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Updated: May 23, 2015
2015 NCAA All-American
2014-15: An All-American at 174 pounds, placing seventh … The state's rookie of the year as voted on by VaSID … Posted a 24-8 record for the season … Picked up a pin in his collegiate debut, coming against Newberry … Wrestling unattached, won the Hokie Open by going 4-0 … Defeated No. 14 Kurtis Julson of North Dakota State 6-4 in a dual meet … Pinned 13th-ranked Mark Martin in the second tiebreaker to help the Hokies beat No. 4 Ohio State … Took fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … Went 5-2, picking up wins over Pete Renda, Nate Jackson and Mark Martin … Upset second-ranked Matt Brown of Penn State 8-6 in sudden victory in the dual meet … Named ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance … Went 3-1 at the Virginia Duals with a pair of pins … Suffered a close 3-2 loss to No. 6 Blaise Butler of Virginia in the final match … Downed No. 6 Tyler Wilps 3-2 in the dual meet against Pitt … Rolled to a 17-2 technical fall over Duke's Randy Roden in the dual … Went 3-1 at the conference championship to place third … Advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships before falling, but won the round of 12 match with Virginia's Blaise Butler, pinning him in the third period … A member of the NWCA All-Academic squad.
2013-14: Was redshirted … Went 29-2 wrestling unattached at 174 pounds … Won six open tournaments … Went 4-0 at the Hokie Open to take the title … Beat No. 15 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel, 4-3, in the finals … Went 5-0 at the Wolfpack Open to take first place … Placed fifth at the Midlands Championships with a 4-2 mark while competing unattached … Went 4-0 at the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial to take the title … Defeated defending Pac-12 champion Dominic Kastl of Cal Poly in the finals … Went 3-0 (2-0 against NCAA competition) at the Appalachian State Open to take first place … Won his fifth tournament of the season when he went 5-0 to take the Edinboro Open crown at 174 pounds … Went 4-0 to win the National Collegiate Open in Richmond for title No. 6.
High School: Lettered four times for Coach Daryl Weber at Christiansburg High … Rated as the No. 26 overall recruit in the country by InterMat, No. 29 by D1CollegeWrestling, No. 43 by FloWrestling and No. 48 by Amateur Wrestling News … Finished his senior year ranked fourth in the country at 170 pounds by InterMat and No. 9 in the country at 182 pounds by AWN … Won four VHSL Group AA titles … Won at 170 pounds as a senior, 160 pounds as a junior, 145 pounds as a sophomore and at 135 pounds as a freshman … The Timesland Wrestler of the Year as named by The Roanoke Times as a junior … Also won the River Ridge and Region IV crowns to go with the Beast of the East and the Big Blue, where he beat four-time Group AAA champ Cody Allala of Hopewell in a last-second rally … Had 173 wins in high school.
Personal: Zach Lee Epperly was born February 24, 1994 in Radford, VA … The son of Jeff and Elise Epperly … Has two brothers: Matt and Brady … Matt was a two-time ACC champion for the Hokies … Enrolled in university studies.