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April 23, 2010
Five Hokies named all-state by VaSID
Stephens named unanimous Rookie of the Year

BLACKSBURG - Five Virginia Tech wrestlers were named all-state by the Virginia Sports Information Directors, as released Friday morning by the organization. Two Hokies were named first team while three earned second-team nods.

Making the first team were 141-pounder Chris Diaz and 149-pounder Brian Stephens. Diaz earned All-America honors by winning four matches in the consolation rounds en route to an eight-place finish. Stephens won an ACC title and qualified for the NCAA Championships in a year he was supposed to redshirt. He didn’t begin officially competing until January, yet still managed to earn the ACC Freshman of the Year honor and followed that up with a unanimous state Rookie of the Year honor.

Jarrod Garnett (125 pounds), Jesse Dong (157 pounds) and Tommy Spellman (184 pounds) each earned second-team honors. Garnett and Dong were ACC champions who made the NCAA Championships and Spellman was an ACC runner-up who also advanced to the Big Dance.

Below are the full teams:

2010 VaSID All-State Wrestling Team

VaSID All-State First Team

125: James Nicholson, Old Dominion
133: Marcus Chevres, Apprentice School
141: Chris Diaz, Virginia Tech
149: Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech
157: Peter Rose, Southern Virginia
165: Chris Brown, Old Dominion
174: Chris Henrich, Virginia
184: Mike Salopek, Virginia
197: Brent Jones, Virginia
285: Josh Wine, VMI

VaSID All-State Second Team
125: Jarrod Garnett, Virginia Tech
133: Matt Snyder, Virginia
141: Ty Holley, Apprentice School
149: Frankie Gayeski, Liberty
157: Jesse Dong, Virginia Tech
165: Chad Porter, Liberty
174: Mendbagana Tovuujav, George Mason
184: Tommy Spellman, Virginia Tech
197: Jesse Strawn, Old Dominion
285: Jack Danilkowicz, Virginia

Wrestler of the Year: Chris Henrich, Virginia

Rookie of the Year: Brian Stephens, Virginia Tech (Unanimous decision)

Coach of the Year: Steve Garland, Virginia

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