Last weekend, as expected, Virginia Tech Wrestling destroyed Duke in a road dual meet, 40-3. It was the Hokies’ eighth dual meet win in a row, and it moved Virginia Tech from No. 12 in the nation to No. 11, per InterMat’s Dual Meet Rankings.
Here’s a look at the ACC standings heading into the weekend. (Note that Duke wrestled Appalachian State Thursday night, and that result is not included here in Duke’s overall record.)
And here’s a look at Intermat’s rankings of ACC squads:
Provided the Hokies can take care of business on the road at UNC this Friday, Feb. 8 (more on that in a moment), things continue to build to a meeting with NC State in Cassell Coliseum on February 22 that will likely decide the ACC dual meet championship.
And here’s another reminder: TechSideline.com invites you to attend that Friday night wrestling match vs. NC State, in an attempt to break the Hokies’ home attendance record of 5,097, set during a meet with Penn State in November of 2015. Wrestling is free, and you know where Cassell Coliseum is.
Virginia Tech Wrestling at UNC Preview
- Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 8, 6 PM EST
- Where to Watch: ACC Network Extra (click here to watch)
Per the rankings and records, North Carolina is the third-best of the ACC’s six wrestling programs. Last weekend, the Heels edged out Pittsburgh 19-16 to knock the Panthers down a peg. This week, Virginia Tech wrestling gets a chance to do the same to UNC.
Here’s a look at the projected individual matchups, with rankings (top 20 only, in bold) via Intermat.
- 125: VT Joey Prata vs. UNC Joe Heilmann
- 133: VT No. 12 Korbin Myers vs. UNC Gary Wayne Harding
- 141: VT Mitch Moore vs. UNC Jaime Hernandez
- 149: VT Ryan Blees vs. UNC No. 4 Austin O’Connor
- 157: VT BC LaPrade vs. UNC Josh McClure
- 165: VT No. 8 Mekhi Lewis vs. UNC Sawyer Davidson
- 174: VT No. 8 David McFadden vs UNC Devin Kane
- 184: VT No. 4 Zack Zavatsky vs. UNC No. 14 Chip Ness
- 197: VT No. 7 Tom Sleigh vs. Brandon Whitman
- Hwt: VT No. 18 Billy Miller vs. UNC Cory Daniel
The Hokies have a pronounced edge in the upper weight classes. The dual meet predictor at WrestleStat.com predicts a 25-7 Virginia Tech victory, with VT winning at 125, 133, 141, 165, 174, 184, 197 and Heavyweight. WrestleStat projects UNC to win at only the 149 and 157 classes.