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Team finishes strong despite losing three starters

The No. 17 Virginia wrestling team mounted a strong showing against a talent-heavy field at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend, despite sitting three starters. The team finished seventh with 64.5 points, 60 points behind champion Ohio State.

“With three starters out, to finish in the top seven at arguably the toughest tournament in the country, we’re really happy with our performance,” coach Steve Garland said in a release.

Three Virginia wrestlers placed in the top five in their weight classes. Freshman George DiCamillo finished fifth at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Nick Sulzer received third place at 165 pounds, and redshirt senior Jedd Moore was the runner-up at 157 pounds.

Moore upset No. 1-seeded sophomore James Green in the quarterfinals, claiming a 7-6 decision in a hard-fought match. Moore fell 9-7 in the finals to No. 3-seeded junior RJ Pena of Oregon State.

DiCamillo was an unstoppable force the tournament’s first day, recording two pin falls and a decision. Saturday was less kind to DiCamillo. He lost two straight matches before scoring a 59-second fall to salvage fifth place.

Sulzer posted an equally dominant performance Friday, tallying three bonus point wins en route to a semifinal berth. Sulzer lost a 1-0 nail-biter to junior Steven Monk of North Dakota State Saturday but rallied to pick up two wins and capture third place.