In a fourteen-team field, the top-seeded Cavaliers edged No. 2 seed Edinboro University, 20-19, in the finals.
Virginia won six of the ten individual matches in the finals… but it was a come-from behind victory, as Edinboro held the lead from the second match up the 174-pound bout, when the Cavaliers tied things up. Virginia earned bonus points in two matches, thanks to major decision victories by Nick Sulzer and Jon Fausey at 165 and 184 pounds, respectively.
Edinboro maintained the lead for so long and kept the final team score close by putting bonus points on the board in three of its four wins. David Habat earned a major decision for the Fighting Scots at 149, while 133-pounder A.J. Schopp and heavyweight Ernest James both pinned their finals rivals.
Virginia got to the finals by drawing a bye in the first round, then defeating No. 8 seed University of Tennesse-Chattanooga, 18-13 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Cavaliers downed fifth seed Kent State, 22-12.
Edinboro also drew a first-round bye, then edged No. 7 seed Old Dominion, 17-16 in the quarterfinals before getting a decisive 23-9 win over third-seed Virginia Tech, defending Virginia Duals National Division team titlewinner.
"We took a lot of tough losses over the course of this tournament, but guys kept rebounding and coming back,” said Virginia head coach Steve Garland. “That's the thing you want to see as a coach. It's only January, but this feels good. We're starting to see some special qualities from this group and hopefully that will continue."
Match Results – National Division Finals
- 125: Nick Herrman (UVa) dec. No. 17 Kory Mines (EU), 3-2
- 133: No. 4 A.J. Schopp (EU) pinned Joseph Martinez (UVa), 3:45
- 141: No. 1 Mitchell Port (EU) dec. No. 13 Joe Spisak (UVa), 7-2
- 149: No. 14 David Habat (EU) maj. dec. Chris Yankowich (UVa), 13-4
- 157: No. 13 Blaise Butler (UVa) dec. No. 18 John Greisheimer (EU), 14-8
- 165: No. 3 Nick Sulzer (UVa) maj. dec. Zach Towers (EU), 17-4
- 174: No. 10 Stephen Doty (UVa) dec. Nick Mitchell (EU), 9-3
- 184: Jon Fausey (UVa) maj. dec. Patrick Jennings (EU), 8-0
- 197: Zach Nye (UVa) dec. Vince Pickett (EU), 6-4
- Hwt: No. 17 Ernest James (EU) pinned No. 20 Ethan Hayes (UVa), 3:18
Final Team Standings – National Division
- Virginia Tech
- Kent State
- Arizona State
Want to know more? Check out the complete, final brackets for the 2014 Virginia Duals National Division. And check out Virginia's recap, including Coach Garland's video comments.
And, if you want to know who won the separate American College Division, read College Wrestling Examiner's article.
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