December 25, 2012
    Hokies head to Midlands and Wilkes Open
    Team splits up for final action of 2012

    BLACKSBURG - Members of the Virginia Tech wrestling team will be back in action this weekend as the squad will send wrestlers to the Midlands Championships in Illinois and the Wilkes Open in Pennsylvania. Twelve Hokies are scheduled to compete in the 50th Annual Midlands Championships on Dec. 29 & 30 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., on the campus of Northwestern University while the rest of the squad will head to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for the 80th Wilkes Open on Dec. 28, hosted by Wilkes University.

    The Midlands is one of the top tournaments of the year and will give the Tech starters a chance to pick up some quality wins that will help them come postseason. Ticket information, 2012 results as well as past results and other information can be found on Northwestern’s athletic website.

    Last year, five Hokies placed at the tough event, including then-133 pounder Devin Carter who won a title at his weight class. With the strong performance, the Hokies finished in fourth place with 76.5 points.

    Following the tournaments, the team will jump back into dual meet action, hosting Duke on Jan. 6 at Cassell Coliseum before heading to the Virginia Duals the following weekend.

    Below are the probable participants for both tournaments as submitted by the coaching staff. These could change based on injuries and other factors leading up to the events.

    Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)
    125: Jarrod Garnett
    141: Devin Carter (unattached)
    141: Zach Neibert
    149: Nick Brascetta
    157: Jesse Dong
    165: Pete Yates
    174: Chris Moon (unattached)
    174: Austin Gabel
    184: Nick Vetterlein
    197: Derrick Borlie
    285: David Marone
    285: Chris Penny (unattached)

    Wilkes Open (Dec. 28)
    133: Tanner Conkwright
    133: Michael Gowen
    149: Chad Strube (unattached)
    157: David Bergida
    157: Sal Mastriani (unattached)
    157: Matt Stephens (unattached)
    174: John Dickson (unattached)
    174: Huston Evans
    184: Sam Law (unattached)
    197: Darren Hankins
    197: Bobby Lavelle (unattached)
    285: Dan Garwood
    285: Ty Walz (unattached)

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

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