March 2, 2014
    Two Hokies take titles at National Collegiate Open
    Epperly wins sixth open tournament of redshirt season

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. - Seven Virginia Tech wrestlers wrapped up their 2013-14 season by competing in the National Collegiate Open, held Sunday at Deep Run High School, with five placing at their respective weight classes with Zach Epperly (174) and David Reck (197) both winning titles.

    Epperly capped off an impressive redshirt campaign as he won his sixth open tournament of the season, going 4-0 to win the National Collegiate Open. He also won the Hokie Open, the Wolfpack Open, the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial, the Appalachian State Open and the Edinboro Open, finishing his season with a 25-2 record. His only two losses came at the Midlands Championships, where he placed fifth.

    Also placing were: Dan Garwood (second at heavyweight), Jared Haught (second at 197 pounds) and Kevin Norstrem (third at 133 pounds),

    The varsity squad will host the 2014 ACC Wrestling Championship on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. inside Cassell Coliseum. Tickets are already available and are $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door.

    Below are all the results from the Tech wrestlers who competed:

    133: Kevin Norstrem (unattached; 5-1, THIRD PLACE)
    First Round: def. Marshall Brown (NC State), TF 21-3
    Quarterfinals: lost to Scott DelVecchio (Rutgers), 4-2
    Consolations: def. Jacob Bonds (Ferrum), TF 17-2
    Consolations: def. Matt Williams (North Carolina), TF 15-0
    Consolations: def. Jalen Ramos (Rutgers), MD 19-5
    Third-Place Match: def. Jed Mellen (Utah Valley, MD 12-2

    141: Nick Anderson (4-2)
    First Round: def. Jake Velarde (Old Dominion), 6-1
    Second Round: lost to Colt Cotton (Bloomsburg), Fall 6:05
    Consolations: def. Dean Heil (Oklahoma State), 6-3
    Consolations: def. Zachary Isenhour (George Mason), 6-0
    Consolations: def. Logan Smith (Ferrum), MD 14-5
    Consolations: lost to Jameson Oster (Northwestern), 7-1

    165: David Bergida (unattached; 0-1)
    First Round: lost to Greg Bacci (Virginia), MD 13-4
    Forfeited out

    174: Zach Epperly (unattached; 4-0, CHAMPION)
    First Round: def. Jerald Spohn (Kent State), TF 18-1
    Quarterfinals: def. Nick Kee (Appalachian State), 6-5
    Semifinals: def. Hunter Gamble (Gardner-Webb), 10-4
    Championship: def. Samson Imonode (Army), 4-3

    184: Jared Haught (unattached; 3-0, SECOND PLACE)
    First Round: def. Jacob Hart (Edinboro), 2-1
    Quarterfinals: def. Collin Johnson (Appalachian State), 5-0
    Semifinals: def. Addison Knepshield (Virginia), 2-1
    Championship: Forfeited

    197: David Reck (unattached; 4-0, CHAMPION)
    First Round: def. Urayoan Garcia (VMI), 3-2
    Quarterfinals: def. Alen Turchinhodzic (Pittsburgh), 3-2
    Semifinals: def. Brandon Litten (Drexel), MD 9-1
    Championship: won by forfeit

    285: Dan Garwood (unattached; 3-1, SECOND PLACE)
    First Round: def. Anthoney Verhovec (West Liberty), Fall 4:21
    Quarterfinals: def. Cole Lampman (Princeton), 8-3
    Semifinals: def. Mike Kosoy (NC State), 2-1 (TB-2)
    Championship: lost to Newton Smerchek (Central Michigan), 3-1 (SV)

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