The Virginia Tech wrestling team ran away from the field at the 2014 ACC Wrestling Championship, held inside Cassell Coliseum, to take home its second straight ACC title. The Hokies have been a dominant force in league dual meets under head coach Kevin Dresser, going 30-10 in his tenure. This past year, Tech crowned four champions - Dennis Gustafson, Devin Carter, Zach Neibert and Chris Penny - as the program raised the trophy once again.
Virginia Tech wrestlers will be working toward competing in the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The tournament takes place March 19-21, 2015 and will showcase the top 33 wrestlers at each of the 10 weight classes. Last year, Tech sent nine wrestlers to the tournament with three - Joey Dance, Devin Carter and Chris Penny - earning All-America honors. Dance became the first freshman in program history to step on the podium and Carter became the first finalist in program history as he took second at 141 pounds. Virginia Tech as a team placed eighth in the country at the tournament, a program-best, and has placed in the top 11 at the last three tournaments. Over the past five seasons, Tech has sent an average of eight wrestlers (out of a possible 10) to the Big Dance and seen its national prominence rise under head coach Kevin Dresser.
Fourteen Virginia Tech wrestlers have earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with two new members joining the club last year. Devin Carter earned his second All-America honor and was a finalist at 141 pounds while Joey Dance (125 pounds) and Chris Penny (197 pounds) all earned their first All-America honors to solidify their spots in program history. Dance and Penny join a group that includes Nick Brascetta, Devin Carter (two timer), Chris Diaz, Mike Faust, Josh Feldman, Jarrod Garnett, Brandon Glover, Sean Gray (two timer), David Hoffman, Chris Martin, Zach Neibert and Pete Yates as Hokie All-Americans.
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