The Virginia Wrestling team had a successful road trip this weekend, as the team moved picked up wins a pair of wins, with successes coming Friday against Gardner-Webb and Sunday against No. 24 Chattanooga.
The Cavaliers (4-2) opened the weekend against a scrappy Gardner-Webb team in a match where bonus points proved to be the difference, as Virginia emerged victorious 22-18. The Cavaliers built an early lead, but the Bulldogs came surging back to pull the match within three points with two matches remaining.
Sophomore Chance McClure came through with a clutch decision to clinch the dual match for the Cavaliers. With the match closely contested, bonus points won by freshman Jack Mueller, McClure, junior Andrew Atkinson and senior George DiCamillo proved to be the difference in a huge win for the Cavaliers.
After the win, the Cavaliers had no time to celebrate because they had to immediately shift their focus to the match against Chattanooga.
Virginia kept up the momentum and put in perhaps its best performance of the season against Chattanooga with a 34-11 win against a ranked opponent.
Virginia’s dominance was evident from the outset. The Cavaliers won bonus points from five of the first six matches with three pins and two tech falls to lock up the victory with four matches remaining.
Mueller and DiCamillo have been especially strong performers for the Cavaliers all season, with undefeated records of 10-0 and 7-0, respectively.
The team has dramatically improved from the beginning of the season, and will now move on to a period of deserved rest.
Virginia’s next match is Wednesday, Dec. 21 against George Mason in the Rumble on the River hosted at the St. Christopher’s School in Richmond.