The No. 19 Virginia wrestling team placed 11th out of 39 teams in the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas over the weekend. The open featured 11 teams ranked in the top 25, including the Cavaliers (4-2).
The action kicked off Friday, as 10 Virginia wrestlers competed in order to earn a spot in Saturday’s competition.
Senior Zach Nye, ranked No. 8 nationally at 197 pounds, made it to Saturday’s action by earning back-to-back decisions after falling behind in his second match. Senior Patrick Gillen also earned a spot Saturday after recording a technical fall and a decision in the heavyweight consolation bracket. Both Nye and Gillen went on to drop their first matches of the day Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Atkinson, seeded 10th in the 157-pound bracket, fought back after dropping his first contest of the day, and went on to win his next four bouts in order to advance to Saturday’s competition.
Atkinson ultimately finished at fourth place Saturday in the 157-pound weight class. Atkinson fell to junior Dylan Cottrell of West Virginia by a close 5-3 score after picking up three straight victories to reach the third-place bout.
Senior George DiCamillo, ranked No. 9 nationally at 133 pounds, led the Cavaliers in the Friday competition. DiCamillo claimed three straight matches, including a major decision, to coast into Saturday’s competition.
DiCamillo earned a third place finish for Virginia in the 133-pound weight class Saturday. In his first bout of the day, DiCamillo fell in the semifinals to Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett, who went on to win the weight class. The nationally ranked senior then rallied, dominating the next two bouts in order to secure the third place spot.
The Cavaliers return to action New Year’s Day, when they travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee to participate in the Southern Scuffle.