Virginia Tech Wrestling Beats No. 3 Ohio State 21-15

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No. 11 Virginia Tech Wrestling registered a road upset of No. 3 Ohio State Sunday, running Tech’s record to 3-0 in dual meets this year. (Virginia Tech Athletics)

A great week for Virginia Tech Wrestling was capped off with an impressive 21-15 win over #2 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The 11th-ranked Hokies have now defeated three consecutive ranked teams, including two top-ten teams, to start the 2019 season.

Coming on the heels of signing the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, it was a monumental week for Virginia Tech Wrestling.

“It was obviously a really exciting dual meet and that’s why you don’t determine outcomes on paper,” said Tony Robie, head coach. “I was really proud of the way our guys stayed in there and fought and battled and dealt with a hostile environment.”

The match started with a top-15 matchup at 133 pounds between #13 Collin Gerardi (VT) and #14 Quinn Kinner. Gerardi’s four-point near-fall was the crucial moment in his 7-1 decision over Kinner that gave the Hokies a 3-0 lead.

The next two matches included the Moore brothers for the Hokies. This was a homecoming for the brothers as they grew up just outside of Columbus in St. Paris.

Mitch Moore had been on a roll at the 141-pound spot in the first two dual meets of the season. After a pin in just 26 seconds against Missouri, Moore pinned Jack Tolin of Northwestern last Sunday during the Mat on the Mound event at English Field. However, the challenge was much tougher against the Buckeyes as he had to face #1 Luke Pletcher. Pletcher won 13-5 over Moore and gave Ohio State a 4-3 lead.

Although Mitch Moore didn’t have his best stuff today, his older brother came up huge for the Hokies. Brent Moore had struggled in the first two matches of the year, losing both of his matches which prompted criticism from Robie after the meet against Northwestern. Brent answered the call in Columbus, pinning #8 Sammy Sasso in just one minute and sixteen seconds.

The Hokies took the momentum from the pin and won three of the next four matchups including Cody Hughes’s first win of the season at 174 pounds. The only loss that Tech suffered came at 165 pounds where #14 Ethan Smith upset #4 Tech’s David McFadden, 5-4.

“If you would have told me that David McFadden was not going to get his hand raised and we were going to win the dual meet, I would have been really surprised,” Robie said.

Entering the 197-pound matchup, the Hokies led the meet 18-7. Then the Buckeyes started to prove why they are one of the best teams in the nation. At 197, #1 Kollin Moore earned a tech fall over Tech’s Stan Smeltzer, 24-9 and closed the gap to 18-12. In the heavyweight match-up, #11 Chase Singletary won a close 4-2 decision over Tech’s John Borst to make it 18-15. For the second straight dual meet, the Hokies would have to win the final match-up to win the match.

The meet finished with the 125-pound match with Joey Prata facing #20 Malik Heinselman. After a slow start, Prata finished the match with five unanswered points and upset Heinselman 5-2 to finish off the Hokies historic win.

“Our guys were excited to compete, and they were excited for this opportunity,” Robie said. “They went out and had opportunities to take it and they took it.”

Tech remained undefeated in the early portion of its season and will now take a month off from dual meets. The Hokies will compete in two tournaments including the Navy Classic in Annapolis, MD next weekend before returning home to face Chattanooga on Dec. 21 in Cassell Coliseum.

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  1. Support the Wrestling program through when you use Amazon. (See pinned post on the wrestling board). Robie is continuing the momentum Dresser started and there are very big things ahead. The program needs everyone’s support and this is something everyone can do without it costing a penny. Please designate the SERTC as your smile charity on Amazon and we can give the team a huge boost in fundraising…

  2. We live in Columbus. There was absolutely no mention of the VT wrestling victory over the locally beloved Buckeyes in today’s Columbus Dispatch. Not fake news, just no news.

    1. You should send a letter to the editor stating: Since you forgot (and then attach Will’s article).

  3. Robie and his assistants have taken this program to new heights! They deserve all the credit and praise they can get. Thank you TSL for the great coverage of this rising program. Go Hokies!

      1. I’m at a loss too. TSL supplies better coverage of Tech wrestling the If you google search VT Wrestling….it brings you here. Keep up the great work Will. It’s been fun watching you get caught up in all of the excitement.

          1. Agree 100%…it’s probably TSL’s biggest improvement in years (with a nod to the podcast). Honestly, it’s the only reason I stick around

      2. TSL has been providing great coverage. Will, Thank you for investing in the wrestling program.

        I am enjoying the match and recruiting articles. The program is getting coverage on the TSL podcast outside. It’s a nice complement to the regular weekly coach’s podcast with Jason Bryant.

        Most importantly, TSL has a post at the top of the wrestling board for SERTC donations.

      3. I read the post in the tone of disbelief/realization, and not as an attack on TSL.

        More in the “wow, we are really really good” tone… hopefully that’s what was intended by the OP.

      4. I’m thinking they mean “needs more publicity on other sports and news sites”. Keep up the great job, Will & Co!

  4. It would be nice to have a brief re-cap of wresting scoring rules…

    match #1 is a 7-1 Hokies win, but our team score only goes to 3-0?

    match #2 we lose 5-13 and the team score goes to 3-4.

    How is a 13-5 victory worth more team points than a 7-1 near shutout?

      1. The “near fall” description in that link is wrong, I believe. I think a near fall is worth 2 or 4, not 2 or 3. Otherwise, the rules look correct, at a quick glance.

    1. 8 point win is worth 4 points. you get 5 points for a tech fall when you win by more then 15 points i think which happen later in the match,

      1. Upon reaching a 15 pt advantage the match is stopped unless in a pin situation where the ref will allow the move to complete for the potential 6 pt team award. If the match is ended with a 15 pt advantage it is a technical fall and team is awarded 5 pts — much like a TKO in boxing.

  5. Let’s please retain this coach. His skills as a recruiter and teacher of the sport is reaping tangible results.

  6. FYI — If Joey Prata had lost the final match by fewer than 8 points at 125 (tying the team score at 18), Virginia Tech would still have won 19-18 on tie-breaking criteria, due to Brent Moore’s pin.

    That would have been a big change from last year, where two of our last three duals (versus #9 Cornell and #10 NCSU) ended up tied and resulted in losses on “criteria”. (Fun fact: In between those two losses, we managed to smoke #22 UVA, 30-6.)

  7. We worried when Brands left, but Dresser & his assistant (Robie) built the program. We worried when Dresser left, but Robie is building a national championship contender

    1. I’m super impressed and have made donations to the program in recent years when I had never previously donated.

      They are doing great things

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