The Hoos are looking to improve after a difficult season last year. The team will look much different with a massive turnover from graduation. The extra year of eligibility for much of their starting lineup last year allowed the Cavaliers to redshirt their entire highly-ranked recruiting Class of 2022. We will see those redshirts step in to start at many of the weights this season, and personally, I think they are going to make a lot of noise this year. Due to some changes late in the scheduling process, the Hoos will have a lighter dual schedule this year. They will get solid competition at the Midlands and the Virginia Duals before opening conference duals. I think they are under the radar right now with such a young lineup, but there is a lot of talent and a lot of motivation coming out of that room, and I expect to see a scrappy UVA squad every time they hit the mat.
Justin McCoy will be back for his final year of eligibility and is looking to build on his ACC championship run last season. He has been a consistent leader on and off the mat for the Hoos and will play a crucial role as a veteran on a very young team. McCoy is a three-time ACC finalist and was able to break through last season to win his first title. He is also a four-time NCAA qualifier, making the bloodround in 2022 and falling in the round of 16 last year. There will be a big change for Juddy this season though, as he moves up to 174 for his final run.
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