No. 9 Hokies handle Chattanooga, 28-7

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Two bonus point victories fro No. 9 Virginia Tech’s lowerweights helped propel the Hokies to a convincing 28-7 road win over Chattanooga on Friday evening.

The Hokies only dropped two matches in the dual and improve to 8-8 all-time vs. the Mocs.

Tech set the tone right away with a major decision from redshirt freshman Kyle Norstrem at 125 pounds and a tech fall from redshirt senior Dennis Gustafson. Redshirt junior Zack Zavatsky, ranked seventh in the nation by Intermat at 184 pounds, topped No. 12 Bryce Carr in the lone ranked bout of the evening in sudden victory overtime, 3-1.

Chattanooga’s Alonzo Allen only trailed 10-6 in the third period of the 125-pound bout but Norstrem used an escape, a takedown and four near fall points to push the score into bonus point territory. Gustafson made quick work of Wade Cummings as he picked up the tech fall in 4:38 to give the Hokies a 9-0 lead in the dual.

After a defeat at 141, No. 7 Solomon Chishko’s decision at 149 set the stage for B.C. LaPrade’s 17-4 major decision at 157 pounds, putting Tech in the driver’s seat at 16-3. The win marked LaPrade’s first dual meet victory of his career.

The match of the night came at 184 where Zavatsky and Carr were knotted up at 1-1 at the end of regulation. Zavatsky, who was on the offensive from the start, fended off a shot from Carr and grabbed a single leg to convert a takedown and clinch the 3-1 victory. No. 2 Jared Haught grinded out a 10-8decision at 197 before a workman like 5-2 decision from Andrew Dunn closed out the match.

The Hokies return to action on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Cassell Coliseum when they take on No. 17 Central Michigan at 3 p.m. A limited number of tickets remain for Tech’s dual with No. 5 Missouri next weekend at the Moss Arts Center. Tickets can be bought by clicking on the ticket link at the top of the page.

No. 9 Virginia Tech 28, Chattanooga 7
125 : Kyle Norstrem MD Alonzo Allen, 17-6
133: #18 Dennis Gustafson dec. TF Wade Cummings, 17-1 (4:38)
141: Michael Pongracz dec. Brent Moore, 10-2
149: #7 Solomon Chishko dec. Roman Boylen, 3-1
157: B.C. LaPrade MD Dylan Forzani, 17-4
165: #5 David McFadden dec. Chad Pyke, 9-4
174: Justin Lampe dec. Hunter Bolen, 6-4
184: #7 Zack Zavatsky dec. #12 Bryce Carr, 3-1 (SV)
197: #2 Jared Haught dec. Scottie Boykin, 10-8
285: Andrew Dunn dec. Connor Tolley, 5-2

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