No. 8 Virginia Tech Wrestling Beats Virginia 19-15

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No. 1-ranked Mekhi Lewis won again, his 24th straight victory. (Virginia Tech Athletics)

No. 8 Virginia Tech Wrestling put in a workmanlike performance against unranked Virginia, downing the Hoos 19-15 for the Hokies’ ninth straight dual-meet win over Virginia and 17th out of the last 18.

There were no surprises in this one, with all ten matches going true to form. Each team won five of the ten weight classes. Computer models on had the Hokies winning by a score of 17-15, and each match went as predicted, but thanks to a tech fall and two major decisions, the Hokies out-pointed the Cavaliers by four.

The meet began with the 125-pound class, and Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Sam Latona, ranked No. 10 in the nation, blew up on UVA’s Sam Book. With about 1:05 remaining in the second period, the match was close, with Latona up 5-2. But in the last 65 seconds of the match, Latona outscored Book 13-1, taking an 18-3 tech fall to put the Hokies up 5-0.

That was followed by the best matchup (on paper) of the evening in the 133-pound class, with Virginia Tech’s No. 8-ranked Korbin Myers against No. 12 Louie Hayes of Virginia. It was expected to be close, but it wasn’t. Myers led Hayes 6-0 after two periods and then outscored Hayes 6-1 in the third for a 12-1 major decision that put the Hokies up 9-0 after just two matches.

After that, things slowed down for Virginia Tech. Hokies fans were interested in seeing what undefeated (4-0) true freshman Sam Hillegas could do in his ACC debut in the 141-pound class, but Hillegas fell to redshirt junior Brian Courtney, 8-3.

At 149 pounds, No. 12-ranked sophomore Bryce Andonian beat Denton Spencer 8-0, putting the Hokies up 13-3. Andonian is undefeated on the season at 4-0.

At 157 pounds, unranked Hokie redshirt freshman Connor Brady had his chances against No. 15 Justin McCoy, but McCoy’s defense was good, and he held off Brady 3-2 to make it 13-6, Virginia Tech.

At 165 pounds, No. 1 Mehki Lewis got out to a quick 6-1 lead over No. 15 Jake Keating just two minutes into the first period, then coasted to an 8-2 win.

After that, from 175 through the heavyweight class, things were uneventful, with no major decisions or tech falls and every matchup going as expected, including three wins by ranked wrestlers on both sides, including No. 2 Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech and No. 3 Jay Aiello of UVA.

Here are the full results:

  • 125: No. 10 Sam Latona (VT) TF Sam Book (UVA), 18-3 (7:00)
  • 133: No. 8 Korbin Myers (VT) MD No. 12 Louie Hayes (UVA), 12-1
  • 141: Brian Courtney (UVA) dec. Sam Hillegas (VT), 8-3
  • 149: No. 12 Bryce Andonian (VT) MD Denton Spencer (UVA), 8-0
  • 157: No. 15 Justin McCoy (UVA) dec. Connor Brady (VT), 3-2
  • 165: No. 1 Mekhi Lewis (VT) dec. No. 15 Jake Keating (UVA), 8-2
  • 174: Vic Marcelli (UVA) dec. Dakota Howard (VT), 6-4
  • 184: No. 2 Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. Michael Battista (UVA), 10-4
  • 197: No. 3 Jay Aiello (UVA) dec. Andy Smith (VT), 10-3
  • 285: No. 20 Quinn Miller (UVA) dec. Hunter Catka (VT), 4-0

In other ACC action, No. 4 NC State whipped No. 12 Pitt 27-6 and No. 14 North Carolina thrashed Duke 29-9.

Virginia Tech’s next action is at Duke next Friday, January 29th. The Hokies will then stay over in the Research Triangle area Friday night and wrestle against UNC on Saturday, January 30th, to make up the meet that was postponed last Friday, January 15th.

Neither meet will be televised or streamed.


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  1. Nice (very) high level summary, but weak on details (please give us at least some) on, e.g., the major scoring moves in some of the matches. For example, how did Latona rack up 13 points in one minute? I don’t mean to be chippy, but the article would be much more interesting if even a few details such as this are included.

  2. The Myers over Hayes match is pretty important and high quality margin of victory looking towards NCAAT. Myers is looking very impressive.

  3. Back to back matches – is that normal – helpful in any way given UNC is ranked?

    17 of 18 is VT – reminds me of another streak! lol!


    1. I would say a little. Back to backs are not common, but not rare either. UNC clashes with NCSt the night before and we clash with Duke. We have some depth at some weight classes that we could run with against Duke – so I think that combined with Duke being an easier match means our guys should be a little more rested than the UNC guys.

    2. It is somewhat common for wrestling teams to wrestle multiple times in the span of a few days or a weekend. Each wrestler is only on the mat for a maximum 7 minutes in a meat, so they can recover overnight and it can be done.

      In the quad meet at Morgantown, Andonian wrestled three times in one day.

      1. IIRC the NCAA caps the # of matches at 5 in a day….and I think it is something like 90-120 minutes between matches. This comes into play for tournaments/opens. Not 100% though.

  4. Wish the ACC Network could carry these matches, but they seem to schedule shows about Duke and UVA basketball around the clock… then again half Hokie Nation has Comcast which doesn’t carry ACCN. Meanwhile, I can watch the Big10 wrestling with no problem. The Big Ten seems to get it, that folks want to see their teams compete, all sports.

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