BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser has announced the signing of four standout wrestlers to National Letters of Intent and the four will enroll at Tech for the 2012-13 academic year. Huston Evans, Salvatore Mastriani, Dawson Peck and Ty Walz make up another strong class, one that is focussed on the upper weights.
Evans, ranked as the No. 25 overall senior wrestler in the country and the No. 4 189-pounder by InterMat, is a projected 197-pound wrestler in college. The Springfield, Ohio native attends Graham High School and is a three-time placewinner at the Walsh Ironman. He placed second at 189 pounds last year, fourth at 171 pounds as a sophomore and seventh at 152 pounds as a freshman. He enters his senior season with a 126-13 record overall, but has just four losses over the past two seasons. He won the Ohio state championship at 171 pounds as a sophomore and placed second as a junior (189 pounds) and second as a freshman (152 pounds).
Mastriani hails from Towaco, N.J., and attends Don Bosco Prep. He wrestles at 145 pounds in high school, but is projected to wrestle at 149/157 at Tech. He placed second at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals at 145 pounds in 2010 and has gone 70-14 the past two seasons, placing fourth at the New Jersey State Tournament.
Peck is the tallest wrestler to ever commit to the Hokies as he stands at 6-9. The Chambersburg, Pa., and Chambersburg High product placed second at the Pennsylvania State Tournament as a junior after going 40-2 with 25 pins and has a 90-24 record in high school. He had “Tommy John” surgery in September and will miss his senior season. Peck won the NHSCA Junior Nationals in folkstyle last year and placed eighth at the Junior Nationals in Greco Roman at 215 pounds. He took third at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and was a Cadet All-American in 2010.
Walz is the final signee for the Hokies. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and attends St. Edward High. He is another heavyweight who will compete for the job vacated after this year by senior David Marone. Walz placed sixth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in freestyle last year at 215 pounds.
“We are excited to sign these four guys,” Dresser said. “Houston Evans is a guy who comes from a great high school program and could be a difference maker early in his career. Houston is very athletic and could cover a couple of weight classes in his career. Dawson Peck at 6-9 will be one of the most unique big guys in the nation. Along with Dawson, we have another big guy coming in named Ty Walz. Ty, like Houston, comes from a great Ohio high school. We feel like we have a plan to get both big guys in our line up in the near future. Both of these guys could be really great college wrestlers. And finally, Sal Mastriani comes from the same high school as Nick Vetterlein in New Jersey. We had Sal at camp this summer and loved his toughness and his work ethic. His upside is really exciting!”
Several walk-ons will also join the program, but per NCAA Regulations, their names cannot be released at this time.
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