January 25, 2012
Hokies set to take on two ranked foes this weekend
Tech to honor seniors Sunday vs. ODU

BLACKSBURG - The 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team will have its hands full this weekend as it takes on a pair of ranked opponents in No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 25 Old Dominion. The Hokies will head west to take on the Sooners Friday night at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and return home to take on the Monarchs Sunday at 6 p.m.

Friday night’s event will be a unique one as the Hokies will be part of the OU Athletics Department’s fifth annual Beauty and the Beast Night at the Lloyd Noble Center. Featuring the OU wrestling and women’s gymnastics teams competing side-by-side, the Beauty and the Beast event gives fans of each sport the unique opportunity to see what the other is all about. It has become a popular event around the country. While the wrestling meet is going on, the No. 4 OU women’s gymnastics team takes on North Carolina State.

Live stats for the match can be found here while a live broadcast can be watched here on Sooners All-Access, which requires a subscription even if you are already a scubscriber to Hokies All-Access.

On Sunday, the Hokies and Monarchs will renew their heated rivalry, this time in Blacksburg. Tech has won the last two against ODU, beating the Monarchs in 2010 in Salem and last year in Norfolk.

Before the match, Tech will hold a senior ceremony to recognize Nick Murray and David Marone. Murray is a redshirt senior finishing up his career while Marone’s career is still up in the air. He has redshirted, but was injured this year and will apply for a sixth year of eligibility. There’s a chance Marone could return next year, but both will be honored Sunday for their contributions to Tech wrestling.

Live stats for the ODU match can be found here and the match can be viewed on Hokies All-Access.

Below are the probable lineups for all three squads, as submitted by the respective coaching staffs.

#23 Virginia Tech (6-3)
125: Ty Mitch (6-3) OR Erik Spjut (24-8)
133: #1 Devin Carter (25-1)
141: #19 Zach Neibert (15-6)
149: Nick Brascetta (2-2)
157: Cameron Hurd (11-8)
165: #7 Pete Yates (17-4) OR Matt Stephens (4-6)
174: Chris Moon (14-10)
184: John Dickson (14-13)
197: Nick Vetterlein (22-7)
285: Chris Penny (9-5)

#10 Oklahoma (10-2)
125: #7 Jarrod Patterson (19-3)
133: #11 Jordan Keller (18-3)
141: #3 Kendric Maple (20-1)
149: #9 Nick Lester (16-6) OR Justin DeAngelis (12-8)
157: #15 Matt Lester (14-7)
165: Bubby Graham (13-9)
174: Nolan McBryde (4-11) OR Marcus Armato (5-10)
184: #20 Erich Schmidtke (14-8)
197: Keldrick Hall (16-6)
285: Kyle Colling (13-7)

#25 Old Dominon (10-7)
125: Jerome Robinson (8-5) OR Rob Deutsch (19-8)
133: Scott Festejo (15-10) OR Eric Dunnet (2-6) OR Brandon Choate (7-11)
141: Justin LaValle (22-11) OR Jacob Kingett (6-12)
149: Brennan Brumley (10-13) OR Chris Mecate (17-12)
157: John Nicholson (19-5) OR Pete Baldwin (15-8)
165: Tristan Warner (22-10) OR Brett Miller (11-8)
174: #17 Te Edwards (15-3)
184: Billy Curling (16-14) OR Austin Coburn (11-9)
197: Joe Budi (16-9)
285: Matt Tourdot (16-10) OR Grant Chapman (4-5)

Additionally, several Tech athletes will be competing in Saturday’s Appalachian State Open in Boone, N.C.

125: Ty Mitch
125: Matt Peters
133: Jarrod Garnett (unattached)
133: Jordan O'Donnell
133: Tom Reynolds
149: Chris Mears
149: Nick Murray (unattached)
149: Lex Ozias (unattached)
157: Chad Strube (unattached)
165: Issah Meade (unattached)
197: Darren Hankins
285: Dan Garwood (unattached)
285: Bobby Lavelle (unattached)

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