This past week the Virginia Tech Hokies wrestling team captured their second consecutive ACC Championship, avenging their 15-19 defeat against NCST last month. This marks the fourth conference championship for the Hokies.
Final Team Scores
1. Virginia Tech Hokies: 81.0
2. N.C. State Wolfpack: 73.0
3. North Carolina Tar Heels: 52.5
4. Duke Blue Devils: 47.5
5. Virginia Cavaliers: 34.0
6. Pittsburgh Panthers: 33.5
In all, seven Hokies made it to their weight class final matches. Dennis Gustafson (133 lbs.), Brent Moore (141 lbs.), David McFadden (165 lbs.), and Jared Haught (197 lbs.) won ACC titles at their respective weight class. Ryan Blees (149 lbs.), Hunter Bolen (174 lbs.), and Zack Zavatsky (184 lbs.) brought home second. All the representatives of VPI were seeded in the top five, four of which were top seeds - McFadden, Bolen, Zavatsky, and Haught. After dropping their last regular season match to N.C. State the Hokies were able to unseat five of the Wolfpack’s scrappers greatlycomplicating any path NCST would have to the conference title.
Virginia Tech automatically qualified eight student athletes for the NCAA Championship, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, starting Thursday, March 15. Representing the Hokies in Ohio will be Gustafson, Moore, Blees, McFadden, Bolen, Zavatsky, Haught, and Dunn (heavyweight). A ninth Hokie, Kyle Norstrem (125 lbs.) will also be participating in nationals. The Hokies have not qualified this many wrestlers since the 2015-2016 NCAA Championship when VT finished a program best fourth overall.
The 2017-2018 ACC Championship is a fantastic achievement by the men of VT and first year coach Tony Robie. Robie was named interim head coach after the departure of Kevin Dresser for Iowa State. During his time at interim HC Robie led the Hokies to a 2016-2017 ACC Championship and a sixth-place finish during the NCAA Championship. Last March, Whit Babcock smartly offered the full-time position to Coach Robie.
Congratulations to all involved in a spectacular year, and best of luck this coming weekend during nationals!
The brackets are out! In the tweet below you can find who the Hokies will be facing!
The NCAA Championship will be streaming on ACC Network Extra.