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virginia wrestling

THE VIRGINIA WRESTLING PROGRAM HAS A HISTORY OF SUCCESS ON AND OFF THE MAT AS PART OF AN OVERALL ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT THAT IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST IN THE NATION.

VIRGINIA WRESTLING AWARDS AND HONORS

VIRGINIA'S ALL-TIME ACCOLADES INCLUDE:

  • 4 NCAA FINALISTS
  • 4 ACC WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR
  • 5 ACC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 22 ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS
  • 92 INDIVIDUAL ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 118 ALL-ACC HONORS
  • 199 NCAA QUALIFIERS

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACADEMICS

Virginia wrestlers succeed academically in addition to achieving success on the mat. Under head coach Steve Garland, its common for wrestlers to earn a masters degree before finishing their athletic career.

UNDER HEAD COACH STEVE GARLAND:

  • 30 MASTERS DEGREES EARNED
  • 31 NWCA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA HONORS
  • 56 ACC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM HONORS

the virginia way

The Virginia wrestling program is built on six pillars of belief and conduct that head coach Steve Garland calls The Virginia Way and that each member of the program aspires to every day.

THE SIX PILLARS OF THE VIRGINIA WAY

  • MIND
  • BODY
  • ACADEMICS
  • RELATIONSHIP
  • SERVANTHOOD
  • COMPETE IN SUCH A WAY

A PREMIER COACHING STAFF

The Virginia coaching staff is comprised of an accomplished group who achieved success on the mat and are now focused on training the next group of elite athletes.

HEAD COACH STEVE GARLAND

  • 2018 U23 WORLD TEAM ASST. COACH
  • 2010 ACC COACH OF THE YEAR
  • 2006 NCWA ASST. COACH OF THE YEAR
  • 2000 NCAA FINALIST
  • 2000 ACC WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
  • 2000 ALL-AMERICA
  • 1997 ACC CHAMPION
  • 3X ACC FINALIST

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH TRAVIS PAULSON

  • 3x ALL-AMERICAN
  • U.S. NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION
  • SENIOR WORLD TEAM MEMBER
  • 4x U.S. NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER
  • ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

ASSISTANT COACH TRENT PAULSON

  • 2007 NCAA CHAMPION
  • 3x ALL-AMERICAN
  • 2x ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
  • 2x BIG 12 CHAMPION
  • 4x U.S. NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER
  • 2009 U.S. OPEN NATIONAL CHAMPION
  • 2012 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPION

THIS IS VIRGINIA ATHLETICS

The Virginia Athletics Department has evolved into one of the most successful in the nation as witnessed by its success on the field in both Atlantic Coast Conference play and NCAA championship competition. Since 2002, UVA has won more ACC team championships – 83 – than any other school in the conference. During their proud athletics history, the Cavaliers have won 35 national championships, including 27 NCAA team titles.

In 2015 and 2019, Virginia won the Capital One Cup as the nation’s top achieving men’s athletics program. The Cavaliers won national titles in men's soccer, men's tennis and baseball in 2015 and took home the championship trophy in basketball and men's lacrosse in 2019.

Numerous Virginia student-athletes have achieved greatness in professional sports, Olympic venues & on national teams in addition to being recognized for the scholastic achievements.

“College athletics is a challenging enterprise. The way that Virginia wants to do it is the way that I am built to do it, and we'll continue to focus on academic achievement. We'll do it with integrity. We'll give maximum effort, and we're going to come together as a team, not just within our different sports teams, but within the athletic department and within the Charlottesville community.

"To prospective students and prospective student-athletes in every sport, throughout the commonwealth of Virginia and across the country, if you are looking for a place to make big dreams a reality, if you are looking for a place to achieve goals that seem unimaginable, if you are looking for a place to defy the odds, I've found that place. Come join us at UVA, Go Hoos. ”

- UVA Athletics Director Carla Williams

strength & conditioning

The dedicated strength and conditioning and performance staffs at UVA maximize fitness and assist student-athletes to properly train, fuel and recover in preparation for competition. Each team has a dedicated coach to help utilize the most appropriate training methods each individual student-athlete based on his or her needs, end goals and baseline readiness. It is a holistic, athlete-centered process that focuses on the development and enhancement of physical qualities that underpin the general and specific needs of each athlete for his or her sport.

McCue Center strength-training facilities.

The University of Virginia

The University of Virginia provides a college experience unlike any other.

As one of the finest academic institutions in the world, UVA's purpose goes beyond education. We create the next generation of leaders. We usher in the breakthroughs of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to be a force for good in the world. Our graduates take these values with them and go on to achieve historic success. With a tenacious spirit, a life-long commitment to integrity, and an endless drive, we pursue a greater tomorrow.

  • #1 Best Educational Experience, Darden School of Business - 2018 The Economist
  • #2 Best-Value Public University, 2020 U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Hospital in Virginia, 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report

THIS IS CHARLOTTESVILLE

Located in the foothills of Virginia‘s Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is home to more than 43,475 residents with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. Charlottesville is a small, thriving city, 120 miles from Washington, D.C.

The downtown area is an 18-block, brick-paved pedestrian mall with more than 30 outdoor cafes and restaurants, numerous modern theaters as well as several music venues. From April through October, Charlottesville celebrates Fridays After Five downtown, with free live music at its amphitheater, the Charlottesville Pavilion. Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena hosts a number of attractions including concerts, family shows and community events. Performers like the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Charlottesville‘s own Dave Matthews Band have all been a part of the town’s music scene.

For years, Charlottesville has been chosen as one of the best places to live in the United States. It has been named: Best college town in the country by Traveler‘s Today; best town for food lovers by Wine Magazine; the country's favorite mountain town by Travel & Leisure; and most recently, the ‘Happiest City’ in America by US National Bureau of Economic Research.