Virginia won seven weight classes, including six bonus-point victories highlighted by a tech fall from junior Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas) at 125 pounds and a pin by sophomore Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.) at 157 pounds. The Cavaliers got major decisions from sophomore Louie Hayes (Orland Park, Ill.), senior Will Schany (Blair, Neb.) and sophomore Jay Aiello (Chantilly, Va.), along with a win by forfeit for Tyler Love (Clifton, Va.). Sophomore Michael Murphy (Lookout Mountain, Tenn.) provided the seventh win of the day with his hard-fought decision at 149 pounds.
Virginia returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday against No. 16 Arizona State (2-4).
“Our team continues to improve,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “From top to bottom, even in some of the losses, we are competing well. We have been getting better each week and that is such a great feeling as a coach to experience that development. I’m proud of the guys, but we have a lot more work to do.”
Mueller, the fifth-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, again gave Virginia a strong start with his tech fall. It marked the sixth bonus-point victory in as many matches this season for the All-American. Mueller currently has four wins by pinfall, a tech fall and a major decision in his 6-0 start.
Hayes then added to the lead with his major decision at 133 pounds before Lock Haven would get on the board with a win at 141 pounds.
Murphy put points back on the board for Virginia, grinding out his 3-1 decision before Keating pushed the Cavaliers out to a 15-point lead with his dramatic pin at 157 pounds. In a deep hole and on the verge of giving up bonus points himself, Keating avoided a tech fall in the first period with a reversal of Alexander Klucker and then flattened him out for the pinfall to vault Virginia out to an 18-3 lead over the Bald Eagles.
Lock Haven would cut back into the lead as fourth-ranked Chance Marsteller took a 4-3 decision over Virginia’s Cam Coy in extra time, escaping the grip of Coy with seconds remaining in the tiebreak period. It was a tight match filled with drama that went to extra time after an official review erased a called takedown by Coy at the end of regulation that would have given the Cavalier the decision.
A pin at 174 pounds would bring the Bald Eagles within six points before back-to-back major decisions from Schany and Aiello at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, would lock up the dual meet. The Lock Haven forfeit at heavyweight provided the final margin of victory for Virginia.
125: No. 5 Jack Mueller tech fall Luke Werner (LH), 17-1 – UVA 5, LH 0
133: Louie Hayes major dec. Dalton Rohrbaugh (LH), 13-5 – UVA 9, LH 0
141: Kyle Shoop (LH) dec. No. 16 Sam Krivus, 9-4 – UVA 9, LH 3
149: Michael Murphy dec. Collin Glorioso (LH), 3-1 – UVA 12, LH 3
157: Jake Keating pinned Alexander Klucker (LH), 2:15 – UVA 18, LH 3
165: No. 4 Chance Marsteller (LH) dec. Cam Coy, 4-3 (TB-1) – UVA 18, LH 6
174: Jared Siegrist (LH) pinned Robby Patrick, 4:52 – UVA 18, LH 12
184: Will Schany major dec. Austin Bell (LH), 12-2 – UVA 22-12
197: No. 7 Jay Aiello major dec. Blake Reynolds (LH), 11-2 – UVA 26, LH 12
HWT: Tyler Love by forfeit – UVA 32, LH 12