Following a two-week break since their last match, the No. 23 Cavaliers look to make a run in this weekend's ACC Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. The ACC's dearth of wrestling programs - only six schools have wrestling teams - will work to Virginia's advantage this weekend, coach Steve Garland said.
[caption id="attachment_33322" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The victory for Maryland marked the team's fourth straight win against the Cavaliers and pushed the Terps to a perfect 4-0 in ACC play this season and 19-4 overall.
The Cavalier matmen square off against Maryland tomorrow during Senior Night in their final match before postseason play. They face a menacing Terrapin squad ranked first in the ACC and led by senior Hudson Taylor, who ranks first in the NCAA with 22 pins on the season, including one during the Terrapins' last match against Hofstra. Maryland (18-4, 3-0 ACC), currently ninth in the nation, is one of the highest ranked opponents that No.
Two weeks after shutting down Princeton 42-0, the No. 24 Cavaliers will travel to North Carolina this weekend for dual ACC matches against Duke and N.C.
The Virginia wrestling team split a pair of matches in New Jersey this weekend, falling to Rutgers 25-12 Friday and crushing Princeton 42-0 Saturday. Against Rutgers, Virginia (14-5) fell behind early, dropping the first two matches to go down 6-0.
Not every varsity sport at Virginia is known for consistently fielding great teams. Though some squads are expected to perform well all the time, others often go overlooked until they have an outstanding season. The Virginia wrestling team has not always been among the best programs in the country, but this season has proved to be a departure from the past.
[caption id="attachment_32535" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The wrestling team played two ACC foes this weekend, topping the Tar Heels and falling to the Hokies.
[caption id="attachment_31825" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Senior Brent Jones was one of eight Cavaliers to claim wins in the squad's opener against Campbell.