November 19, 2015
Hokies ink five newcomers
Coach Dresser announced the 2016 signing class on Thursday

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Hokies announced the signing of five grapplers to National Letters of Intent, as announced on Wednesday by head coach Kevin Dresser.

T.J. Allen, Jarrett Degen, Brent Moore, Kyle Norstrem and Joey Prata all signed with Tech over the course of the last week. The group of newcomers hail from four different states, with two coming from the commonwealth of Virginia.

T.J. Allen hails from Mechanicsville, Va., where he wrestles as a member of the Hanover High School team. Allen helped lead Hanover to the 2014 state championship and a runner-up finish in 2015. Allen finished runner-up at 182 pounds in 2014 before bringing home a first place finish and state championship at 195 pounds in 2015. T.J., the son of Troy and Lisa Allen, will wrestle at 174/184 pounds for the Hokies.

Jarrett Degen joins the Hokies from Belgrade, Mont., and wrestles at Belgrade High School. The son of Terry and Jane Degen, Jarrett is a three-time Montana high school state champion. Degen also brings two NHSCA championships to Virginia Tech, where he will wrestle at 141/149 pounds.

Brent Moore is a native of St. Paris, Ohio where he wrestles at Graham High School. A member of the honor roll, Moore has improved his finish in the state championships every year, finishing third as a freshman, second as a sophomore and winning the Ohio state championship as a junior. Finishing as the 2014 Flo National Champ, Moore added a runner-up finish at Super 32 in 2015. A two-time top-five finisher at Ironman, Moore is the son of Tony and Deanne Moore and will join the Hokies to wrestle at 141 pounds.

Kyle Norstrem joins the Hokies from Brandon High School in Brandon, Fla. The younger brother of current Hokie, Kevin Norstrem, Kyle brings a wealth of championship experience to his signing class. A four-time FHSAA state champion, Norstrem has two top-five appearances at Super 32 in 2013 and 2014. Between 2012-2014, he won five different national championships. Norstrem is a two-time member of the FILA Cadet GR World Team Member, as well as a 2013 FILA All-American. Kyle, who will wrestle at 125/133 at Virginia Tech, is the son of Timothy and Nancy Norstrem.

Joey Prata signs with Tech from Richmond, Va. where he wrestled at at St. Christopher’s School. As a team captain, Prata has helped lead wrestling camps in his area and helped with Houligan’s Rest. Prata is a two-time National Prep Champion and took first place at the 2013 Greco Nationals in Fargo. He also adds a fourth place finish at 2015 Freestyle Nationals, finished second at Beast of the East and seventh at Ironman. Joey is the son of Tony and Shannon Prata and intends to join the Hokies at 125 pounds.

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