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Wrestling takes three of four matches in busy Midwestern weekend

<p>Sophomore Andrew Atkinson went undefeated in four matches over the weekend, including an upset win against No. 6 Cody Pack of South Dakota State</p>

Sophomore Andrew Atkinson went undefeated in four matches over the weekend, including an upset win against No. 6 Cody Pack of South Dakota State

The Virginia wrestling team made significant efforts this weekend in the Midwest as they traveled to No. 25 North Dakota State for their first dual meet of the season Friday, and then to Minnesota Saturday for a quad meet, where they faced No. 24 Minnesota, South Dakota State and Grand Canyon.

Friday, the Cavaliers (3-1, 0-0 ACC) rallied late in the contest against the Bison (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) picking up wins in the final three bouts after trailing 11-4. Senior Zach Nye was the first Virginia wrestler on the board with a win at 197 pounds, and both juniors George DiCamillo and Zach Watson started the rally for the Cavaliers with wins at 133 pounds and 141 pounds, respectively. Sophomore Andrew Atkinson followed up with a major decision at 157 pounds, and redshirt freshman Garrett Peppelman and freshman Fox Baldwin secured wins on technical falls to capture the victory for Virginia.

Saturday, the Cavaliers defeated South Dakota State and Grand Canyon to go on to a 2-1 victory at the Gopher Dual Tournament. The tournament kicked off against the Jackrabbits (1-2, 0-0 Big 12), in a contest Virginia won 23-9 behind victories from DiCamillo, Watson, Peppleman, Baldwin, Nye, senior Patrick Gillen and Atkinson, who impressively defeated the No. 6-ranked Cody Pack. The Cavaliers went on to defeat the Antelopes (1-3, 0-0 WAC), posting wins in nine out of 10 bouts in the contest.

Virginia’s only loss of the weekend came to the Golden Gophers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) after a close battle. The lead went back and forth several times as Virginia’s DiCamillo, Atkinson and Baldwin remained undefeated on the day. Minnesota went on to claim the last three bouts in the contest to rally for the win.

The now 3-1 Virginia Cavaliers will wrestle on the road again when they travel to No. 8 Ohio State Friday.

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