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​No. 18 Virginia drops tough match against No. 10 Virginia Tech

Cavaliers pick up just two wins in 31-7 defeat

<p>Virginia junior George DiCamillo&nbsp;defeated Hokie junior Dennis Gustafson with a major decision, 14-4. DiCamillo's victory was one of just two all afternoon for the Cavaliers.</p>

Virginia junior George DiCamillo defeated Hokie junior Dennis Gustafson with a major decision, 14-4. DiCamillo's victory was one of just two all afternoon for the Cavaliers.

The No. 18 Virginia wrestling team fell against No. 10 Virginia Tech in its first home ACC dual match of the season, losing by a score of 31-7 Sunday afternoon.

The Hokies (11-2, 2-0 ACC) boast a roster of eight nationally ranked wrestlers who ended up victorious over the Cavaliers (5-4, 0-2 ACC), who only picked up two wins throughout the match.

“Virginia Tech is a great team,” Coach Steve Garland said. “They attacked more than we did, and that’s why the score was what it was.”

The two wrestlers who picked up victories for Virginia have come up big for the team all season. Tenth-ranked senior Zach Nye dominated in his bout, picking up an 8-2 decision over Virginia Tech freshman Dylan Cook in the 197 pound weight class.

Virginia junior George DiCamillo, ranked No. 6 in the 133 pound weight class, defeated Hokie junior Dennis Gustafson with a major decision, 14-4. DiCamillo is accustomed to winning consistently, as he was the ACC champion in his weight class in both 2013 and 2015.

“It’s important for me to just stay the course and believe in the system,” DiCamillo said. “It’s a brutal sport, and with a year and a half left I’m just having fun with it.”

Another notable bout came in the 157 pound weight class, as sophomore Andrew Atkinson lost a close match to No. 4 ranked senior Nick Brascetta. Atkinson fought back to bring the match into overtime after recording a takedown.

“It was one of the most amazing matches of the year, and it was such a heartbreak to see [Atkinson] come out on the short end of the stick with that one,” Garland said. “That’s what we want to build on… we want the rest of our team to see their brothers and feed off of that.”

Virginia saw yet another close match in the heavyweight class, as senior Patrick Gillen fell to No. 3 ranked junior Ty Walz with an 8-6 decision.

Virginia will host two more ACC teams next weekend, as Duke visits Friday, Feb. 5, and No. 14 North Carolina comes to Charlottesville Saturday. This season, the Cavaliers have become accustomed to tough matches.

“It’s been ranked team after ranked team for us,” Garland said. “It’s been an insane schedule.”


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