CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia wrestling team matched its program record for dual wins in a season with a 38-7 victory at George Mason Thursday evening at RAC Gym in Fairfax, Va. UVa improved to 18-7 with the triumph, matching the 2008 team's win total. Derek Valenti (Jr., Newton, N.J.) and Jack Danilkowicz (R-Sr., Green Oaks, Ill.) each recorded pins for the Cavaliers - UVa picked up bonus points in five of its eight wins. The Cavaliers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead when Matt Snyder (R-So., Lewistown, Pa.) won by forfeit at 125 pounds. UVa gained another six points at 133 pounds when Joe Spisak (Fr., Boiling Springs, Pa.) won when John Delgado forfeited after Spisak took an 11-1 lead.
The Patriots (0-20) got a win at 141 pounds when Denny Herndon picked up a major decision, 15-6, over UVa's Dave Ebbott (Sr., Blue Bell, Pa.).
Valenti put the Cavaliers back on the winning track, pinning Brandon Bucher with four seconds remaining in the 149-pound bout en route to his ninth straight victory. Bucher was an NCAA Championships qualifier at 149 last season. Valenti upped his record to 21-11 this season and recorded his first pin of the year.
The Cavaliers then won by decision at both 157 and 165 pounds. At 157 Shawn Harris (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) scored a 7-2 win over GMU's Jaaziah Bethea before Jedd Moore (R-So., Mount Vernon, Ohio) slipped past Jaaziah Bethea, 5-4, at 165.
At 174 pounds fourth-ranked Chris Henrich (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) easily dispatched of Greg Scott with a 20-5 technical fall. Henrich needed less than two full periods to clinch the tech fall as he won his 15th straight match and improved to 29-1 this season.
Billy Coggins (Fr., Sound Beach, N.Y.) filled in at 184 pounds and dropped a 6-1 decision to Bagna Tovuuja, but Stephen Doty (So., St. Louis, Mo.) followed with a 7-2 win over James Webb at 197 and Danilkowicz finished things with a quick pin of Hunter Manspile in the heavyweight match.
Virginia visits Old Dominion at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. UVa then will have next week off before playing host to the 2011 ACC Wrestling Championship on March 5.
Virginia 38, George Mason 7
125: Matt Snyder (UVa) won by forfeit; UVa 6, GMU 0
133: Joe Spisak (UVa) won be default; UVa 12, GMU 0
141: Denny Herndon (GMU) major dec. Dave Ebbott (UVa), 15-6; UVa 12, GMU 4
149: Derek Valenti (UVa) pinned Brandon Bucher (GMU), 6:56; UVa 18, GMU 4
157: Shawn Harris (UVa) dec. Jaaziah Bethea (GMU), 7-2; UVa 21, GMU 4
165: Jedd Moore (UVa) dec. Aaron Keeton (GMU), 5-4; UVa 24, GMU 4
174: No. 4 Chris Henrich (UVa) tech fall Greg Scott (GMU), 20-5; UVa 29, GMU 4
184: Bagna Tovuujav (GMU) dec. Billy Coggins (UVa) 6-1; UVa 29, GMU 7
197: Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. James Webb (GMU), 7-2; UVa 32, GMU 7
285: Jack Danilkowicz (UVa) pinned Hunter Manspile (GMU), 1:14; UVa 38, GMU 7