2021 NCAA qualifier Brian Courtney (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Duke: The Blue Devils will travel to the Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State. Other teams competing include: Arizona State, Air Force, App State, Indiana, Kent State and Gardner-Webb. The Brothers Finesilver look to bring home another pair of championships after both winning the Citadel Open last week.
UNC: No official competitions this weekend. The Tar Heels return to action next week with two big duals.
NC State: NC State will host the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh this weekend. Teams attending include: Campbell, King University, Seton Hill University, as well as unattached wrestlers from UNC, NC State, UVA and VT, among other schools.
Pittsburgh: The Panthers open dual action this weekend with two matches on the road. They will face Buffalo on Friday night and travel back to PA to face Edinboro on Saturday. The Friday night dual in New York will feature one ranked vs ranked match when #5 Micky Phillippi faces #21 Derek Spann. One other thing I am watching in this dual is if Hunter Kernan can keep the momentum rolling at 174 after bringing home the championship helmet from the Clarion Open last week. That momentum will be important on Saturday against Edinboro as Kernan will face #20 Jacob Oliver. Pitt should be able to handle both duals without many hiccups and I'm looking forward to seeing the full squad in action for the first time this year.
Virginia: The Hoos head north up 95 again this weekend, this time around the Beltway to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins. When Maryland was in the ACC, this used to be a heated dual every year and always fun to watch. This year the dual will feature a couple ranked vs ranked matchups and several wrestlers on the cusp of rankings. At 165 #19, Justin McCoy will take on #31 John Martin Best, who is coming off a runner-up finish at the Clarion Open. At 285, the Cavaliers will send #21 Quinn Miller to face Clarion Open champion #32 Zach Schrader. Two other matches I think could be really fun are at 133 with #16 Brian Courtney taking on the very scrappy King Sandoval and at 184, where Michael Battista will square up with Kyle Cochran.
Virginia Tech: No official competitions this weekend. The Hokies host two home matches next week.