The No. 19 Virginia wrestling team competed in the Virginia Duals Friday and Saturday, claiming second place and reserving a spot in the school’s record book.
In the opening round of the tournament, Bucknell proved no match for Virginia (9-3). The Cavaliers routed the Bison (2-6) 31-6. Redshirt senior Jedd Moore, redshirt junior Jon Fausey and redshirt sophomore Nick Sulzer all recorded bonus points for Virginia.
The Cavaliers then faced Boise State in the quarterfinals later in the day Friday, toppling the Broncos (5-5) 21-13 to reach the semifinals for the first time in 19 appearances at the Virginia Duals.
In their first match Saturday, the Cavaliers continued their winning ways with an upset of No. 9 Central Michigan, the top-seeded team in the tournament. The gritty 20-13 performance marked the first win against a top-10 team in Virginia’s program history.
The finals, however, did not prove to be as successful for the Cavaliers, who fell 21-9 to No. 10 Virginia Tech, Virginia’s second loss in as many meetings this season against its archrival. Freshman George DiCamillo, redshirt freshman Zach Nye and Fausey were the only Cavalier wrestlers to win their matches.
The runner-up result represented a strong bounceback by the Cavaliers following a sixth place performance at the 10-team Southern Scuffle earlier in January. The Cavaliers were able to take solace at the time, however, as all five teams placing ahead of them ranked among the nation’s top eight teams.