The No. 10 (NWCA Coaches Poll) Virginia Tech Hokies extended their winning streak over the Virginia Cavaliers after crushing the Hoos, 33-3, in front of a raucous Cassell Coliseum crowd. With their 11th win, in a row, over UVA the Hokies have also earned a share of the regular season conference championship. The No. 3 NC State Wolfpack, No. 15 Pittsburgh Panthers, and VT all finished with a conference record of 4-1. The Hokies defeated NCST, but they fell to Pitt, while the Panthers lost to NCST. As a result, there is quite the convoluted regular season ACC co-champions situation.
The Hokie faithful bid farewell to one of VT’s all-time great wrestlers, No. 3 (174 lbs.) Mekhi Lewis. During his last bout, in front of a Blacksburg crowd, Lewis did not disappoint, pinning UVA’s Marcelli.
KING. OF. THE. CASSELL.#Team100 #Hokies pic.twitter.com/djjzfY7pc5— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) February 18, 2023
Also bidding farewell to Virginia Tech was No. 7 (184 lbs.) Hunter Bolen who took down No. 16 Neil Antrassian. Collin Gerardi (141 lbs.), the last senior to start the night, dispatched his foe, Dylan Cedeno. All-in-all Virginia Tech won all but a single matchup. The Hokies featured nine ranked grapplers, four of whom are in the top-ten, and only No. 27 (165 lbs.) Connor Brady lost to the Hoos’ No. 17 Justin McCoy. I would be remiss if I did not mention No. 5 (157 lbs.) Bryce Andonian pinning UVA’s Keating in only 1:32.
MY GOODNESS. HUMAN. HIGHLIGHT. REEL.#Team100 #Hokies pic.twitter.com/sgCrjpJASW— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) February 18, 2023
The Virginia Tech Hokies finish the regular season with an overall record of 10-3 (0.77) and a conference record of 4-1 (0.80). The season itself is not over and VT heads to Raleigh, NC next weekend for the ACC Championships.