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No. 12 matmen sweep weekend foes

After throttling Duke 30-6, squad survives ODU 20-12

The No. 12 Virginia wrestling team picked up two more wins last weekend. The Cavaliers (13-2, 2-0 ACC) brushed aside Duke 30-6 Friday before outlasting Old Dominion 20-12 in a grueling, hard-fought match.

Virginia won eight of 10 matches against the Blue Devils (3-7, 0-2 ACC) with five resulting in bonus points. Sophomore Nick Herrmann opened the contest with a technical fall at 125 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Joseph Martinez and redshirt junior Joe Spisak then tacked on three points apiece by way of decision. Duke took the next two including an upset win by redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown against redshirt sophomore Blaise Butler. The Cavaliers responded by winning the final five matches, four by major decision.

Sunday’s contest against the Monarchs (3-8, 0-2 MAC) was decidedly more evenly matched — eight of the day’s 10 matches were decided by three or fewer points. Redshirt junior Nick Sulzer continued his role as juggernaut as he steamrolled redshirt sophomore Devin Geoghegan with an 18-3 technical fall. Sulzer, the nation’s second-best 165 pound wrestler, improved his season record to 24-1 with 18 bonus-point wins.

Redshirt senior Stephen Doty, redshirt sophomores Zach Nye and Ethan Hayes and Herrmann all won by decision to compensate for redshirt senior Jon Fausey’s surprising loss at 184 pounds. After Old Dominion claimed three straight matches from the 133-pounds to the 149-pound divisions to pull within five, Butler put his loss to Duke behind him and sealed the victory with a 5-2 decision.

Virginia’s next match will be Friday against a Pittsburgh team fresh off an upset of No. 5 Oklahoma State.

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