CLARION, Pa. -- Six Virginia wrestlers claimed championships on Sunday (Nov. 1) at the Clarion Open hosted by Clarion University, while 13 Cavaliers placed in the event
Nick Herrmann (Amarillo, Texas), George DiCamillo (Highland Heights, Ohio), T.J. Miller (Medford, N.J.), Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.), Fox Baldwin (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Zach Nye (Enoia, Pa.) all claimed championships in their brackets at 125, 133, 149 , 157, 174 and 197, respectively.
"Today was a really good start to the season for us," said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. "We saw a lot of good things today out of our guys. From the first years on up to the grad students, we really saw some good wrestling. As a whole, the team did very well. We also rightly recognize that we have a long way to go and a lot to work on as well. It is back to work Tuesday to get better and to improve our attack areas."
At 125 pounds, Joseph Martinez (Platteville, Colo.) and Jabari Moody (Country Club Hills, Ill.) advanced to the semifinals, with Moody falling to Martinez, who then lost to Herrmann in the finals. Moody wrestled unattached in the event and finished fourth. Martinez finished second after falling to Herrmann in the finals.
At 141 pounds, Emilio Martinez (Platteville, Colo.) advanced to the round of 16 before falling in his weight class. Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) finished second in the weight class after defeating Zach Watson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the semifinals. Watson finished fifth in the weight class.
At 157 pounds, Cam Harrell (Arnold, Md.) advanced to the quarterfinals, falling to Atkinson. Dustin Roemer (Pinehurst, N.C.) advanced to the round of 16, falling to Chas Busz of Cleveland State. Harrell finished in third place.
Garrett Peppelman (Harrisburg, Pa.) advanced to the finals at 165 pounds before falling to Evan Delong of Clarion who was wrestling as an unattached competitor. Zak DePasquale (Fairfax, Va.) advanced to the quarterfinals, falling to Peppelman in the bracket.
Baldwin claimed his weight class at 174 pounds, wrestling as an unattached competitor.
At 184 pounds, Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) advanced to the quarterfinals, falling to Corey Hazel of Lock Haven. Love received a bye in the first round before defeating Tige Woodson of Penn State-Dubois by fall in 48 seconds to advance to the quarterfinals.
Patrick Gillen (Shelton, Conn.) advanced to the semifinals at heavyweight, falling to Riley Shaw of Cleveland State. Gillen finished in third place in the event.
Virginia will return to action next weekend, traveling to face North Dakota State in a dual meet on Friday, Nov. 6, before competing in a quad meet hosted by No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 7. Also competing at the quad meet will be Grand Canyon and South Dakota State.