Wrestling: Cavaliers host Pitt in ACC opener

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The Virginia wrestling team jumps into conference action when the Cavaliers host Pittsburgh in a 7 p.m. dual at Mem Gym on Friday. Admission to all home Virginia wrestling duals at Mem Gym is free to the public.


Friday night’s dual will be available for stream on ACCNX which is available through the ESPN app and at ESPN.com to customers who have the ACC Network as part of their television package. Fans can also get updates by following the program’s official Twitter account (@UVAWrestling).


  • Virginia enters ACC competition with a 6-2 dual record after going 3-1 last weekend at the Virginia Duals.
  • Michael Battista (197) was named ACC Co-Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday after going 4-0 at the Virginia Duals with wins over No. 11 Jaxon Smith of Maryland and No. 29 Jake Koser of Navy.
  • The Hoos now have seven wrestlers in the individual rankings with Garrett Grice (No. 33 – 133), Brian Courtney (No. 29 – 141) and Battista (No. 24 – 197) all entering the InterMat rankings this week.
  • It’s only the second dual at home for the Hoos this season and first since a matchup against No. 15 Northwestern at Mem Gym on November 20.

125: Patrick McCormick
133: Marlon Yarbrough OR Keyveon Roller
141: No. 29 Brian Courtney OR Dylan Cedeno
149: No. 30 Jarod Verkleeren
157: No. 33 Jake Keating OR Denton Spencer
165: No. 15 Justin McCoy
174: Vic Marcelli OR Justin Phillips
184: No. 20 Neil Antrassian
197: No. 24 Michael Battista
HWT: Ethan Weatherspoon OR Colden Dorfman

125: Colton Camacho
133: No. 7 Micky Phillippi
141: No. 3 Cole Matthews
149: Tyler Badgett
157: Dazjon Casto
165: No. 31 Holden Heller
174: Luca Augustine
184: No. 17 Reece Heller
197: No. 2 Nino Bonaccorsi
HWT: No. 5 Dayton Pitzer OR Jake Slinger


  • Pitt (6-2, 0-0 ACC) leads the all-time series between the two teams 8-2 with both UVA wins coming in Charlottesville.
  • UVA (6-2, 0-0) won the last home meeting 17-16 with a pair of major decisions being the difference in that 2021 result.
  • Both Virginia wins in the series have come by an identical 17-16 score at Mem Gym (20
  • The Panthers won last year’s meeting 25-10, pulling away late after the dual was tied through six weights classes.

Virginia will continue competition in the ACC on the road next weekend when the Cavaliers travel to face North Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 27).