Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, February 12

Feb. 12, 2010

Hokies take down Blue Devils, 27-20
The 14th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team jumped out to a huge lead and hung on late to beat Duke 27-20 Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, the Hokies snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 15-5 overall, 3-0 in the ACC.

Peter Terrezza of Duke gave the Blue Devils an early 6-0 lead with a pin of back-up Schuyler Swanton at 125 pounds. Brock LiVorio got the Hokies the first of five-straight wins with an 18-6 major decision over Nick Adamo at 133 pounds. Tenth-ranked Chris Diaz was all over Mike Bell at 141 pounds, picking up a 20-4 technical fall late in the second period.

Brian Stephens continued his unbeaten ways in ACC play with a pin of Brent Jorge at the 4:04 mark and then fifth-ranked Jesse Dong pinned Christopher Piccolella just 76 seconds in to extend the lead. Matt Epperly beat Ben Wales 8-2 at 165 pounds to make it 24-6. Duke's Voris Tejada beat John Dickson 14-4 and then Tech's Tommy Spellman, ranked 19th in the country at 184 pounds, beat Diego Becomo 5-2. The two were tied at 2-2 heading to the final stanza, but Spellman got an escape and then a takedown in the waning seconds for the win. 

No. 24 Cavaliers Dominate Duke, 38-3
The No. 24 Virginia wrestling team won the first nine bouts of the evening en route to a 38-3 triumph over Duke Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Cavaliers racked up four straight bonus-point wins to quickly build an insurmountable lead.

Virginia (15-5, 2-1 ACC) picked up its largest margin of victory in an ACC dual since Jan. 21, 1984, when the Cavaliers scored a 44-3 win against Georgia Tech. It is the Wahoos' largest winning margin in a road ACC dual since Jan. 16, 1984, when UVa prevailed 44-0 at Duke. The Blue Devils fell to 2-7 overall and 0-5 in ACC duals.

After Ross Gitomer (R-Sr., Flemington, N.J.) notched a 4-3 decision over Peter Terrezza at 125 pounds, Matt Snyder (R-Fr., Lewistown, Pa.), Derek Valenti (So., Newton, N.J.) and Dave Ebbott (R-So., Blue Bell, Pa.) recorded consecutive pins at 133, 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Snyder needed just 25 seconds to pin Nick Adamo for his sixth fall of the year. Valenti picked up his team-best eighth pin of the season as he improved to 21-6 

No. 9 Maryland Escapes American, 22-17
The ninth-ranked University of Maryland wrestling team received clutch performances from No. 3 Hudson Taylor and Patrick Gilmore in the final two matches to overcome a 17-12 deficit and defeat American 22-17 Friday night at Comcast Pavilion.

Maryland and American each won five matches, but bonus points by No. 14 Josh Asper (six for a pinfall), Taylor (six for a pinfall) and Gilmore (four for a major decision) helped the Terps prevail. Head coach Kerry McCoy came away impressed with the fight of his team in a back-and-forth match that featured six lead changes.

Deemed the "Battle of the Beltway" due to the two schools' proximity to each other, it was evident early on that the match would be a close one. 

Tar Heels Upset No. 21 Edinboro
The North Carolina wrestling team upset No. 21 Edinboro 24-14 Friday night at McComb Fieldhouse in Edinboro, Pa. With the win, the Tar Heels earn their second consecutive dual meet and improve to 5-7-1 and overall. Edinboro, who is pegged 21st by InterMat and 22nd by the NWCA Coaches Poll falls to 8-5 on the season.

The Tar Heel were led by pins by two wrestlers who were national qualifiers a season ago: 141-pounder Mike Rappo and 197-pounder Dennis Drury. Jeremy Shaw, (133), No. 10 Thomas Scotton (157), Kyle Kiss (165) and Ziad Haddad (heavyweight) also earned victories for the Tar Heels.

Edinboro jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead when eighth-ranked 125-pounder Eric Morrill grabbed an 18-4 major decision victory over Carolina's Brian Bokoski. Shaw, however, responded and put the Tar Heels on the scoreboard by defeating Kyle Fluke 9-6. The win was the senior's sixth in dual competition this year, which marks a career high. 

Duke Falls to a Pair of Ranked Opponents
The Duke University wrestling team hosted a pair of ranked conference opponents this evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils turned in valiant efforts in 27-20 loss to No. 14 Virginia Tech and a 38-3 loss to 24th-ranked Virginia.

Seniors Voris Tejada and John Barone and sophomore Peter Terrezza split their matches on the evening, while redshirt senior Konrad Dudziak captured a convincing win in his first match back since early December.

In the opening match against Virginia Tech, Duke (2-7, 0-5) started off strong with a pin from Terrezza at 125 pounds. The native of New Providence, N.J., made quick work of Schuyler Swanton to earn the six points in 2:39. Terrezza got the early takedown in the first period and controlled the rest of the way before getting Swanton on his back for the fall.