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No. 20 wrestling dominates Duke in home finale

The Cavaliers only dropped one match as they recorded a 42-3 victory

<p>This was the second time this season Virginia won a match by more than 40 points.</p>

This was the second time this season Virginia won a match by more than 40 points.

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The No. 20 Virginia wrestling team capped off its home schedule with a victory over Duke Friday night at Memorial Gymnasium. The Cavaliers (3-2, 2-2 ACC) only lost one match on the night as they followed up their upset victory over Pittsburgh with a dominant performance against the Blue Devils (0-4, 0-4 ACC).

Virginia sophomore Patrick McCormick opened the night with a victory against freshman Logan Agin in the 125-pound division. No. 12 senior Louie Hayes and No. 16 Brian Courtney each recorded pins in their respective matches, providing important bonus points for the Cavaliers. After three matches, Virginia held a commanding 15-0 lead.

Duke won its first match of the night in the 149-pound division, as junior Josh Finesilver defeated sophomore Denton Spencer via decision. However, that would be the Blue Devils’ only win of the night.

No. 13 junior Jake Keating and No. 20 junior Quinn Miller also recorded pins in their matches at 165 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. No. 16 sophomore Justin McCoy, sophomore Victor Marcelli and No. 8 senior Jay Aiello each recorded decision victories. Junior Michael Battista won by forfeit for the Cavaliers in the 184-pound division. After all matches were completed, the final score read 42-3 in favor of Virginia.

“It was a good night,” Coach Steve Garland said. “Guys were looking to score points and going to their best positions and best things right away. The biggest thing was guys looking to score points and we were glad to see that tonight.”

Virginia closes out its regular season with a match against No. 14 North Carolina Feb. 13. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.