After sending five wrestlers to the NCAA wrestling tournament, only junior George DiCamillo, who fought his way to the round of 12 for the second consecutive year in the 133 pound weight class, remained for Virginia. However, DiCamillo’s run came to an end Friday as he dropped a close 8-6 decision to Utah Valley senior Jade Rauser.
Sixth-seeded DiCamillo beat his first round competitor with a decision of 8-4 before facing ACC challenger sophomore Dom Forys of Pittsburgh and handing the No. 11 seed a 4-3 decision to move onto the quarterfinals.
DiCamillo faced third-seeded Illinois junior Zane Richards in the quarterfinal round, and dropped his first match of the tournament by a major decision, 12-4. DiCamillo made it to the consolation round, where he was ultimately defeated by Rauser to end his tournament run.
DiCamillo has been a key wrestler for the Cavaliers throughout the season, finishing the season with 29 wins. With a year of competition left, the junior is nearing the top 15 in career wins for Virginia with 90 in his career.
Fourteenth-seeded senior Zach Nye ended his final NCAA run after an impressive season in the 197 pound weight class. Nye started off with a 6-3 decision over Eastern Michigan’s Anthony Abro before dropping his first match to No. 3 seeded Minnesota junior Brett Pfarr. Nye fought back in the consolation round by defeating Cornell senior Owen Scott by a solid 8-2 decision. The senior’s run was ended in the next round of consolations when he was defeated by No. 6 seeded Virginia Tech sophomore Jared Haught of Virginia Tech by a close 2-1 decision.
Overall, the Cavaliers placed 48th in the tournament with 3.5 points.