The No. 6 Virginia Tech wrestling team started the new year in dominant fashion, rolling past Princeton 30-11 and then pinning North Carolina 28-8 to open ACC action. Both victories came on the road, as the Hokies moved to 7-1 overall, 1-0 in the ACC. Against the Tar Heels, the Hokies won eight matches, getting a technical fall from Zack Zavatsky at 184 pounds and major decisions from Joey Dance (125) and Ty Walz (heavyweight). Against Princeton, Tech’s Jared Haught pinned No. 12 Brett Harner at 197, while Walz recorded a technical fall and Dance, Zavatsky and Zach Epperly (174) all won by major decision. Tech travels to the Tidewater area this weekend to participate in the Virginia Duals, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Hampton, Virginia.
Sami Hill and Chanette Hicks scored 16 points each to lift the No. 18 Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to a 78-69 win at Clemson on Sunday in the Hokies’ first conference road game of the season. Regan Magarity added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Tech, which led for the final three quarters of the game. The Hokies moved to 15-0 on the season, 2-0 in the ACC and will look to add another victory when they travel to Miami for a Wednesday night game against the Hurricanes. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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Magarity continued her strong play this season, with double-doubles in Tech’s victories over North Carolina and Clemson to start ACC action. In the win over UNC, she scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, while in the win at Clemson, she finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Magarity is nearly averaging a double-double this season at 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. She’s also shooting 55 percent from the floor.
The Associated Press named its 2016 All-Bowl Team on Jan. 4, and Virginia Tech whip linebacker Anthony Shegog earned a spot on the team after his performance in the Hokies’ 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. The redshirt junior from Stafford, Virginia finished with six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in arguably the best game of his career. Mook Reynolds, a defensive back, earned honorable mention honors to the team. The sophomore from Greensboro, North Carolina recorded five tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Hokies’ win. The two sacks were the first of his career.
A snowstorm that dumped roughly six inches of snow on the New River Valley area forced the postponement of the second day of a tri-meet being held at the Hokies’ Christiansburg Aquatic Center between Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. On the first day, Robert Owen (200 backstroke), Brandon Fiala (200 breaststroke), Ben Schiesl (1-meter diving), Klaudia Nazieblo (200 butterfly), and Jessica Hespeler (1,650 freestyle) all were victorious in their respective events. Both Tech squads will compete this weekend against Virginia in a dual meet that will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Friday’s competition begins at 5 p.m., while Saturday’s starts at 11 a.m.
Injuries hindered the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team this past week, as the Hokies suffered two road losses in ACC action, falling at NC State 104-78 and losing at Florida State 93-78. The Hokies, who fell to 12-3 overall, 1-2 in the ACC, played against the Wolfpack without Khadim Sy (ankle) and then Seth Allen left the game early with a head injury. Allen missed the Hokies’ game with the Seminoles, and Sy saw limited minutes. Ahmed Hill scored 17 in the Hokies’ loss to the Wolfpack, while Chris Clarke tied a career high with 22 points in the loss at FSU. Tech resumes action Tuesday evening with a home game against Syracuse that tips off at 7.
Virginia Tech senior diver Leah Piemonte lays out above the 3-meter board during the Hokies’ meet with Georgia Tech and Kentucky at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center Friday before weather caused the rest of the meet to be cancelled. Piemonte is one of a dozen swimmers and divers that will be wrapping up their Tech careers in a few months and will be honored on Senior Day when the Hokies take on Cincinnati and Rutgers on Jan. 21 at the CAC.