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Epperly to skip final season of eligibility

Virginia Tech's Zach Eppery rides NC State's Nick Reenan (Photo/HokieSports.com)

Zach Epperly of Virginia Tech will not be competing for the Hokies.

The two-time All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier will graduate from Virginia Tech next month and announced his decision to skip his final season of eligibility. He will serve on the coaching staff for the Cave Spring (Va.) High School wrestling team.

"I would like to thank Virginia Tech, the coaches and my teammates for some of the best memories of my life," said Epperly. "My time at Virginia Tech has been nothing short of incredible both on and off the mat. I can't thank the fans enough for all that they have done for myself and Virginia Tech wrestling. I will be graduating in May with a degree in real estate and I'm looking forward to starting my career as a realtor in July. I'm excited about the next chapter in my life and whatever path that God has ahead of me. Thank you, Hokie Nation, for everything. Go Hokies!"

Tony Robie, who was named head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech after Kevin Dresser left for Iowa State this past season, added the following: "We respect Zach's decision to move on with his life after graduating in May. Zach's contributions to the program over the last three years have been significant and they speak for themselves. He will always be a Hokie and we wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors."

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