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Virginia Tech cruises to 24-9 win over West Virginia

BLACKSBURG -- Five straight wins from 165 pounds through heavyweight kicked off the match between and it helped carry No. 14 Virginia Tech to a 24-9 win over West Virginia on Wednesday evening in Morgantown, W.Va.

Bonus point wins, all by major decision, came from redshirt freshman Mekhi Lewis at 165 pounds, redshirt senior Zack Zavatsky at 184 and redshirt sophomore B.C. LaPrade at 157. Lewis and Zavatsky have each registered bonus points in their last three starts in duals.

MATCH NOTES

The Hokies clinched the riding time point in eight of the 10 bouts.
For the second straight dual, the coaches agreed to draw and this time the match started 165 pounds. It worked out in the Hokies favor as Lewis got things started with a 15-2 major over Nick Kiussis.

Redshirt junior David McFadden followed with a workmanlike 8-2 decision before Zavatsky's major, redshirt senior Tom Sleigh's 3-1 decision at 197 and redshirt senior Billy Miller's 4-0 decision at heavyweight.

After a loss at 125, redshirt sophomore Kyle Norstrem was in a battle in his first career bout at 133 where he tied at 2-2 with a minute left. He used double-overs to throw KJ Fenstermacher for a two-point takedown and secured four near fall to take an 8-2 lead. With the riding time point, Norstrem claimed the 9-2 decision.

LaPrade carried momentum from his over Princeton's Quincy Monday as he dominated West Virginia's Zach Moore in a 14-2 major decision.

Next, the Hokies will have competitors at both the Franklin & Marshall Open on Jan. 5 and the prestigious Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga from Jan. 1-2.

Results:
165: Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) over Nick Kiussis (West Virginia) (MD 15-2)
174: David McFadden (Virginia Tech) over Josh Ramirez (West Virginia) (Dec 8-2)
184: Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) over Hunter DeLong (West Virginia) (MD 15-6)
197: Tom Sleigh (Virginia Tech) over Noah Adams (West Virginia) (Dec 3-1)
285: Billy Miller (Virginia Tech) over Brandon Ngati (West Virginia) (Dec 4-0)
125: Joey Thomas (West Virginia) over Joey Prata (Virginia Tech) (SV-1 4-2)
133: Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech) over KJ Fenstermacher (West Virginia) (Dec 9-2)
141: Lukas Martin (West Virginia) over Dom Latona (Virginia Tech) (Dec 8-7)
149: Christian Monserrat (West Virginia) over Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) (Dec 4-1)
157: BC LaPrade (Virginia Tech) over Zach Moore (West Virginia) (MD 14-2)

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