Cavalier Corner

December 2014

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IT STARTS WITH YOU THE PATH TO SUCCESS Academics Preparation Competition Service Graduation Lifelong Success ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ TEAM BONDING There are many different ways for a team to prepare for its upcoming season, and the evidence is scattered across Virginia's historic Grounds. Some ways are obvious — scrimmaging, lifting weights and running — but several programs prepare with unusual challenges or competitions in the pre- season. A few even do so away from campus before the routine of the regular-season practice schedule sets in. One squad that prepares in such a way is the wres- tling team, which travels to Humpback Rocks in the Blue Ridge Mountains (a very tough, one-mile climb) for several conditioning runs before the season begins. The squad makes a couple of runs halfway up, then takes two trips all the way to the top, according to two-time All-American Nick Sulzer. On the final one, the team waits for everyone to finish at the top for a final preseason talk. "It just reveals the long journey and difficult trek that is to come in wrestling," Sulzer said. "It's almost the light at the end of the tunnel, just as the NCAA Tournament in March is at the end of a long, uphill climb. Meta- PREPARATION Mitchell Frank, the 2014 ACC Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year, noted that Virginia's Athletics Academic Affairs Office has helped him stay on track academically and improved his time management skills.

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