Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, January 8

Jan. 8, 2010


No. 18 Virginia Wrestling Splits First Two Matches at Virginia Duals

The No. 18 Virginia wrestling team picked up a dominating win over Michigan and then threw a scare into No. 10 Oklahoma before going down in defeat Friday in the first day of competition at the Virginia Duals, hosted at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.

UVa won seven of the 10 weight classes against Michigan (3-5). Kellon Balum (Sr., Herndon, Pa.) and Danny Gonsor (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) each picked up major decisions. Balum won 13-3 over Michigan's Mark Boyer at 149, while Gonsor notched a 14-4 major decision over Dave Johnson at 157.

Despite the team score, the UVa-OU match was tight for most of the contest. The Sooners won by decision at the first six weight classes, with four of the wins coming by three points or fewer, to grab an 18-0 lead before UVa mounted a comeback. Henrich picked up UVa's first four points with his major decision over James at 174 and Salopek followed with a 3-1 decision against Oklahoma's Erich Schmidtke at 184. Jones then pinned Lapotsky in just 15 seconds to pull UVa within 18-13, but No. 12 Nathan Fernandez ended any thoughts of a UVa upset with an 8-2 decision over UVa's Jack Danilkowicz (R-Jr., Green Oaks, Ill.) in the heavyweight class.

Hokies down Drexel at Virginia Duals

The Virginia Tech wrestling squad staved off elimination at the 30th Annual Virginia Duals with a 24-20 win over Drexel in the consolation bracket Friday afternoon at the Hampton Coliseum.

Jarrod Garnett rebounded from a tough opening-match loss with a 20-2 technical fall of Yiming Law at 125 pounds to make it 5-0. Drexel’s Steve Mytych, ranked 19th in the country, had his way with Erik Spjut as he downed him 6-1 at 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, Chris Diaz shook off a rusty start in his first match of the day to crush Shane Fenningham with a 19-3 technical fall. Brett McCurdy downed Brian Stephens 6-2 at 149 pounds to bring the Dragons back to within four points

Dong picks up huge victory at Virginia Duals

The short-handed Virginia Tech wrestling squad put up a good fight, but a key forfeit and having to wrestle back-ups down the stretch proved to be too much as they fell to 14th-ranked and fourth-seeded Penn State, 26-9, Friday morning in the opening round of the Virginia Duals.

While the Hokies lost the war, they won one huge battle. At 157 pounds, Jesse Dong continued his hot start to the season with an impressive 5-4 win over second-ranked Cyler Sanderson. Dong, a sophomore from Westerville, Ohio, trailed 4-1 after the first period, but rode Sanderson out in the second stanza. Trailing 4-1 in the final period, Dong picked up an escape and then took down Sanderson down and rode him out. With over three minutes of riding time, Dong picked up the 5-4 win to hand Sanderson just his second loss of the season.