Virginia Tech rolls to pair of wins on the mat

11/18/2012
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Sports Information

BLACKSBURG -- The 12th-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team rebounded from a tough loss Friday to beat No. 25 Wisconsin and Manchester Sunday inside Cassell Coliseum, winning 32-6 and 53-0.

The Hokies (2-1) got off to a strong start, rolling past No. 25 Wisconsin, 32-6, in their first match of the day. Jarrod Garnett and Jesse Dong both picked up technical falls while fourth-ranked Pete Yates got a first-period pin. Nick Vetterlein earned a major decision while Erik Spjut, Zach Neibert, Nick Brascetta and Austin Gabel all picked up victories. The big win of the day came at 141 pounds, where Neibert, ranked 11th in the country, scored a takedown late to beat fourth-ranked Tyler Graff, 4-3.

In the second match of the day, the Hokies wrestled several backups, but it didn't matter as they shut out Division III Manchester, 53-0. Matt Peters got things started with a technical fall and then Spjut picked up a pin. Neibert (tech fall) and Brascetta (fall) each picked up wins and then Lex Ozias earned a major decision. David Bergida and Huston Evans both picked up pins and then Sam Law won by technical fall to make it 43-0. Derrick Borlie picked up a major decision and then Dan Garwood ended things with a pin.

Tech will be back in action next Sunday, hosting in-state rival Virginia at noon inside Cassell Coliseum.

Campbell (1-3) 44, Manchester (0-2) 0
125: Eric Montoya (C) fall Taylor Hart, 5:56
133: Tanner Biedelspach (C) maj. dec. Caleb Jackson, 11-0
141: Gabe Garder (C) dec. Josh Juarez, 5-2
149: Mark Hartenstine (C) fall Bryce Roberts, 0:30
157: Brad Merriman (C) dec. Chuck Holmquest, 11-4
165: Paul Duggan (C) fall Aaron Bullock, 1:55
174: Cody Ryba (C) maj. dec. David Stevens, 10-0
184: Matt Cox (C) dec. Chad Ulmer, 4-0
197: John Merickel (C) fall Ray Wajada, 6:24
285: Joe Nolan (C) dec. Jimmie King, 2-1

#25 Wisconsin (2-1) 35, Campbell (1-4) 7
125: Eric Montoya (C) maj. dec. Matt Cavallaris, 15-2
133: Tom Kelliher (W) dec. Tanner Biedelspach, 3-0
141: #4 Tyler Graff (W) tech fall Jordan Tolbert, 22-7 (3:09)
149: Cole Schmitt (W) maj. dec. Mark Hartenstine, 9-1
157: Kalvin York (W) fall Brad Merriman, 3:42
165: Frank Cousins (W) dec. Paul Duggan, 10-4
174: Scott Liegel (W) maj. dec. Cody Ryba, 10-2
184: Taylor McGiffen (C) dec. Dylan Iczkowski, 5-2
197: Jackson Hein (W) maj. dec. John Merickel, 12-4
285: #12 Connor Medberry (W)fall Joe Nolan, 2:59

#12 Virginia Tech (1-1) 32, #25 Wisconsin (2-2) 6
125: #9 Jarrod Garnett (VT) tech fall Matt Cavallaris, 16-1 (5:31)
133: Erik Spjut (VT) dec. Tom Kelliher, 4-2
141: #11 Zach Neibert (VT) dec. #4 Tyler Graff, 4-3
149: #18 Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. Cole Schmitt, 6-1
157: #7 Jesse Dong (VT) tech fall Brad Nardick, 15-0 (6:26)
165: #4 Pete Yates (VT) fall Frank Cousins, 1:20
174: Austin Gabel (VT) dec. Scott Liegel, 3-2
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) maj. dec. Dylan Iczkowski, 12-4
197: Jackson Hein (W) dec. Bobby Lavelle, 5-3
285: #12 Connor Medberry (W) dec. #19 David Marone, 3-2

Exhibitions:
157: Lex Ozias (VT) dec. Alex Yde, 8-2
197: Timmy McCall (W) dec. Darren Hankins, 5-2

#12 Virginia Tech (2-1) 53, Manchester (0-3) 0
125: Matt Peters (VT) tech fall Taylor Hart, 16-0 (4:10)
133: Erik Spjut (VT) fall Kalib Jackson, 2:17
141: #11 Zach Neibert (VT) tech fall Josh Juarez, 18-3 (3:55)
149: #18 Nick Brascetta (VT) fall Bryce Roberts, :52
157: Lex Ozias (VT) maj. dec. Chuck Holmquest, 18-5
165: David Bergida (VT) fall Aaron Bullock, 3:59
174: Huston Evans (VT) fall David Stevens, 1:17
184: Sam Law (VT) tech fall Zach Kurtz, 16-0 (2:43)
197: Derrick Borlie (VT) maj. dec. Ray Wajada, 16-4
285: Dan Garwood (VT) fall Jimmie King, 2:24

Exhibition:
197/285: Darren Hankins (VT) maj. dec. Devin Reagan, 15-6

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