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Virginia Tech to host first-ever Mat on the Mound


BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech wrestling announces that for the first time in its history the Hokies will hold a meet outside on English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park. The Hokies welcome Northwestern Nov. 10 for the first Mat on the Mound at 1 p.m.

"As a program we are always looking for new ways to improve the experience for both our student-athletes and our fans," said Tech wrestling head coach Tony Robie. "Much like wrestling at the Moss Arts Center, I think that English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park offers a very unique opportunity for us to do something different and continue to be creative in how to showcase wrestling at Virginia Tech.

"I want to thank Coach John Szefc [Tech baseball head coach] for his willingness to work with us on this. I think that Atlantic Union Bank Park is the ideal outdoor venue for this type of event. We need the Hokie Nation to come out and pack the park on Nov. 10."

The wrestling mat will be placed in the infield between the pitching mound and the backstop. Admission will be free for the historic event.

This won't be the first time Hokies wrestling holds a match in a unique venue. The team has made a tradition of wrestling at Tech's Moss Arts Center once a year since 2015. This season's Moss match is on Feb. 8 vs. Duke.

In the case of inclement weather, changes to the time or location will be communicated if necessary.

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