Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, November 16

Nov. 17, 2012

No. 17 Virginia Splits with No. 4 Iowa, Cumberland

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 17 Virginia wrestling team went 1-1 Friday in a pair of duals, defeating Cumberland, 38-6, and falling to No. 4 Iowa, 26-12, at Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Virginia won at three weight classes against Iowa, highlighted by a Jon Fausey fall in double overtime at 174 pounds. Derek Valenti and Mike Salopek also won by decision at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively.

Ranked ninth nationally by InterMat, Fausey scored the big win of the day for Virginia with a pin of eighth-ranked Grant Gambrell in the second sudden death period (8:29 into match).

Hokies fall to No. 5 Ohio State, 23-10

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The 12th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad came oh-so-close to knocking off fifth-ranked Ohio State on Friday night inside Cassell Coliseum, but the Buckeyes pulled out a pair of one-point wins in crucial bouts, and won the other close contests, to take down the Hokies 23-10 in front of 1,623 fans.

Jarrod Garnett, Nick Brascetta and Pete Yates all picked up big wins, but it was the pair of one-point wins, along with a technical fall early, that proved to be the difference in a top-15 battle.