The abrupt end to the season couldn’t have come at a worse time for Virginia, as the Cavaliers were picking up quite a bit of momentum.
After facing four of the nation’s top 10 teams in conference dual meets, Virginia came into the ACC Tournament primed and ready to compete.
The Panthers (8-3, 2-1 ACC) came into this meet as a heavy favorite over the Cavaliers (7-5, 0-3 ACC) who have yet to win an ACC dual.
In its conference opener, Virginia traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to play No. 5 NC State. The Cavaliers (7-3, 0-1 ACC) fell 28-9 to the Wolfpack (11-0 1-0 ACC) in a tough loss.
Overall, three Cavalier wrestlers finished the weekend undefeated: No. 9 197 lbs. junior Jay Aiello, No. 18 133 lbs. junior Louie Hayes, and 149 lbs. junior Michael Murphy.
No. 24 Virginia looked dominant this weekend, cruising past Southern Virginia and Maryland in the Cavalier Duals before placing in the Southeast Open.
The 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships was hosted at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh this past weekend, starting Thursday and wrapping up Saturday.
Of the 10 wrestlers Virginia sent to Blacksburg for the ACC Championships, four secured automatic bids to the upcoming NCAA Championships.
While they competed well, the Cavaliers (12-10, 1-4 ACC) couldn't ultimately defeat the Panthers (13-3, 3-2 ACC) who secured their fifth victory in a row.
Fresh off its first ACC victory last week, the No. 22 Virginia wrestling team was unable to notch two wins in a row, losing to No.14 Virginia Tech Saturday at the Moss Arts Center.
The Cavaliers (12-8, 1-2 ACC) won six weight classes against the Blue Devils (2-7, 0-3 ACC) and took the visitors down 26-17.