Brascetta, Garnett earn championships at Midlands

Evanston, Ill. -- Virginia Tech wrapped up competition Sunday night at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University after a very impressive showing, finishing in second place with 97.5 points, two points back of Illinois and 12.5 points clear of Oklahoma.

The Hokies went two-for-two in championship matches on the night as both Jarrod Garnett at 125-pounds and Nick Brascetta at 149-pounds earned the first Midlands titles of their careers.

After knocking-off No. 3 seed Cory Clark of Iowa, 10-6, with five quick points right the end of the third period to advance, Garnett needed extra time to defeat No. 4 seed and No. 3-ranked Jesse Delgado of Illinois in the championship bout after the two were tied at 1-1 after the third period. Garnett won the match in sudden victory after getting the Illini wrestler into a cradle and forcing him onto his back to earn the 5-1 win. With the victories today, the redshirt senior moves into sole possession of sixth place in career wins at Tech with 107 and moves to 13-1 on the season.

Brascetta had an impressive meet as well, picking up a pair of major decisions in the early rounds before notching wins over three former All-Americans on his way to the 149-pound title. To reach the finals, the sophomore bested the No. 1 seed and former three-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up, Montell Marion who was wrestling unattached. Against the No. 2 seed and No.3-ranked Donnie Vinson of Binghamton, Bracsetta earned a takedown late in the first period and held on for the 3-1 victory. To cap off his tournament, the sophomore was named Art Kraft Champion of Champions which is voted on by the 10 champions. Brascetta is now 16-1 on the year.

Pete Yates took third at 165-pounds, while Devin Carter, who was competing unattached, finished fourth at 141-pounds and Jesse Dong was fifth at 157-pounds.


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