BOONE, N.C. - Looking to get back on the winning track, Appalachian State University wrestling closes out the 2012-13 season with three straight road trips, beginning Saturday, Feb. 9 at No. 11 Virginia. Action from Memorial Gymnasium is set for 1 p.m.
BOSTON REACHES 50
Stuck on 49 wins since his victory on Jan. 15 against Campbell, senior Brett Boston earned his 50th career victory in his final bout at Varsity Gymnasium by way of fall over Chattanooga's Marvin Lopez in just 46 seconds. With the win, Boston claimed his first pin of the season and first win in a dual against UTC for his career.
Boston, the team's active wins leader, is 7-11 on the season and posts a 3-2 mark in Southern Conference bouts.
THE APPALACHIAN LINEUP
Appalachian (6-5, 3-2 SoCon) is projected to send out the same lineup it sported in the bout with Chattanooga. Redshirt sophomore Dominic Parisi (125), who was 21-6 and 7-0 in duals after the meeting with Northern Illinois on Jan. 6, is 1-3 in his last four bouts.
Redshirt freshman Zack Strickland (165) dropped his first match in a dual on Sunday to Chattanooga's Josh Condon in a rematch from the Southern Scuffle. Strickland has only dropped back-to-back duals twice this season, posting a 20-10 record for the year.
Also dropping his first conference bout of the season was redshirt freshman Colin Hedash (174), who fell in his second-straight bout to UTC's Sean Mappes. For the year, Hedash is 15-9 and 8-3 in duals.
The only other Mountaineer to earn a victory against the Mocs was sophomore Jake Johnson (184), who came away with a 7-6 decision in the second tiebreaker period. For Johnson, it was his 10th win of his career as he holds a 3-1 mark in conference bouts for the season.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
On pace for one of the best records in program history, No. 11 Virginia enters Saturday with a 13-3 overall record and a 4-1 mark in ACC play. The Cavaliers are a perfect 5-0 at Memorial Gymnasium this year, with key home victories over Ohio, Chattanooga and NC State. Currently, UVa carries a four-dual winning streak, outscoring opponents, 115-35.
The Cavaliers currently have seven ranked wrestlers in their projected lineup, highlighted by No. 7 Nick Sulzer at 165 pounds. The redshirt sophomore is 21-6 on the season and boasts a 48-15 record in just two seasons in Charlottesville. Sulzer met Strickland at the Southern Scuffle with the Cavalier coming away with a narrow 6-5 decision.
No. 20 Derek Valenti, who is projected to start 149 pounds, will seek his 90th career victory on Saturday. For the season, Valenti is 13-6 overall.
For the third straight season, Appalachian and Virginia will meet, as the Apps went 0-2 in a home-and-home series over the last two years. Last season, the Mountaineers gave all they had against the No. 20 ranked team in the country, but eventually fell 29-12.
All-time, App State is 2-7 against the Cavaliers with its last win coming during the 1988-89 season. Since the win, Virginia has taken six straight to control the all-time series.
THE LAST MEETING
No. 20 Virginia
(9-1) 29, Appalachian State (11-4) 12
Feb. 11, 2012 | Boone, N.C. | Varsity Gymnasium
141: No. 7 Nick Nelson (UVa) dec. (ASU), 3-0 (UVa, 0-3)
149: Gus Sako (UVa) maj. dec. (ASU), 15-5 (UVa, 0-7)
157: Jedd Moore (UVa) tech. fall (ASU), 19-4 (7:00) (UVa, 0-12)
165: No. 15 (ASU) dec. No. 16 Nick Sulzer (UVa), 4-0 (UVa, 3-12)
174: Vinny Waldhauser (UVa) pinned Jesse Johnson (ASU), 4:05 (UVa, 3-18)
184: No. 12 (ASU) dec. Nick Kidd (UVa), 8-3 (UVa, 6-18)
197: Ryan Malo (UVa) maj. dec. Paul Weiss (ASU), 10-2 (UVa, 6-22)
285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVa) dec. Joe Cummings (ASU), 5-2 (UVa, 6-25)
125: (ASU) won by forfeit (UVa, 12-25)
133: Joe Martinez (UVa) maj. dec. (ASU), 16-6 (UVa, 12-29)