January 29, 2016
#10 Hokies dominate West Virginia, 32-3
Tech grapplers win nine of 10 bouts in top to bottom victory
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(10) Virginia Tech 32

BLACKSBURG – The tenth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team finished up its campaign at home with a 32-3 victory over West Virginia Friday night. The Hokies moved to 10-2 on the season and will hit the road, taking on UVA in Charlottesville on Sunday.

The dual started at the 125 pounds with a matchup between #4 Joey Dance and reigning national runner-up #13 Zeke Moisey. The two All-Americans battled it out in a high energy match, and Dance put the first points on the board for the Hokies with a 9-5 decision.

The dual continued with three major decisions from Dennis Gustafson, Solomon Chishko, and Nick Brascetta. Sal Mastriani came up big at 149 pounds with a 17-1 technical fall over Zachary Moore in 5:00 to bring the Hokies’ lead to 16-0 after four bouts. Decisions from David McFadden, Zach Epperly, Austin Gabel, and Dan Garwood propelled the Hokies on to victory.

Austin Gabel returned to the 184 pound weight class to take on former Virginia Tech wrestler Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel. The former teammates kept it close for the seven minutes of regulation, but Gabel earned a last-minute takedown and near fall points to come out on top, 5-1.

Tech also honored four senior student-athletes: Brandon Taylor (HWT), Dan Garwood (HWT), Austin Gabel (184 pounds), and Nick Brascetta (157 pounds) were honored during intermissions, along with three-year team athletic trainer Kailey Baker.

The team will take on the Cavaliers this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Dresser Sounds Off
“Really good team effort tonight for our guys. We definitely have something to build on! We have a quick turnaround so there’s a little time to celebrate but we need to be ready to be great on Sunday.”

Final: #10 Virginia Tech 32, West Virginia 3
125: No. 3 Joey Dance dec. No. 13 Zeke Moisey, 9-5
133: Dennis Gustafson maj. dec Cory Stainbrook, 9-1
141: No. 10 Solomon Chishko maj. dec Tony DeAngelo, 20-6
149: Sal Mastriani tech. Zachary Moore 17-1 5:00
157: No. 4 Nick Brascetta maj. dec. No. 16 Dylan Cottrell, 19-6
165: No. 11 David McFadden dec. Connor Flynn 9-2
174: No. 3 Zach Epperly dec. Ross Renzi 8-3
184: Austin Gabel dec. Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel 5-1
197: Jacob A. Smith (WVU) dec. Dylan Cook 8-2
HWT: Dan Garwood dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo 7-5

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