Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, January 22

Jan. 22, 2010

No. 16 Virginia Wrestling Downs North Carolina, 23-12
The Virginia wrestling team, ranked 16th nationally, scored a 23-12 home victory over North Carolina Friday in the Cavaliers' ACC opener at Memorial Gymnasium. UVa's Shawn Harris (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) and Brent Jones (Sr., Burke, Va.) each recorded upset wins to propel the Cavaliers to the win.

Harris earned the big win of the day for Virginia (13-3, 1-0 ACC), pulling a 5-4 upset over sixth-ranked Thomas Scotton at 157 pounds. Harris scored a takedown in the third period to rally from a point down and get the win.

Jones, ranked 20th nationally at 197 pounds, also notched a key win, downing 12th-ranked Dennis Drury, 4-3.

No. 7 Maryland Falls At Navy, 19-14
The seventh-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team fell 19-14 to Navy in front of 2,825 fans at Halsey Field House in Annaplis, Md., on Friday night.

The Terps, ranked seventh in the newly released National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today/Coaches Poll and eighth in Intermat's rankings, were wrestling without several starters and were unable to overcome a gritty performance from the Midshipmen.

Navy won six of 10 matches, including four of five in the lightweight matches, to come up with the upset victory. The Midshipmen improved to 3-1 on the season while the Terps fell to 13-4.