No. 9 Virginia Tech Wrestling Takes Down No. 22 Appalachian State, 23-11

Caleb Henson picked up a huge victory for Virginia Tech on Friday at Appalachian State. (Ivan Morozov)

Two months ago, No. 11 Caleb Henson (149) said No. 9 Virginia Tech was head hunting this season, on a mission to prove that the program deserves to be respected as one of the best in the nation.

The talented true freshman, who’s made headlines for his impressive performances on the mat and his staggering quotes off of it, added another head to his collection Friday night, taking down No. 8 Jonathan Millner in overtime, 6-4.

Henson’s win was Tech’s first of the night and set the tone for the Hokies in their 23-11 victory over No. 22 Appalachian State in Boone.

Despite trailing late in the third period, the Georgia native took down Millner for two points to earn a 4-3 advantage. With Millner earning a point at the end of regulation for riding time, Henson wasted no time in the extra period, scoring on another takedown to earn his second top-10 win of the year.

While No. 3 Mekhi Lewis’ (174) match didn’t require overtime, it was much closer than originally expected with No. 32 Will Miller.

Leading 5-2 at the start of the third period, Miller escaped Lewis grasp to cut the former national champion’s lead to two. Then in the final stages of the bout, Miller cut down Lewis on a double-leg takedown, tying the match at five. He nearly took the lead with back points.

After an unsuccessful Appalachian State challenge that there were back points scored, Lewis had 14 seconds to earn an escape point to lock up the win. Off the whistle, Lewis forced his way up and was able to kick his leg out from the clasped hands of MIller to take home the 6-5 victory and get to 11-1 on the season.

Sam Latona continued his solid streak with another ranked win for Virginia Tech. (Ivan Morozov)

No. 6 Sam Latona (133) was the only other Hokie to pick up a ranked win. The redshirt junior took down No. 24 Sean Carter in overtime, 3-1, to move to 18-4 on the year.

Both scoring on escapes, Latona and Carter entered overtime tied at one. Latona was able to get in on Carter on a single sweep shot, scoring the match-winning takedown to add to Tech’s team score.

Two Hokies took home major decision victories against the Mountaineers. No. 23 Andy Smith (197) took down Carson floyd in an offensive onslaught, 13-3. No. 23 Hunter Catka (285) made easy work of Mason Fiscella, taking down the redshirt sophomore 12-2.

No. 15 Tom Crook (141) and No. 7 Hunter Bolen (184) both nabbed decision victories against App State. Crook defeated Heath Gonyer in the final match of the dual to ice Tech’s victory while Bolen handled Luke Uliano, 5-1.

At 125 pounds, No. 20 Eddie Ventresca suffered his second loss in his last three bouts, losing to No. 21 Caleb Smith, 8-3. With the match tied at two at the end of two, Smith exploded in the third period to take the win over Ventresca.

Clayton Ulrey (157) and Ty Finn (165) both fell in major decision losses against the Mountaineers. No. 31 Tommy Askey took down Ulrey, 12-4 and No. 26 Will Formato blanked Ty Finn, 12-0.

Virginia Tech is in action on Friday when the Hokies will host No. 5 N.C. State at 7 p.m. in a match that will have huge implications in the battle to win the ACC regular season title.

Results:

125: No. 21 Caleb Smith (APP) dec. No. 20 Eddie Ventresca (VT), 8-3

133: No. 6 Sam Latona (VT) dec. No. 24 Sean Carter (APP), 3-1 (SV)

141: No. 15 Tom Crook (VT) dec. Heath Gonyer (APP), 9-4

149: No. 11 Caleb Henson (VT) dec. No. 8 Jonathan Millner (APP), 6-4

157: No. 31 Tommy Askey (APP) maj dec. Clayton Ulrey (VT), 12-4

165: No. 26 Will Formato (APP) maj dec. Ty Finn (VT), 12-0

174: No. 3 Mekhi Lewis (VT) dec. No. 32 Will Miller (APP), 6-5

184: No. 7 Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. Luke Uliano (APP), 5-1

197: No. 23 Andy Smith (VT) maj dec. Carson Floyd (APP), 13-3

285: No. 23 Hunter Catka (VT) maj dec. Mason Fiscella (APP), 12-2

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  1. We will soon see if they are elite or not…..need to knock off #5 if we want to be legit contenders. If not we are just another above avg team.

    1. If we win all the other ACC matches we still will have a chance to win the ACC tournament and have an excellent year. Problem is: we usually have to play NC State twice and it’s hard to beat them once, even harder to beat them twice.

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