No. 10 Hokies travel to Edinboro and Pitt this weekend

BLACKSBURG - No. 10 Virginia Tech hits the road again this weekend to take on Edinboro at 7 p.m. on Friday and Pitt at 2 p.m. in its ACC opener on Sunday. Fans will be able to stream both duals as FloWrestling will have Friday’s coverage and ACC Network EXTRA will broadcast Sunday’s match.

The Hokies (8-2) are coming off of a second place finish at the 38th Annual Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia last weekend. It was Tech’s fifth top two finish at the tournament over the past six years. Redshirt junior Zack Zavatsky picked up four bonus point wins and redshirt sophomore David McFadden went 4-0 with a major decision over No. 15 Anthony Valencia of Arizona State at the Duals.

After the 21-15 loss to Arizona State in the finals, the Hokies and Sun Devils flipped spots in the NWCA Coaches Poll with Tech checking in this week at No. 10.

Sunday marks the ACC opener for both Pitt and Virginia Tech. The Hokies suffered their last conference defeat to the Panthers on Feb. 7, 2014. Since that 19-14 loss at Pitt, Tech has rattled off 15 consecutive ACC dual meet wins over the past three seasons.

INSIDE THE MATCH

  • The Hokies defeated both the Panthers and Fighting Scots last season at Cassell Coliseum.
  • Against Edinboro wrestlers this season at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, the Hokies are a combined 1-2 with its only win being a 3-1 decision for Brent Moore in TB-2 over Nate Hagan at 141.
  • Korbin Myers has defeated Dennis Gustafson at 133 by a 7-6 decision this season and B.C. LaPrade dropped a 3-2 decision to Andrew Shomers at 157.
  • On Sunday, Gustafson looks to get over the hump against Pitt’s Dom Forys. Forys is 3-0 against Gustafson, including an 8-4 decision in last year’s 133 semifinal at the ACC Championship.

RANKED BOUTS: EDINBORO

  • 133: No. 18 Korbin Myers vs. No. 14 Dennis Gustafson - Myers is 1-0 all-time against Gustafson.

RANKED BOUTS: PITT

  • 133: No. 11 Dom Forys vs. No. 14 Dennis Gustafson - Forys is 3-0 all-time vs. Gustafson.
  • 285: No. 16 Ryan Solomon vs. No. 18 Andrew Dunn - Sunday will mark the first meeting between the two ranked heavyweights.

VIRIGNINA TECH PROJECTED LINEUP
125: Kyle Norstrem (10-10)
133: #14 Dennis Gustafson (17-5)
141: Brent Moore (13-8) or Caden Darber (0-0)
149: #12 Solomon Chishko (5-2) or Ryan Blees (15-5)
157: B.C. LaPrade (10-8)
165: #4 David McFadden (22-0)
174: Cody Hughes (14-9) or Hunter Bolen (11-9)
184: #8 Zack Zavatsky (20-4)
197: #2 Jared Haught (17-2)
285: #18 Andrew Dunn (19-5)

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