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January 8, 2009
Three more matches on tap this weekend for Hokies
Tech 6-0 on the young season
BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech wrestling team will look to build on its 6-0 start to the season with three more matches this weekend at the Bulldog Duals, hosted by Gardner-Webb University. The Hokies will open Saturday’s festivities against the host Bulldogs at 11:30 a.m., followed by a bout with The Citadel at 1 o’clock and then will finish up with Davidson at 2:30 p.m. All three matches will be wrestled at Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C., on the campus of G-W.

Gardner-Webb is 2-4 on the season while The Citadel is 1-3 and Davidson is 2-5. G-W heavyweight Dustin Porter is ranked 11th in the country by InterMat.

Head coach Kevin Dresser and his staff will give several of the starters in the lower weights the weekend off to rest their bodies heading into the second half of the season. All 10 starters are expected back in the lineup for the rest of the season.

With the season just over halfway through, many of the Hokies have cracked some of the national polls. Freshman Jarrod Garnett is ranked 13th in the InterMat poll and is 23-4 on the year. Also ranked in the InterMat poll are Chris Diaz (18th at 141 pounds) and Pete Yates (19th at 149 pounds). Garnett is 20th in the W.I.N. Magazine poll. Nine of Tech’s 10 starters are ranked in the top 33 at their weight class in the WrestlingReport.com national polls. They are: Garnett (13th at 125 pounds), Will Livingston (27th at 133 pounds), Diaz (20th at 141 pounds), Yates (19th at 149 pounds), Jesse Dong (22nd at 157 pounds), Matt Epperly (23rd at 165 pounds), Tommy Spellman (28th at 184 pounds), D.J. Bruce (25th at 197 pounds) and David Marone (24th at heavyweight).

Below is the probable lineup for the Hokies this weekend, as given by the coaching staff. Be sure to check back after each dual meet for an updated story and agate.

Virginia Tech (6-0)
125: Schuyler Swanton (7-6)
133: Will Livingston (6-4) OR Jared Jones (4-8)
141: Scott Chene (7-8) OR Matt Rosen (15-6)
149: Adam Broda (4-8) OR Matt Rosen (15-6)
157: Jesse Dong (15-4)
165: Matt Epperly (13-6)
174: Anthony Trongone (12-7)
184: Tommy Spellman (11-5) OR Kevin O'Connor (3-2)
197: D.J. Bruce (13-6)
285: David Marone (16-7)

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