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December 6, 2011
Jesse Dong to miss rest of season
Senior eligible to apply medical hardship waiver and return next year if granted

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech senior wrestler Jesse Dong will undergo shoulder surgery later this month and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season, as announced Tuesday by head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser. The 157-pounder is a two-time ACC Champion and three-time NCAA qualifier who is currently 7-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country at his weight class.

Because Dong has not wrestled in more than 30 percent of this year’s season, he will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver at the conclusion of the season. The Westerville, Ohio, native has not redshirted, so provided the medical hardship waiver is granted, he will be eligible to return next year for a fifth season. He owns an 86-18 record overall, including a 52-6 mark in dual matches.

In his absence, either Cameron Hurd or Matt Stephens will take over for the Hokies.

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

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