The opening big news for the 2nd Edition is that the regular Hokie Wrestling season has wrapped up. It was a huge wrap with a major ACC Dual meet victory over Pitt.
This gives Virginia Tech Wrestling an undefeated season at 9-0, and undefeated in the ACC at 5-0. The Tech coaching staff and team members have to be commended. There is no social distancing in wrestling or practice. Wrestling is a close contact sport and there is no real limiting of that factor. To complete a winning season under any conditions is a special achievement. To complete an undefeated season under the same limitations is nothing short of amazing. CONGRATULATIONS on the regular season WIN.
Of course Wrestling is one of those Team/Individual Sports so it’s important to note how good the Hokies were, individually, this season as well. Both Mekhi Lewis (165) and Hunter Bolen (185) have finished ranked #1 in their weight classes. Sam Latona (125) and Korbin Myers (133) finished ranked 4th and 5th in their classes, and Bryce Andonian (149) finished #10 in his weight class. That’s flat out fantastic.
The ACC Tournament is scheduled to start the 28th, and the NCAA Tournament is still listed to start March 8. We’ll see how far the Hokies go. This is exciting.
The #15/16 ranked Hokie softball team traveled to Kennesaw, Georgia to take on Kennesaw State in an opening three game weekend series. The Hokies lashed the Owls with complete shutout in the Saturday Double header; 6-0 and 6-0. The Sunday game ended up with another shutout; 4 - 0. A series sweep is an encouraging way to start a season after having a huge chuck of last season cancelled due to the virus related shutdowns.
The cards all look pretty similar. This could be a great season for Hokie Softball.
There is no doubt that Keely Rochard has picked up where she left off last season, with some special emphasis.
.@_keelsss_ this weekend— Virginia Tech Softball (@HokiesSoftball) February 14, 2021
Two starts, two wins, two complete game shutouts
18 strikeouts to just two walks
Five hits allowed in 14 innings pitched
Held opposing batters to a .104 batting average #ThisIsHome | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/jZo8WjJX2e
The staff has added a new coach/analyst and it’s a bit of an interesting surprise. The Hokies have added Jon Tenuta from the Wahoo staff as a defensive analyst. Bryan will have more details about the hire a bit later, today, but this is just a cool hint of family news and Hokies because if the name sounds a bit familiar, Jon Tenuta is Offensive Tackle (probably shifting to Left Tackle to replace Christian Darrisaw) Luke Tenuta’s father. Like we said, keeping things in the family. Welcome to your new home in Blacksburg Coach!
So, there is more new to come. The Podcast is due out in the next day or two. The article for the post will include a schedule grid, and a poll so you are going to have to think about this one, really hard.
Hokie Baseball starts up on the 17th, and hopefully the weather doesn’t do what the virus has done. The reports aren’t looking all that encouraging. Sleet, freezing rain, and snow are predicted for the opening pitch. That’s not baseball weather. It is Blacksburg Winter, though.