Joey Dance

  • Joey
  • Dance

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  • Weight
    125 lbs.
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  • Hometown
    Christiansburg, Va.
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Updated: June 7, 2017

Two-time NCAA All-American (4th, 2014; 5th, 2017)
Three-time ACC Champion (2015-17)
2014 ACC Freshman of the Year

2016-17: NCAA All-American … ACC Champion at 125 pounds … VaSID All-State first team … Left as one of only 11 wrestlers in program history to collect 100 career victories … His .851 career winning percentage ranked fourth in the Tech record book at the time of his graduation … Left as the program record holder in career dual meet victories with 69 … Went 5-2 at NCAAs to place fifth … Was the No. 2 national seed at 125 … Bounced back after a loss in the quarterfinals to defeat Nebraska’s Tim Lambert and Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser in the consolation round to clinch a spot on the podium … Earned the top seed at the ACC Tournament at 125 … Went 5-0 to claim the 125-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, the second in Tech history … Went 5-0 in ACC duals … Opened the season with a 3-1 decision over No. 18 Sean Russell of Edinboro … Career victory No. 100 came in a 5-3 decision against North Dakota State’s Joshua Rodriguez … Registered an 11-3 major decision over No. 7 Jack Mueller of Virginia in a dual … Lone loss of the season was a 4-2 decision to Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, the eventual national champion … Majored No. 12 Sean Fausz of NC State, 11-3, in the ACC dual meet title match … Defeated No. 6 Tim Lambert of Nebraska, 7-4, in the NWCA National Duals.

2015-16: Dance won his second ACC Championship in his junior year after finishing the regular season undefeated in duals … Finished the season 28-3, going 18-0 in duals and 5-0 during the ACC slate … finished runner up at Cliff Keen Invitational for the second consecutive season … Won the Hokie Open championship at 125 pounds … Recorded 11 bonus victories and his 28 victories was good for second best on the team … Went 4-0 at Virginia Duals, including bonus victories over his opponents from The Citadel and Arizona State … Won a crucial 11-9 victory over Connor Youtsey of Michigan to help Tech defeat the Wolverines as part of the National Duals Championship Series … Won his second ACC Championship to qualify for his third trip to Nationals.

2014-15: ACC Champion who posted a 28-4 record for the season … A first-team all-state selection by VaSID … Selected to participate in the 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic against Missouri's Alan Waters, where he fell 4-3 … Picked up a pin in Tech's win over Newberry … Wrestling unattached, won the Hokie Open by going 3-0 … Pinned 18th-ranked Sean Boyle late in the first period of the finals … Defeated No. 13 Josh Rodriguez of North Dakota State 6-3 in a dual … Rallied to beat 10th-ranked Nathan Tomasello in the Hokies' dual meet win over Ohio State … Took second at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … Went 4-1, picking up wins over Josh Rodriguez and a pin of Dylan Peters along the way … Fell 6-4 to Nahshon Garrett in the finals … Dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 10 Jordan Conaway of Penn State in the dual … Champion of the Midlands Championships, going 5-0 … Beat 10th-seeded Lucas Malmberg of Messiah, 16-6, third-seeded Josh Rodriguez of NDSU, 7-1 and then top-seeded Thomas Gilman of Iowa, 3-1 (SV-2) in the final three matches to take the title … Named ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance … Went 4-0 at the Virginia Duals with a sudden victory win over ODU's Brandon Jeske … Topped No. 6 Dylan Peters of UNI for the second in the season, this time 7-6 in the dual … Rolled to a 22-7 technical fall over Thayer Atkins of Duke in the dual … Went 2-0 at the conference championship to claim his first ACC title … Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, falling in the round of 12.

2013-14: Went 28-10 on the year and went 18-5 in duals … An All-American at 125 pounds who finished fourth … The ACC Freshman of the Year … Placed third at the ACC Championship to qualify for Nationals … Had three major decisions, a technical fall and two pins … Went 5-1 in ACC duals … Opened his career at 4-0 with dual meet wins against Hofstra, Kent State, Chattanooga and VMI … Beat 12th-ranked David Terao of American 3-1 in the tiebreaker in a dual … Picked up a dual meet win over UVa's Nick Herrmann to open ACC play … Won three matches at the Las Vegas Invitational … Missed the Midlands due to a sprained ankle … Beat No. 20 Nathan Kraisser of UNC in sudden victory in the dual match … Won both of his ACC duals in the Duke/NC State weekend in close fashion … Went 3-1 at the NWCA National duals, picking up a pin, a major decision and a 6-1 win over Central Michigan's Corey Keener, ranked 12th in the country … Earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors for the performance … Ended the regular season with a 10-3 win over No. 17 Nick Roberts of Ohio State … Went 3-1 at the ACC Championship to take third place … Picked up two wins in the wrestlebacks to become the first true freshman to earn All-American honors in program history … Beat the Nos. 7, 6 and 5 seeds in that order to advance to the third-place match … Fell to No. 3 Nico Megaludis of Penn State in that bout … The 2014 VaSID State Rookie of the Year, as well as a first-team selection … Placed third at the ASICS University Freestyle Nationals at 57 kg, going 6-1.

High School: Lettered four times for Coach Daryl Weber at Christiansburg High … Ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the country by FloWrestling, No. 6 by D1CollegeWrestling, No. 8 by InterMat and No. 11 by Amateur Wrestling News … The No. 1 wrestler in the country last year at 126 pounds as ranked by InterMat and No. 5 at 138 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News … Won the FILA Junior Freestyle Nationals in Wisconsin to qualify for the FILA Junior World Team Trials, where he won the wrestle-off for a spot on the National team and represented the U.S.A. at the Junior Worlds in Thailand … Also won National Freestyle Championships at the Cadet, Junior, FILA Cadet and FILA Junior levels … A four-time Virginia Group AA state champion … 2012 Beast of the East Champ, 2012 Walsh Ironman Champ, 2012 Super 32 Champ … As a freshman, won the title at 112 pounds and took first at the state meet as a sophomore at 119 pounds before winning the crown at 132 pounds as a junior … Won a title at 138 pounds his senior year … The Timesland Wrestler of the Year as named by The Roanoke Times.

Personal: Joseph Green Dance IV was born October 22, 1993 in Richmond, VA … The son of Joe and Silvia Dance … Majoring in sociology.