November 30, 2011
    Tech set to open home wrestling slate
    Battle of ranked opponents at 165 pounds highlights the evening

    BLACKSBURG - The 14th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling squad will open its home slate Thursday night inside Cassell Coliseum against Apalachian State at 7 p.m. The Hokies are 2-1 and moved up a spot in the latest poll after winning a thrilling 18-13 dual meet against the University of Virginia on Sunday in Charlottesville.

    Tech will send three ranked wrestlers to the mat while the Mountaineers could send two ranked competitors out to wrestle. At 165 pounds, Tech’s Pete Yates, ranked 14th, is scheduled to battle 20th-ranked Kyle Blevins in the feature match. Blevins defeated Yates in last year’s dual meet, 6-4 in sudden victory.

    Virginia Tech leads the series with ASU, 16-13-2, in a series that dates back to 1947.

    The first 300 fans in attendance receive a free Virginia Tech tumbler cup. The marketing staff will also be giving away gift certificates to TOTS & PKs throughout the dual. Admission, as always, is free.

    Here are the probable lineups for both squads, as submitted by the respective coaching staffs.

    #14 Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
    125: Erik Spjut (13-4)
    133: #7 Devin Carter (10-1)
    141: Zach Neibert (0-2)
    149: Nick Murray (16-5)
    157: Cameron Hurd (8-3)
    165: #14 Pete Yates (8-0)
    174: Chris Moon (4-3)
    184: John Dickson (6-4)
    197: #16 Nick Vetterlein (10-1)
    285: Chris Penny (1-0)

    Appalachian State (2-0)

    125: Tony Gravely (7-4)
    133: Chris Johnson (5-5) OR Brett Boston (4-6)
    141: Mike Kessler (12-3)
    149: Savva Kostis (11-5)
    157: Chip Powell (9-5) OR John Blakely (6-6)
    165: #20 Kyle Blevins (11-1)
    174: Carter Downs (3-4) OR Jake Johnson (5-4)
    184: #11 Austin Trotman (8-0) OR Jon Hartley (4-5)
    197: Paul Weiss (5-4)
    285: Brock Durfee (3-5) OR Joe Cummings (4-4)

    In addition, numerous wrestlers will be heading to Penn State on Sunday for the Nittany Lion Open and several others will be going to Saturday’s Davidson Open in North Carolina. Those wrestlers are listed below.

    Nittany Lion Open (Sunday)
    125: Jarrod Garnett (unattached)
    125: Erik Spjut
    133: Devin Carter
    141: Chris Mears
    149: Cameron Hurd
    149: Nick Murray
    149: Lex Ozias (unattached)
    157: Matt Stephens (unattached)
    165: Pete Yates
    174: Austin Gabel (unattached)
    174: Chris Moon
    184: John Dickson
    184: Angelo Malvestuto
    197: Nick Vetterlein
    285: Bobby Lavelle (unattached)
    285: Chris Penny

    Davidson Open (Saturday)
    125: Matt Peters
    133: Jordan O'Donnell
    157: Chad Strube
    165: Issah Meade
    197: Darren Hankins
    197: Jake Semones (unattached)
    285: Dan Garwood

    For updates on Virginia Tech wrestling, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_Wrestling).

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