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Wrestling battles up-and-coming Blue Devils

After thrilling Virginia Duals, Cavaliers return home for opening of conference slate

No. 14 Virginia wrestling will begin conference action against Duke in Charlottesville this Friday. The Cavaliers put their 30-match win streak inside Memorial Gymnasium up against a Blue Devil squad that is considerably better than some of its previous iterations.

Virginia (8-3) is coming off a dramatic two days at the Virginia Duals which included two come-from-behind victories, two matches decided by the last bout and one heart-wrenching loss to No. 6 Virginia Tech in the finals.

Duke (5-3, 1-1 ACC) continues its journey from the basement of the ACC. The Blue Devils placed dead last in the previous four conference championships, and the Cavaliers shut them out 38-0 as recently as two years ago.

Duke has already defeated Northern Iowa and No. 22 NC State this season, but lost a tight match to No. 9 Pittsburgh, which required overtime in the heavyweight bout.

Friday’s contest will be the first of five ACC matches for Virginia, three of which are at home. The Memorial Gymnasium advantage will provide a boost for a team currently dealing with injuries as wrestlers like No. 15 senior Joe Spisak fight to return to the lineup and No. 19 senior Gus Sako struggles to return to his 2013-14 form.

The match begins at 7 p.m.

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