior Derek Valenti, scored pin falls against the Bulldogs. At 133 pounds, true freshman George DiCamillo won by decision in his duals debut for Virginia.
The Cavaliers fought hard against the Hawkeyes (2-0) but dropped 26-12. Virginia topped Iowa in three matches capped by redshirt junior Jon Fausey’s pin in double overtime in the 174-pound weight class. Valenti and fellow redshirt senior Mike Salopek both won by decision.
Virginia closes out November with a road match against ACC rival No. 12 Virginia Tech Nov. 25, which will mark the beginning of conference competition for the Cavaliers.