Wrestling ACCtion: Thursday, January 14

Jan. 14, 2010

No. 18 Cavaliers Down Appalachian State, 28-12
The 18th-ranked Virginia wrestling team picked up a 28-12 win at Appalachian State Thursday evening in Boone, N.C. Virginia won seven of the 10 weight classes and pushed its dual record to 11-3 this season.

UVa fell into an early 6-0 hole when ASU's Jacob Earp pinned the Cavaliers' Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.), who was wrestling up a weight class at 133 pounds. Virginia responded with a vengeance, winning the next three matches with all of the bouts resulting in UVa bonus points.

Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) quickly knotted the team score, needing only half the first period to pin ASU's Chris Collura at 141 pounds. Kellon Balum (Sr., Herndon, Pa.) followed with an 11-3 major decision over the Mountaineers' Savva Kostis at 149, and Danny Gonsor (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio), ranked 17th nationally, dominated in a 17-0 technical fall over Travis Puckett. The tech fall pushed the UVa lead to 15-6.