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2019-20 Early Lineup Look: Virginia

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photo courtesy of Cam Kramer

It sounds like a broken record when doing the previews of the ACC schools, but the conference keeps getting tougher and tougher. Both NC State and Virginia Tech have captured NCAA team trophies within the last five years, North Carolina and Pittsburgh have relatively new coaching staff’s that have pumped new life into their programs, Duke consistently does more with less, and of course, Virginia. The Cavaliers are in their 14th year under head coach Steve Garland and shouldn’t take a backseat to anyone. The 2018-19 campaign saw UVA send five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and produced the program’s second NCAA finalist since Garland himself in 2000. In dual meets, the Cavaliers won 12 matches for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Looking ahead to this season, you can expect even more from Garland’s crew. They return six wrestlers with NCAA experience, along with a pair of excellent freshmen coming off redshirts, and another duo that had promising first-year’s cut short due to injuries. It’s not a stretch to think that the team could match the nine national qualifiers of Garland’s 2013 team or two AA’s in a year which has happened three times in his tenure. Here’s the group that will be battling the rest of the ACC for conference supremacy in the 2019-20 season.

Previous “Early Lineup Looks”

Arizona State

Army West Point

Buffalo

Campbell

Chattanooga

Clarion

Fresno State

Indiana

Iowa State

Lehigh

Lock Haven

Michigan

Missouri

NC State

North Carolina

Northern Colorado

Northwestern

Oklahoma

Old Dominion

Penn

Pittsburgh

Princeton

Rutgers

Stanford

Utah Valley

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

125 - Jack Mueller (Senior; Dallas, Texas)

         Ben Kamali (Redshirt Freshman; Lansing, Michigan)

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