CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 11th-ranked Virginia wrestling team won seven of 10 weight classes in a 24-9 triumph at North Carolina Friday evening at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cavaliers (10-3, 1-1 ACC) earned bonus points from No. 16 Jedd Moore (R-Sr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) at 157 pounds and Zach Nye (R-Fr., Enola, Pa.) at 197 in claiming the win over UNC (4-3, 0-1).
Virginia's remaining wins came from No. 13 George DiCamillo (Fr., Highland Heights, Ohio) at 133, No. 20 Derek Valenti (R-Sr., Newton, N.J.) at 149, No. 7 Nick Sulzer (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) at 165, Stephen Doty (R-Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) at 184 and Derek Papagianopoulos (R-So., Burlington, Mass.) at heavyweight.
UVa fell behind early after the 125-pound class when 13th-ranked Nathan Kraisser scored an 8-5 win over No. 7 Matt Snyder (R-Sr., Lewistown, Pa.). Snyder went down 5-0 quickly in the first period and never recovered. After giving up a takedown and three back points in the first minute, Snyder reversed Kraisser with 55 seconds remaining and maintained control the rest of the period. After riding Kraisser for the entire second period, Snyder was in on a shot early in third, but Kraisser scored off of it to push the lead to 7-2. Snyder later reversed him and built his riding time back over a minute but could not get anything more going offensively.
DiCamillo scored a commanding 9-3 win over 18th-ranked Joey Ward at 133. He was taken down by Ward in the first 30 seconds, but escaped soon after and took down Ward before riding out the period. DiCamillo escaped quickly in the second and then took Kraisser down near the edge of the mat to push his lead to 6-2. He added a takedown and the riding time point in the third period for a 9-3 win.
Seventh-ranked Evan Henderson of UNC dominated at 141 in a 6-1 win over UVa's Jimmy Nehls (R-Fr., Downers Grove, Ill.) After Nehls shot in early in the first, Henderson was able to scramble and turn it into a takedown of his own. Nehls quickly escaped and was in on another shot but not quite gain the necessary control. Henderson broke loose and later took Nehls down again for a 4-1 edge after one.
At 149 pounds, Valenti picked up a 6-2 decision over Nick Heilmann. After a scoreless opening stanza, Valenti rode Heilmann for the entire second period and then escaped 15 seconds into the third. He went in a high crotch to take down Heilmann midway through the third. After allowing Heilmann to escape, Valenti took Heilmann down off his own shot and then added the riding time point for the 6-2 victory.
Moore dominated at 157 in a 15-3 major decision over Jake Crawford. Moore took a 6-2 lead to the third with a trio of takedowns, then gained a bonus point for UVa by wearing Crawford down in the third, highlighted by a takedown and two back points as he stretched his lead for the major.
Sulzer held on for a 5-3 win over John Staudenmayer at 165. After Staudenmayer got in on a leg, Sulzer was able to fend him off and then score a takedown of his own. He built his riding time to 31 seconds before Staudenmayer escaped. Sulzer shot in again near the edge of the mat for a takedown and then rode Staudenmayer for the rest of the period. Both wrestlers scored escape points in the second and third, and Staudenmayer added a point late in the third when Sulzer was issued his second straight stall warning.
The 174-pound bout was a wild one, with UNC's Tanner Eitel rallying for a 12-10 decision over No. 14 Jon Fausey (R-Jr., Dalmatia, Pa.). Fausey held a 5-1 lead and was in control heading to the third, but after escaping quickly, Eitel took Fausey down, with Fausey promptly escaping. Eitel then took Fausey down with an arm bar, put him on his back and nearly pinned him before settling for three back points and a 9-6 lead. Fausey was able to reverse him to cut the UNC lead to 9-8, but Eitel escaped and then added a pair of points with a takedown off a wild scramble. With the riding time point already clinched in his favor, Fausey escaped but could not score the tying takedown in the waning seconds.
Doty earned a 9-4 victory over Alex Utley at 184. Doty shot in for a takedown with just over a minute left in the first period, then rode Utley for the remainder of the period. Utley rolled out to escape to start the second period, and Doty took Utley down again with 53 seconds remaining. With control of the wrists near the edge of the mat, Doty dragged Utley back in before taking control for the takedown. He gave up an escape, then again took him down again following a restart.
Wrestling up a weight class, Nye controlled throughout in a 15-0 technical fall over Frank Abbondanza at 197, needing just two periods to finish off the win. Nye dominated from the top in both periods. After taking Abbondanza down early in the first, he racked up five back points in both the first and second periods.
In his first match in over a month, Papagianopoulos led from start to finish in a 5-2 win over Cody Klempay in the heavyweight bout. Papagianopoulos pounced quickly with a takedown in the first minute, with Klempay escaping 15 seconds later. Klempay escaped promptly to begin the second period, and Papagianopoulos scored a point off an escape to begin the third. Papagianopoulos then scored off a Klempay shot with 20 seconds left to seal the win.
Virginia returns home Sunday to take on Duke in a noon dual. Admission is free for Virginia home wrestling matches at Memorial Gymnasium. Free parking is available in the Culbreth Road Garage.
A Cavalier Team Shop table will be selling Virginia apparel throughout the match Sunday. Free wristbands will be given away, and a face painter will be on hand from noon-2 p.m.
125: No. 13 Nathan Kraisser (UNC) dec. No. 7 Matt Snyder (UVa), 8-5; UNC 3-0
133: No. 13 George DiCamillo (UVa) dec. No. 18 Joey Ward (UNC), 9-3; tied 3-3
141: No. 7 Evan Henderson (UNC) dec. Jimmy Nehls (UVa), 6-1; UNC 6-3
149: No. 20 Derek Valenti (UVa) dec. Nick Heilmann (UNC), 6-2; tied 6-6
157: No. 16 Jedd Moore (UVa) major dec. Jake Crawford (UNC), 15-3; UVa 10-6
165: No. 7 Nick Sulzer (UVa) dec. John Staudenmayer (UNC), 5-3; UVa 13-6
174: Tanner Eitel (UNC) dec. No. 14 Jon Fausey (UVa), 12-10; UVa 13-9
184: Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Alex Utley (UNC), 9-4; UVa 16-9
197: Zach Nye (UVa) tech fall Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 15-0 (4:59); UVa 21-9
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) dec. Cody Klempay (UNC), 5-2; UVa 24-9