HAMPTON, Va. - The Virginia Tech wrestling squad captured the 2013 Virginia Duals with a 21-9 victory over in-state rival Virginia Saturday night inside the Hampton Coliseum. The victory moved Tech, ranked 10th in the country, to 9-2 on the season.
Things kicked off at 125 pounds with fourth-ranked Jarrod Garnett taking on sixth-ranked Matt Snyder. Snyder got a quick takedown, but Garnett reversed him and picked up another reversal in the second period before icing the match with a takedown late to pick up the big 6-3 win.
At 133 pounds, Erik Spjut got a second-period takedown on 11th-ranked George DiCamillo, but was ridden for the whole third period, giving DiCamillo the 3-2 win. It was the second match of the day that Spjut got the lone offensive points against a top-11 opponent, but dropped a one-point decision.
At 141 pounds, 13th-ranked Zach Neibert had his way with Jimmy Nehls, using two takedowns and riding time to take a 6-1 win. Sixth-ranked Nick Brascetta used a reversal with 2 seconds left in the tiebreaker to pull the 3-2 shocker over 14th-ranked Derek Valenti at 149 pounds. The two were tied at 1 apiece after regulation and after a scoreless sudden victory, Valenti got the escape in his half of the tiebreaker. With things looking bleak, Brascetta dug deep into his bag of tricks after the restart at 11 seconds to pull out the reversal for the win.
At 157 pounds, sixth-ranked Jesse Dong became the eighth member of Virginia Tech’s 100-win club with a tough 9-5 win over Blaise Butler. A second-period takedown and a takedown late propelled him to the win. Fifth-ranked Pete Yates got a first-period takedown and didn’t allow No. 7 Nick Sulzer anywhere close to him as Yates picked up the 3-1 win.
Sixteenth-ranked Jon Fausey got the lone escape in the tiebreaker at 174 pounds to down Tech’s Austin Gabel 2-1 after both wrestlers tallied only escapes in regulation. The win by the Cavaliers cut the Tech lead to 15-6 at that point with just three matches left. Zach Nye picked up a 4-2 win over Nick Vetterlein at 184 pounds, using a third-period takedown and riding time to pick up the win.
Derrick Borlie picked up a pair of takedowns in the first period and twp more in the third period to down Stephen Doty, 10-4 at 197 pounds and lock up the team title for the Hokies.
David Marone used a reversal and two nearfall points to begin the second period, and then a takedown late in the third, as the sixth-year senior beat Pat Gillen 5-2 to wrap up a successful weekend for the Hokies.
The win marked the first time in the 33-year history of the Virginia Duals that a Virginia program had won the championship.
Tech (9-2) will be back in action next weekend, travelling to Chapel Hill for a match at North Carolina on Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a home home match on Sunday at 2 p.m. against NC State.
#10 Virginia Tech (9-2) 21, #19 Virginia (9-3) 9
125: #4 Jarrod Garnett (VT) dec. #6 Matt Snyder, 6-3
133: #11 George DiCamillo (VA) dec. Erik Spjut, 3-2
141: #13 Zach Neibert (VT) dec. Jimmy Nehls, 6-1
149: #6 Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. #14 Derek Valenti, 3-2 (TB-1)
157: #6 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. Blaise Butler, 9-5
165: #5 Pete Yates (VT) dec. #7 Nick Sulzer, 3-1
174: #16 Jon Fausey (VA) dec. Austin Gabel, 2-1 (TB-1)
184: Zach Nye (VA) dec. Nick Vetterlein, 4-2
197: Derrick Borlie (VT) dec. Stephen Doty, 10-5
285: David Marone (VT) dec. Pat Gillen, 7-2
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