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Virginia opens season with strong performance at App State Individual Quad

BOONE, N.C. -- The Virginia wrestling team opened the 2021 season on Saturday (Jan. 2) with 23 wrestlers in competition at the Appalachian State Individual Quad at Varsity Gym in Boone, N.C.

Wrestlers from Virginia and The Citadel joined competitors from host Appalachian State in the round-robin format competition. No champions were crowned for the event. It was the first competition of the season for both the Mountaineers and the Cavaliers, while The Citadel had a pair of dual meets in the fall.

Virginia had 11 wrestlers go undefeated on the day and the Cavaliers combined for 29 bonus-point victories in 70 total matches wrestled.

NOTES FROM THE MAT
• The Cavaliers had 11 wrestlers go undefeated on the afternoon, including 10 wrestlers that went at least 3-0.
• Both No. 14 Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.) and Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) went 4-0 on the day.
• Of the 29 bonus-point wins for UVA: 13 were by fall and nine were by technical fall. Seven were major decisions.
• Four Cavaliers had two pins: Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.), Brian Courtney (Sayre, Pa.), Hayes and Justin McCoy (New Paris, Pa.)
• Hayes turned in bonus-point wins in all four matches, recording two pins, a technical fall and a major decision. One of his victories came against 2020 SoCon Freshman of the Year and preseason All-SoCon selection Sean Carter.
• Aiello, Courtney and McCoy all had two first-period pins as part of the undefeated outings.
• Freshmen Dylan Cedeno (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Hudson Stewart (Goode, Va.) went 3-0 in their UVA debuts. Cedeno had a pin and a major decision, while Stewart added a technical fall.
• Miller's wins included a 4-0 decision over preseason All-SoCon selection Michael McAleavy.
• Keating's victories included a win over 2020 NCAA qualifier Dazjon Casto of The Citadel.
• For the day, 29-of-48 wins by UVA wrestlers were by bonus points.

FROM HEAD COACH STEVE GARLAND
"I am really happy leaving Boone today," said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. "We had a ton of guys wrestling today and got the matches we needed. There is nothing like competition to show you where you are as a team. Our leaders showed up today. Captains Louie Hayes, Brian Courtney and Jay Aiello were dominant all day. Justin McCoy was looking for bonus points all day as well. Quinn Miller and Michael Battista had some quality wins and we had some young guys, like Hudson Stewart and Dylan Cedeno for example, who looked great. The biggest thing is we now have some concrete action items and attack areas we need to work on this week, so we'll get back to work on Monday."

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