The Virginia Tech wrestling team has been on an absolute rampage over the last few weeks. The Hokies posted another undefeated ACC season when they dismantled the Duke Blue Devils, 31-9. Since the new year kicked off the wrestling team has collected several impressive wins. After stumbling against No. 18 Iowa State the then No. 5 Hokies fell to No. 12, but have since been undefeated. On their way to the postseason VPI collected wins against several ranked ACC opponents. They bounced back nicely after the Iowa State loss and defeated No. 15 North Carolina, 27-13. They carried that momentum to No. 18 Virginia and shellacked the Cavaliers, 31-7. The Hokies weren’t finished though, and less than a week after the UVA win they defeated No. 17 Pittsburgh, 28-7. Seven days later the Hokies upset the undefeated No. 3 N.C. State Wolfpack, 19-14. VPI finished the season 13-2. Their only losses coming at the hands of No. 2 Penn State, 15-21, and No. 18 Iowa State, 14-16.
The Hokies have a tremendous amount of talent on the mat, and feature several top ranked collegiate athletes in nearly every weight class. At 125 pounds Virginia Tech junior Joey Dance is ranked third in the nation. At 141 pounds freshmen Solomon Chishko is No. 8. Nick Brascetta, a senior, is ranked fourth at 157. No. 12 David McFadden is a 165 pound freshman, and Zach Epperly is a sophomore that is ranked No. 3 at 174 pounds. Zack Zavatsky clocks in at 184 pounds and is ranked seventh. Jared Haught, at 197 pounds, is ranked No. 7. Last, but certainly not least, Ty Walz is ranked No. 3 in the heavyweight class. Zach Epperly was named the VT Athlete of the week for the first time due to his stellar performance against both N.C. State and Duke.
The No. 5 Hokies will now travel to face the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines in National Duals on Sunday, February 21. After that test Virginia Tech will head Charlottesville and again face ACC foes on March 6 for the ACC Championship. Best of luck in Ann Arbor gentlemen! Go Hokies!