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Sixth-ranked Hokies roll over No. 13 Iowa State

Virginia Tech opened the 2015-16 wrestling season with a dominating victory over Iowa State Saturday in Cassell Coliseum. The top-15 matchup featured a combined 10 ranked wrestlers. Tech won eight of the nine contested weight classes in the 32-3 victory. Sixth-ranked Joey Dance brought home the first win of the afternoon before Solomon Chishko, 12th-ranked Sal Mastriani, third-ranked Nick Brascetta, third-ranked Zach Epperly, Zack Zavatsky, and second-ranked Ty Walz collected wins. Jared Haught, ranked 17th, earned a forfeit. In his collegiate debut, redshirt freshman David McFadden stunned No. 6 Tanner Weatherman, 4-3, in the biggest upset of the day. On Sunday, three Hokies took home titles and 12 other Tech grapplers placed in the Hokie Open at Rector Field House. The Hokies are back in action Sunday when they face current No. 2 Penn State at 1 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Ty Walz
(Wrestling • 285 • r-Junior • Cleveland, Ohio)
Ty Walz completed a 2-0 week after earning one of the first two victories in program history at the NWCA All-Star Classic and contributing to the Hokies' dismantling of No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday. Walz defeated reigning national champion Adam Coon of Michigan, 9-3, jumpstarted by a monstrous takedown in the first period, moving to 2-0 in the pair's all-time series. The redshirt junior won the final four team points in Saturday's victory with a 21-7 domination of Quean Smith, including nine takedowns for a major decision. Walz is currently ranked No. 2/3 in national polls.

Hokies to host NCAA first-round game Saturday

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team earned its eighth consecutive NCAA tournament berth, as the Hokies will host Cincinnati in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Thompson Field. The Hokies, who finished the regular season 14-3-2 overall and in fifth place in the ACC with a 6-3-1 record, will host the AAC tournament champion Bearcats. Tech is a fourth seed in the tournament and is one of eight ACC teams to make the NCAA championship. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in women’s soccer. Tech is led by junior forward Murielle Tiernan and senior midfielder Ashley Meier, who were named first team All-ACC last week. They are first and second, respectively, in career goals scored at Virginia Tech.

Coach Beamer recognized by Tech Board of Visitors

Frank Beamer was honored Monday by the school’s Board of Visitors, who issued a resolution in tribute that expressed their affection, admiration, respect and gratitude for his unique and profound impact on hundreds of players and thousands of lives throughout his 29-year tenure at Tech. The current active all-time wins leader in FBS with 277 victories, Beamer has announced his plans to retire at the end of the season. The Hokies take on Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m., Thursday in Atlanta. They will be looking to avenge last season’s 27-24 defeat at the hands of the Yellow Jackets at Lane Stadium after having four won straight in the series. Virginia Tech needs two wins in its final three games to be bowl eligible for the 23rd straight season. Georgia Tech needs to win its final three to be eligible.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Leading up to this weekend’s men’s and women’s basketball openers, Devin Wilson and Vanessa Panousis put each other to the test

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Hokies cruise past Pitt and Notre Dame to open ACC season


The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams opened ACC competition over the weekend and knocked off Notre Dame and Pittsburgh at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The No. 22/27 men won 237-131 over Notre Dame and 254-116 over Pitt. The No. 27/NR women won 208-162 over Notre Dame and 224-146 over Pittsburgh. Fiona Donnelly and Brandon Fiala each placed first in the 200 IM. Jessica Hespeler won both the 500 free and the 200 free to cap off a great weekend. Zach Switzer and Robert Owen tied for first in the 400 IM with a time of 3:57.10. Lucas Bureau won the 100 fly in 48.81 and the 100 free in 45.18. The Hokies will compete next at the Tennessee Fall Invitational Nov. 20-22.

Hokies win at Notre Dame, split for the weekend

Senior Kenedy McGrath paced the Hokies to a perfect 3-0 sweep of the Fighting Irish on Friday. McGrath posted a career-high of 29 digs in Tech’s first ever win at Notre Dame. Her 29 digs were the Hokies’ highest single-game total since 2012. Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie led the offense with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Katie Krueger attacked at a .463 rate with eight kills to secure Tech’s three-set win. Tech wrapped up the weekend falling at No. 22 Lousiville. Despite the setback, redshirt freshman Briana Lanktree slugged four kills in the final set, attacking at a .500 clip. Ashley Battle matched Lanktree’s rate while Cara Cunningham posted a .667 attack percentage. Tech returns to Cassell Coliseum on Nov. 20 to face Syracuse.

Hokie Open final meet for Tech before NCAA regional


Though most of the top runners sat out, the Virginia Tech cross country teams competed in the Hokie Open Friday at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course. The men’s team defeated Radford, and Juan Campos led the scoring by finishing first among those counting toward scoring in the 6K race in a time of 18:34.70. Andrew Gaiser won the race in a time of 18:29.40, but ran unattached. On the women’s side, Tech’s Emily Beatty led the field with a time of 14:47.80. Rachel Pocratsky and Jillian Everly claimed second and third, respectively. Tech’s top runners rested in preparation for Friday’s NCAA Southeast Regional meet to be held in Earlysville, Virginia, where Thomas Curtin will be looking for his third straight win. The top two men’s and women’s teams at the regional qualify for the NCAA championships.

Hokies wrap up fall golf schedule

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team wrapped up the fall portion of the 2015-16 schedule with an eighth-place finish at the rain-shortened Kiawah Classic by Aramark last Tuesday. The event, played at the Turtle Point Golf Club at the Kiawah Island Resort, was originally scheduled for 54 holes, but torrential rain in the area forced the cancelation of the final day. Joey Lane ended the fall on a hot streak, as he tied his career-best with a fourth-place finish. Lane finished the fall with two top-five and one top-10 finish in the last three events. Lane led the Hokies in stroke average this fall, at 71.92, and freshman Logan Yates was second at 73.62. Yates led in crunch time average, at 72.80.

Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

Getting ready for Hokie Hoops!

Coach Buzz Williams talks to fans during a student-driven open scrimmage last week in Cassell Coliseum. Both the men’s and women’s basketball team have their home openers this weekend, with Coach Dennis Wolff’s women taking on Presbyterian Friday night at 7 p.m., and the men opening with Alabama State in the Cassell Saturday at 7 p.m.