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Hokie beat ‘Hoos to win Virginia Duals

In a dual meet that literally came down to one bonus point, the sixth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team downed No. 16 Virginia 16-15 Saturday night thanks to Devin Carter’s major decision to claim the 35th Virginia Duals inside the Hampton Coliseum. The two teams split 10 matches, but it was that bonus point early on that proved to be the difference. It was the Hokies’ second Virginia Duals title in three years as they also won it in 2013. The Hokies (8-1) opened the tournament with a 29-15 win over Kent State and then dispatched Arizona State 25-15 to win their pool. On Saturday, Tech opened up the day with a 19-15 win over No. 24 Old Dominion to reach the finals. Carter was named the Duals’ Most Outstanding Wrestler after going 4-0 with two major decisions, a technical fall and 31 takedowns. Joey Dance went 4-0 and heavyweight Ty Walz also went 4-0, including two wins to seal the dual match.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Devin Carter
(Wrestling, Sr., Christiansburg, Va.)
Carter was named the Virginia Duals’ Most Outstanding Wrestler after going 4-0 with two major decisions, a technical fall and 31 takedowns, leading the Hokies to their second Virginia Duals title in three years. He downed ninth-ranked Chris Mecate in Tech’s win over Old Dominion and his major decision was the difference in a one-point win over Virginia in the finals.

H2Okies win dual meets at the CAC


The swimming & diving teams dominated in their dual meets against the Kentucky men and the Richmond women on Saturday. Jessica Hespeler and Klaudia Nazieblo each won three individual events in the meet to lead the women, and Morgan Latimer, Collin Higgins and Jared Butts led the men with two wins apiece. The 12th-ranked H2Okie men beat Kentucky by a score of 186-114 and improved their dual-meet record to 8-1. The Tech men finished the day with 10 first-place finishes en route to their eighth dual-meet win. The H2Okie women topped Richmond by a score of 184-104 and improved their dual-meet record to 7-2. In all, they finished first in every event of the day, securing top-three finishes in 10 out of the 16 events.

Freshman off to hot start in ACC action

Freshman Justin Bibbs continued his strong play, scoring a career-high 25 points, as Virginia Tech fell at Florida State, 86-75, last Tuesday night. This marked his fourth game of 20-or-more points, making him the first Tech freshman to achieve that since Dell Curry had five such games during the 1983-84 season. Adam Smith added 24 points for the Hokies and Devin Wilson dished out seven assists to go along with no turnovers in 35 minutes of action. In the first two ACC games, Bibbs is averaging 23.5 points per game and Wilson has 15 assists and just one turnover. The Hokies had an open weekend before returning to action tonight at nationally ranked Louisville.

Camp puts up solid numbers for Tech

Rachel Camp had a big week for the Hokies, averaging 13 points per game and a team-high eight rebounds per game in losses to NC State and Miami. Camp tallied 14 points and eight boards against the Hurricanes after tallying 12 points and eight boards against the Wolfpack earlier in the week. Vanessa Panousis led the Hokies in scoring on the week, averaging 14.5 points over two games, including an 18-point outing at State and 11 points versus Miami. Sidney Cook also had a strong outing at NC State, posting 12 points and nine rebounds. Defensively, Taijah Campbell posted five blocks against the Hurricanes.

Hokies soar at Pole Vault Convention

The Virginia Tech track & field team got the 2015 season off to a high-flying start with an impressive outing at the Akron Pole Vault Convention on Fri. Jan. 9. Chris Uhle won the invitational section of the men’s pole vault while Kristen Lee posted a second-place finish in the women’s invitational section. Uhle’s winning mark of 17’07” (5.36m) was a personal best, and beat the nearest competitor by four inches. His mark is currently the fifth best in the nation this season and the best in the ACC. Torben Laidig followed Uhle in third place with a mark of 16’11” (5.16m). On the women’s side, Kristen Lee cleared a height of 12’07.5” (3.85m). The Hokies will be back in action this weekend when they kick off the 2015 home meet schedule with the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Ricky Surum of the Virginia Tech baseball team interviews Hokie pole-vaulter Jared Allison

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Sunny Start for H2Okies in 2015

After beginning the year with an intense training trip in the Sunshine State, Tech returned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to host dual meets at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, where a beam of sunlight illuminated Drake Becksted Saturday afternoon.