No. 5 Hokies and No. 8 NC State to wrestle for ACC Dual Meet Championship on Saturday

BLACKSBURG - The fifth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team and the eight-ranked NC State Wolfpack with wrestle for the ACC Dual Meet Championship for the second-consecutive season on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies (15-1, 4-0 ACC) will also welcome No. 16 South Dakota State for Senior Day on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Both matches will be streamed live on WatchESPN via the ACC Digital Network with Bailey Angle and Hokie legend Devin Carter on the call.

After taking a week off, the Hokies will look to win their third-consecutive ACC Dual Meet Championship on Saturday. Tech and the Wolfpack both enter the weekend with 4-0 records in conference play. Last season, the Hokies went down to Raleigh and knocked off the Wolfpack, 19-14, to claim the dual meet title.

Hokies in the NCAA Rankings

  • Overall, senior Joey Dance has the best RPI in the nation as he enters the weekend with a 20-1 record.
  • Dance is ranked first at 125 pounds and senior Ty Walz is slotted second at heavyweight in the first NCAA RPI Rankings.
  • In the individual coaches rankings, eight of Tech’s 10 starters are ranked. Redshirt junior Jared Haught owns the highest on the team with a No. 3 ranking at 197.

Tech against ranked opponents

  • The Hokies are 5-1 against ranked teams this season with its lone blemish coming at then No. 5 Missouri on Nov. 20.
  • Tech defeated its lone ranked foe in conference this season, a 38-9 pummeling of No. 23 Pitt on Jan. 20.
  • A win over the No. 8 Wolfpack would give the Hokies a win over their highest-ranked opponent of the season. No. 10 Lehigh is the highest-ranked foe that Tech has beaten this season.

Last match at Cassell for the seniors

  • Sunday’s dual with South Dakota State will be the final regular season dual for five Hokie seniors.
  • All five seniors, Joey Dance, Ty Walz, Sal Mastriani, David Bergida and Mattheos Lozier, have picked up a dual win for the Hokies this season.

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