The No. 9 Virginia Tech Hokies headed south and invaded Boone, NC to face off against the No. 22 Appalachian State Mountaineers. VT won seven of ten matches, winning with a dominate team score of 23-11. Virginia Tech freshmen, No. 11 Caleb Henson (149 lbs.) continued his dispatching of ranked opponents. His most recent victim was App State’s No. 8 Jonathan Milner. The other top-25 matchup, of the night, was the Hokies’ No. 6 Sam Latona’s (133) defeat of Mountaineers’ No. 24 Sean Carter. Another bright spot of the evening, and perhaps the most heartening, was the return of No. 3 Mekhi Lewis (174) to the mat. Lewis hadn’t appeared in a dual since he defeated Stanford’s No. 25 Tyler Eischens way back on 18 December. Mekhi isn’t the only wrestler returning for the Hokies. No. 5 Bryce Andonian (157) finally made his season debut at the Purple Raider Open held at Mount Union, OH this past Sunday.
Via @DrewBlogz:— OhioMatMedia (@OhioMatMedia) January 15, 2023
Guess who’s back? @AndonianB with the first period tech for @HokiesWrestling pic.twitter.com/yQmYMRNqqH
Hopefully the Hokie faithful will see both Bryce and Mekhi at 100% for the rest of the season, because Appalachian State represents the last of Virginia Tech’s non-conference opponents. The remaining schedule is comprised of ACC squads with the first dual being this Friday, 20 January, at Cassell Coliseum, against Virginia Tech’s biggest wrestling rival, the No. 5 NC State Wolfpack.
...— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) January 17, 2023
, .#Team100 #Hokies #ALLINALLTHETIME pic.twitter.com/yFPxLc9KxY