Hokies win ACC in Wrestling

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2014.03.08. Wrestling. ACC Championship.

For the second consecutive year, the Virginia Tech Hokies are the ACC Champions in wrestling.  Tech won yesterday’s ACC Championship in Blacksburg.  It was the 18th team ACC Champion that Virginia Tech has won since joining the ACC in 2004.

Seven wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.  At-large bids for the event will be handed out in the upcoming week.

125: Joey Dance – 3rd place, qualified for NCAAs
133: Denis Gustafson – 1st place, qualified for NCAAs
141: Devin Carter – 1st place, qualified for NCAAs
149: Zach Neibert – 1st place, qualified for NCAAs
157: Sal Mastriani – 4th place
165: Chris Moon – 3rd place
174: Austin Gable – 4th place
184: Nick Vetterlein – 3rd place, qualified for NCAAs
197: Chris Penny – 1st place, qualified for NCAAs
285: Ty Walz – 3rd place, qualified for NCAAs

Devin Carter made a dramatic return from the torn hamstring he suffered in December to win the 141 weight class.  He had not wrestled since he suffered the injury.  He was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the ACC Championships.

The Hokies finished with 87 points, while second place Pitt finished with 67.

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  1. “18th team ACC Champion that Virginia Tech has won since joining the ACC”. Sounds pretty good for a school that was expected to be overwhelmed by ACC competition in all sports except football. Could make for an interesting Tech Sideline article !?

  2. Really good story line on Devin Carter. That’s going to be talked about at the NCAAs. If he wins it’ll be awesome for VT and he will attain “hero” status at the championships.

    Congratulations to the whole wrastlin’ team! I am especially pleased to beat out the ‘Hoos who were ranked ahead of us and thought they had the tournament in the bag. Also, great job, Coach Dressler. After the elitist and snobbish Tom Brands left for his alma mater (and one of the best programs in the country), Coach Dressler moved over from Christiansburg HS where he was truly under the radar. Tech got a good one, and he maybe should have been at Tech before Brands ever showed up.

    Coming from behind to win a second championship in a row takes some of the sting out of poor football and basketball seasons this year. I hope those teams take some pride in returning the favor.

      1. It would be truly amazing if they had 18 titles in wrestling alone in 10 years of ACC competition!

  3. So is Babcock getting the incentives from these or is weaver? Just thought about the contract. Wondered if those clauses are already in effect.

    1. Don’t think so. Why would the past AD (or anyone else) get an incentive earned after he left? Don’t think Newsome got an incentive for us making the Sun Bow (I HOPE not)l!!!

      IF Babcock got anythnig is 100% dependent on HIS contract and how it reads. It would have NOTHING to do with Weaver’s old contract.

      Congratulations to the Hokie Wrestlers..GREAT JOB!!!

  4. So how many ACC championships have we won over all sports and how many ACC championships has UVa won since VT joined the conference?

    1. Not sure of the totals, but I believe VT is forth behind UVa, Duke, and the Tarholes in overall championships since joining.

    2. Found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlantic_Coast_Conference_champions

      Seems Tech has a ways to go to even up with many of the original members (1953), which is expected. Hat tip again to the Men’s Swimming & Diving team for breaking a big Hoo streak, and GREAT JOB to this Wrestling team after losing a few stars from last year’s team!

      It would be awesome if these guys were to bring home VT’s first National Championship…a boy can dream…

  5. I enjoyed going to watch wrestling in high school. It’s one of the most exciting sports to watch if you know what’s going on. The State tournament was awesome.
    Always wondered why there wasn’t more fan sport when I was at VT? Hopefully, fans will get behind the team. They are seriously missing out on a great spectator sport if they don’t. Plus, VT has the potential to start a dynasty.

  6. Hearty congrats! Winning a team championship in any sport is an awesome accomplishment. Our wrestling coach has got it together. Maybe there are some lessons to be learned there. Go Hokies in the NCAA’s!

  7. I was there — had a great time. Very good crowd — highly recommend supporting the wrestling program — very intense!

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