Nov. 17, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. ? Virginia 197-pound senior Brent Jones, who scored a key major decision in one of the Cavaliers? three dual victories in Sunday?s ACC Challenge, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Jones swept his three matches at 197 pounds at the Challenge, which was hosted by North Carolina. He now has 85 victories in his career as he moved into an 11th-place tie with Derek Capanna (1985, 1987-89) on the all-time UVa wins ledger. Jones led the now-19th ranked Cavaliers as they defeated Bucknell 20-13, Gardner-Webb 50-0 and 16th-ranked American 20-19.

Jones also added to his school pins record, recording his 36th career fall against Gardner-Webb's Travis Porter. In his final match of the day, Jones recorded a key major decision against American?s Kenneth Clessas. The bonus point from that match was crucial as UVa won by a point against American ? the Cavaliers? first-ever win over a ranked team. Jones also scored a 9-7 decision vs. Bucknell?s Joe McMullan, helping Virginia to the team win in that match.

ACC teams return to action Friday night with a pair of non-conference matches, as 10th-ranked Maryland visits Cornell and NC State is home against Utah Valley State.

The NC State Open is set for Saturday, where ACC member Duke will also be among the teams competing. Maryland will remain in Ithaca, N.Y., for the Body Bar Invitational, while some Terrapin wrestlers will compete in the East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Open. Tournament wrestling is also on the docket for Virginia Tech, which will compete in the Navy Classic.

Duke will take part in Sunday?s Keystone Classic at Philadelphia.