January 12, 2013
    Tech advances to finals of Virginia Duals with win over Edinboro
    Victory sets up bout with Virginia Saturday night
    Hampton, Va.F
    (16) Edinboro10
    (10) Virginia Tech 23

    HAMPTON, Va. - The second-seeded Virginia Tech wrestling team rolled into the finals of the Virginia Duals with a 23-10 victory over 16th-ranked and third-seeded Edinboro Saturday afternoon in the semifinals, setting up Tech’s first championship appearance at the event.

    Fourth-ranked Jarrod Garnett got a takedown with less than 30 seconds left to break a 4-4 tie, and then picked up a point for riding time to beat Kory Mines 7-4 at 125 pounds to kick things off. At 133 pounds, Erik Spjut scored the only offensive points of the match with a takedown in the first period, but fourth-ranked A.J. Schopp got three escapes, including the only one in the tiebreaker, to win 3-2. Edinboro won its second match in a row when fifth-ranked Mitchell Port picked up a 15-5 major decision over Tech’s Zach Neibert at 141 pounds.

    Nick Brascetta, ranked sixth in the country at 149 pounds, had to work extra time to pick up a hard-fought 2-1 win over 19th-ranked Dave Habat. In the tiebreaker, Brascetta rode Habat for 30 seconds and then escaped in his half with 5 seconds left to win. At 157 pounds, sixth-ranked Jesse Dong came up one point short of a bonus point, but still earned a 7-0 win over Michael DePalma to give the Hokies the lead. The win was the 99th of his career in a Tech singlet.

    Pete Yates got bonus points for the Hokies at 165 pounds, picking up a 14-3 major decision over Johnny Greisheimer to give Tech a six-point lead. Austin Gabel was impressive at 174 pounds, using three takedowns to beat Patrick Jennings 9-2 to stretch Tech’s lead to nine points. Nick Vetterlein had his way with Vince Pickett, using several takedowns to pull out an 11-5 win at 184 pounds.

    Derrick Borlie dominated Warren Bosch, an opponent he was pinned by earlier this season, taking him down five times en route to a 12-3 major decision at 197 pounds to wrap up the team match. Seventeenth-ranked Ernest James downed Ernest James at heavyweight, 3-2, to end the match.

    Tech (8-2) will now wrestle an old foe in the finals of the Duals as the Hokies will face fourth-seeded and 19th-ranked Virginia at 8:15 p.m. Tech beat Virginia 25-6 earlier this year in Blacksburg. No Virginia team has ever won the Virginia Duals, but that will change tonight.

    #10 Virginia Tech (8-2) 23, #16 Edinboro (6-2) 10
    125: #4 Jarrod Garnett (VT) dec. Kory Mines, 7-4
    133: #4 A.J. Schopp (E) dec. Erik Spjut, 3-2 (TB-1)
    141: #5 Mitchell Port (E) maj. dec. #13 Zach Neibert, 15-5
    149: #6 Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. #19 Dave Habat, 2-1 (TB-1)
    157: #6 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. Michael DePalma, 7-0
    165: #5 Pete Yates (VT) maj. dec. Johnny Greisheimer, 14-3
    174: Austin Gabel (VT) dec. Patrick Jennings, 9-2
    184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec. Vince Pickett, 11-5
    197: Derrick Borlie (VT) maj. dec. Warren Bosch, 12-3
    285: #17 Ernest James (E) dec. Dan Garwood, 3-2

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

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