No. 24 Virginia (10-5, 2-2 ACC) had quite a weekend down in North Carolina, defeating No. 25 North Carolina (6-6, 1-3 ACC) Saturday and Duke (4-7, 0-3 ACC) Sunday.
Against the Tar Heels, bonus points proved to be critical as the Cavaliers came away with a victory by a score of 22-15.
Starting on the heavier side of the lineup, Virginia initially struggled, and after five matches the Cavaliers trailed 12-3. But when the weight classes flipped to 125 pounds, Virginia started going to work with its top wrestlers coming up huge for the Cavaliers.
No. 8 ranked freshman Jack Mueller started off the second half with a momentum-changing win at 125 pounds.
Senior George DiCamillo also picked up a huge win by pinning North Carolina senior Joey Ward, a wrestler ranked No. 5 in the nation at 141 pounds.
The rest of the Cavaliers took care of business and — thanks to bonus points — escaped with a huge victory in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Virginia carried its momentum to Durham, N.C., as the team defeated Duke 23-14 Sunday.
This match was similar in many ways to the North Carolina match, with the Cavaliers relying on bonus points and picking up the majority of their wins in the second half of the match.
Graduate student Ray Bethea picked up a huge, tone-setting win early for Virginia when he pinned his opponent to give the Cavaliers a 6-0 opening lead.
The rest of the team followed suit and performed well, with freshman Sam Krivus and senior George DiCamillo picking up major decisions.
After picking up two ACC wins on the road, the Cavaliers are set to return to action this Sunday, finishing up their ACC schedule with a home dual meet against Pittsburgh for Senior Day.