November 2, 2012
Tech set to open campaign Sunday in Salem
Hokie Open to take place at the Salem Civic Center

BLACKSBURG - The 12th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team will kick off the 2012-13 campaign this weekend at the Salem Civic Center, hosting the Hokie Open all day Sunday.

This will be the fifth Hokie Open at the Civic Center. Top teams and individuals from around the region will take to the mats in an early season tournament that begins at 9 a.m. Tickets for that event are $15 for adults, $5 for students and can be bought at For updated brackets throughout the day, go to the tournament web site at Live results, brackets and updates will also be available through the website.

Below are Tech’s probable entries for Sunday’s Hokie Open. A few Tech wrestlers still recovering from surgeries - like seventh-ranked Jesse Dong and 14th-ranked David Marone - are close to being 100 percent, but will not compete this weekend as a precaution.

Hokie Open

125: #6 Jarrod Garnett
125: Matt Peters
133: Michael Gowen
133: Jordan O'Donnell
133: Erik Spjut
141: Devin Carter (unattached)
141: #9 Zach Neibert
149: Nick Brascetta
149: Chad Strube (unattached)
157: David Bergida
157: Lex Ozias
157: Matt Stephens (unattached)
165: Issah Meade (unattached)
165: Chris Moon (unattached)
165: Brooks Morrison (unattached)
165: #5 Pete Yates
174: John Dickson (unattached)
174: Huston Evans
174: Austin Gabel
184: Sam Law (unattached)
184: Nick Vetterlein
197: Derrick Borlie
197: Darren Hankins
197: Bobby Lavelle
285: Dan Garwood
285: Chris Penny (unattached)
285: Ty Walz (unattached)

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