January 23, 2014
    Hokies set for two matches in North Carolina
    Tech to take on Duke Friday in Charlotte, NCSU Sunday in Raleigh

    BLACKSBURG - The 17th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of ACC matches. On Friday night, the Hokies will take on Duke at 7:30 p.m. in Charlotte before taking on NC State Sunday at 2 p.m. in Raleigh.

    Friday’s match with the Blue Devils will take place on the campus of Charlotte Latin School in the Beck Student Activities Center. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased here. Duke is 4-7 overall after rallying to beat Appalachian State 25-18 Wednesday night. The Blue Devils are 0-2 in the ACC after falling to Virginia and Pitt and have no one ranked in the latest Amateur Wrestling News or InterMat polls.

    On Sunday, Tech will have a 2 p.m. match against the Wolfpack of NC State inside Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack is 10-3 overall, 0-1 in the ACC and face Campbell Friday night. Three NCSU wrestlers are ranked in the latest AWN poll: No. 20 Tommy Gantt at 157 pounds, No. 19 Pete Renda at 174 pounds and No. 7 Nick Gwiazdowski at heavyweight.

    Sunday’s match will be broadcast on on NC State’s web site for free.

    The Hokies are 13-2 overall, 2-1 in the ACC after sweeping North Carolina and Maryland last weekend at home.

    Fans can keep up with the action through TrackWrestling. Friday night’s link is here and Sunday’s link is here.

    Below are the probables for all three teams, as submitted by the respective coaching staffs.

    #16 Virginia Tech (13-2, 2-1 ACC)
    125: #17 Joey Dance (15-5)
    133: Dennis Gustafson (10-7)
    141: Erik Spjut (10-12)
    149: #19 Zach Neibert (12-6)
    157: Sal Mastriani (8-8)
    165: Chris Moon (13-3)
    174: John Dickson (7-9)
    184: #18 Nick Vetterlein (16-5)
    197: #16 Chris Penny (18-7)
    285: #18 Ty Walz (19-6)

    Duke (4-7, 0-2 ACC)
    125: OPEN
    133: Evan Botwin (2-8)
    141: Xaviel Ramos (5-13)
    149: Jake Faust (8-4)
    157: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (14-7)
    165: Marcus Cain (6-9)
    174: Trey Adamson (11-7)
    184: Dylan Ryan (0-5)
    197: #19 Conner Hartmann (11-6)
    285: OPEN

    NC State (10-3, 0-1 ACC)
    125: Micah Perez (16-10) or Brendan Calas (7-5)
    133: Chris Wilkes (12-8)
    141: Sam Speno (17-5)
    149: Brian Hamann (16-7) or Cohl Fulk (2-5)
    157: #20 Tommy Gantt (23-6)
    165: Max Rohskopf (2-1) or Dylan Ceravalo (4-3) or Nijel Jones (10-3)
    174: #19 Pete Renda (19-6)
    184: Michael Macchiavello (8-8) or Shayne Brady (12-7)
    197: KaRonne Jones (9-6)
    285: #7 Nick Gwiazdowski (27-2)

    The following wrestlers will compete on Sunday in the Appalachian Open at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.:

    133: Kevin Norstrem (unattached)
    141: Nick Anderson
    141: Jerry Ronnau
    149: Cameron Bowen
    149: Mattheos Lozier (unattached)
    157: Chad Strube
    165: Mason Mele (unattached)
    165: David Wesley (unattached)
    165: David Bergida (unattached)
    174: Zach Epperly (unattached)
    174: Brooks Morrison
    197: Jared Haught (unattached)
    197: Henry Mauk (unattached)
    285: Dan Garwood (unattached)
    285: Brandon Taylor

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