CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Back-to-back bonus point wins from Zack Zavatsky at 184 pounds and Jared Haught at 197 proved to be key in No. 9 Virginia Tech's 22-18 win over Virginia in Charlottesville on Sunday.
With the win, the Hokies (14-2, 4-0 ACC) earned the wrestling point in Commonwealth Clash, presented by Virginia529. Tech now leads the Clash, 5.5-2.
Without two starters out of the lineup due to sickness, the Hokies battled to extend their ACC dual meet win streak to 19.
Tech forfeited the dual's first bout at 141 pounds, putting the Hokies in a 6-0 hole early. 16th-ranked Ryan Blees then trailed Sam Krivus 5-1 at 149 at the end of two periods before rallying back in the third period to tied the score at 6-6, forcing sudden victory overtime. Early in the extra period, Blees stood up with a single leg and secured the takedown. His 8-6 decision got the Hokies on the board.
After the 'Hoos got a win at 157, David McFadden turned in a workmanlike 7-2 decision at 165 with 2:43 of riding time and Hunter Bolen pulled out a 6-5 decision thanks to a third period takedown and riding time at 174.
With the score tied at 9-9 entering 184 pounds, Zavatsky nearly registered a tech fall but was still able to get four team points with a 25-12 major decision. At 197, Haught was able to get Jay Aiello in a cradle on the edge of the mat to secure the fall in 2:12, extending the Hokies' lead to 19-9.
A 4-0 decision from Andrew Dunn at heavyweight was Tech's last win of night as UVA was able to get a fall at 125 and a decision in sudden victory at 133.
Tech's win over the 'Hoos sets the stage for Friday night's dual against sixth-ranked NC State in Raleigh; a match that will decide the ACC Dual Meet Championship.
141: Sam Martino (UVA) over Unknown (For.)
149: #16 Ryan Blees (VT) dec. Sam Krivus (UVA), 8-6 (SV OT)
157: Fred Green (UVA) dec. Solomon Chishko (VT), 6-4
165: #3 David McFadden (VT) dec. Andrew Atkinson (UVA), 7-2
174: #15 Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. Will Schany (UVA), 5-4
184: #8 Zachary Zavatsky (VT) MD Drew Peck (UVA), 25-12
197: #2 Jared Haught (VT) WBF Jay Aiello (UVA), 2:12
285: #18 Andrew Dunn (VT) dec. Tyler Love (UVA), 4-0
125: Louie Hayes (UVA) WBF Ryan More (VT), 3:48
133: Sam Book (UVA) dec. Ryan Haskett (VT), 13-11 (SV OT)