No. 25 Virginia (8-4, 01 ACC) opened up ACC play with a battle of heavyweights as they took on their in-state rival, No. 6 Virginia Tech (13-1, 3-0 ACC), in yet another installment of the Commonwealth Clash.
In a match that went back and forth between the two nationally ranked squads early on, the Hokies seized control late and emerged with a 29-14 victory over the Cavaliers.
Virginia actually held a narrow 14-11 lead with four weight classes to go, but Virginia Tech and its nationally ranked group of heavyweights were the difference. In the final four weight classes, the Hokies boast wrestlers ranked No. 2, No. 4, No. 3 and No. 3, which proved to be the difference as they each picked up bonus points to push the home team to victory.
Nine of the 10 weight classes were decided by bonus points, with the Cavaliers picking up key victories from senior George DiCamillo, freshman Sam Krivus and senior Ray Bethea.
Head coach Steve Garland should be satisfied with Virginia’s fight this match, as they offered quite a test to the Hokies, who many deem to be a national title contender.
Looking forward, the Cavaliers need to prepare for their match next week at home against ACC contender North Carolina State, which will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday.