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Sulzer, Moore earn All-American honors at NCAA Championships

Wrestlers conclude strong season in Des Moines, Iowa

A banner hanging on the wall of Memorial Gymnasium with the names of every Cavalier wrestling All-American proudly overlooks the floor where the team competes. Following their tremendous three-day performance at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, redshirt senior Jedd Moore and redshirt sophomore Nick Sulzer will have their names added to that banner as the 14th and 15th All-Americans in program history.

The path to All-American honors was not an easy one for either wrestler. Sulzer opened Thursday with consecutive overtime wins, defeating Stanford junior Bret Baumbach in the opening match before overcoming No. 9 seeded redshirt junior Josh Veltre of Bloomsburg. Sulzer alternated wins with losses Friday, but a 3-2 victory against Oklahoma redshirt senior Patrick Graham gave Sulzer his All-American title as he took eighth place at 165 pounds.

Moore played the role of spoiler early on Thursday, upsetting No. 5 seed senior James Fleming of Clarion. Moore would then win comfortably in the next match to reach the quarterfinals where he fell to Northern Iowa senior David Bonin. Two seeded opponents separated Moore from All-American glory. Moore proceeded to take down No. 5 seed redshirt senior Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech in sudden death overtime and pin No. 4 seed sophomore James Green of Nebraska. When all was said and done, he finished sixth at 157 pounds.

The outstanding performances of Sulzer and Moore along with deep runs by redshirt senior Matt Snyder and freshman George DiCamillo led Virginia to a 21st place finish, extending its streak of top-30 finishes to four seasons. The Cavaliers’ strong showing in Des Moines ends an exemplary season, one the team will look to build on next winter.


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