CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -After falling behind early due to a forfeiture right out of the gates, Virginia (4-2) rallied and then used a pair of bonus-point victories to take a 22-18 victory over Central Michigan (0-2) on Friday night.
The Cavaliers got decisions from Brian Courtney (Sayre, Pa.) at 133 pounds, No. 17 Sam Krivus (Greensburg, Pa.) at 141 pounds, Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) at 174 pounds, and No. 11 Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.) at 197 pounds. Seventeenth ranked Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.) and Robby Patrick (Ligonier, Pa.) provided the bonus-point wins, with Coy notching a pin in 1:37 at 165 pounds and Patrick recording a major decision at 174 pounds.
"I want to praise Cam Coy and Will Schany," said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. "They are the reason we won tonight. Cam's pin was huge and the way Schany wrestled is exactly the way we want all of our team to wrestle."
"We got a good win against Central Michigan, a program that's been great for a long time under Tom Borelli who is one of the best coaches in the sport and is an icon. We should have wrestled better, because people say 'a win is a win' but we want to be better than that. Princeton, a team who just knocked off a top 10 team last week, comes in here tomorrow (Saturday) and we will have to be a lot better."
The match opened with Central Michigan taking a 6-0 lead in the overall score as Virginia forfeited at 125 pounds to start the night.
The Cavaliers then pulled even in the match with back-to-back wins from Courtney and Krivus. After a scoreless first period, Courtney pulled away from Brock Bergelin with a 6-2 decision to get Virginia on the scoreboard. Krivus followed that up with a tight 3-2 decision, using an escape with three seconds left on the clock in the third period to notch the win.
Central Michigan moved back in front, recording consecutive decisions at 149 and 157 pounds with a total of three points providing the difference in the two bouts.
Coy again pulled Virginia even in the overall match score with his pin of Bret Fedewa in the first period. The dual score sat at 12-12 following the 165-pound match.
Virginia took its first lead of the night with Patrick's major decision at 174 pounds as the freshman controlled the match early on the way to an 11-3 victory over Collin Lieber. Schany extended the lead with his 12-6 decision over Jordan Atienza, rallying with a flurry of points down the stretch in the second period and throughout the third.
Aiello iced the match at 197 pounds, posting a 9-4 decision over Landon Pelham to put the Cavaliers on top by 10 points with the heavyweights remaining.
Central Michigan cut the final margin of victory to four points as No. 19 Matt Stencel recorded a pin in the final bout of the night.
Virginia will return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Princeton at 4 p.m. at Memorial Gym.
125:Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) by forfeit - CMU 6, UVA 0
133:Brian Courtney (UVA) dec. Brock Bergelin (CMU), 6-2 - CMU 6, UVA 3
141:No. 17 Sam Krivus (UVA) dec. Drew Marten (CMU), 3-2 - UVA 6, CMU 6
149:Dresden Simon (CMU) dec. Michael Murphy (UVA), 5-4 - CMU 9, UVA 6
157:Logan Parks (CMU) dec. Jake Keating (UVA), 8-6 - CMU 12, UVA 6
165:No. 17 Cam Coy (UVA) pinned Bret Fedewa (CMU), 1:37 - UVA 12, CMU 12
174:Robby Patrick (UVA) major dec. Collin Lieber (CMU), 11-3 - UVA 16, CMU 12
184:Will Schany (UVA) dec. Jordan Atienza (CMU), 12-6 - UVA 19, CMU 12
197:No. 11 Jay Aiello (UVA) dec. Landon Pelham (CMU), 9-4 - UVA 22, CMU 12
HWT:No. 19 Matt Stencel (UVA) pinned Quinn Miller (UVA), 2:57 - UVA 22, CMU 18