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    Ten Years of: Virginia Tech Wrestling (2013-22)

    2019 NCAA Champion Mekhi Lewis (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Virginia Tech!

    NCAA Qualifiers (85)

    2022


    #24 Sam Latona (125 lbs), #4 Korbin Myers (133 lbs), #28 Collin Gerardi (141 lbs), #11 Bryce Andonian (149 lbs), #28 Connor Brady (157 lbs), #2 Mekhi Lewis (174 lbs), #15 Hunter Bolen (184 lbs), #10 Nathan Traxler (285 lbs)


    2021

    #2 Sam Latona (125 lbs), #3 Korbin Myers (133 lbs), #6 Bryce Andonian (149 lbs), #27 Connor Brady (157 lbs), #4 Mekhi Lewis (165 lbs), #27 Dakota Howard (174 lbs), #5 Hunter Bolen (184 lbs), #18 Hunter Catka (285 lbs)


    2020

    #18 Joey Prata (125 lbs), #28 Collin Gerardi (133 lbs), #18 Mitch Moore (141 lbs), #20 Bryce Andonian (149 lbs), #28 BC LaPrade (157 lbs), #7 David McFadden (165 lbs), #31 Cody Hughes (174 lbs), #2 Hunter Bolen (197 lbs), #18 John Borst (285 lbs)


    2019

    #14 Korbin Myers (133 lbs), #24 Mitch Moore (141 lbs), #26 Ryan Blees (149 lbs), #17 BC LaPrade (157 lbs), #8 Mekhi Lewis (165 lbs), #6 David McFadden (174 lbs), #3 Zack Zavatsky (184 lbs), #10 Tom Sleigh (197), #22 Billy Miller (285 lbs)


    2018

    Kyle Norstrem (125 lbs), #9 Dennis Gustafson (133 lbs), Brent Moore (141 lbs), #12 Ryan Blees (157 lbs), #2 David McFadden (165 lbs), Hunter Bolen (174 lbs), #6 Zack Zavatsky (184 lbs), #3 Jared Haught (197 lbs), Andrew Dunn (285 lbs)


    2017

    #2 Joey Dance (125 lbs), #6 Solomon Chisko (149 lbs), #14 Sal Masrtiani (157 lbs), #4 Zach Epperly, #5 Zack Zavatsky (184 lbs), #4 Jared Haught (197 lbs), #3 Ty Walz (285 lbs)


    2016

    #2 Joey Dance (125 lbs), #7 Solomon Chishko (141 lbs), #8 Nick Brascetta (157 lbs), #14 David McFadden (165 lbs), #8 Zach Epperly (174 lbs), #5 Zack Zavatsky (184 lbs), #6 Jared Haught (197 lbs), #3 Ty Walz (285 lbs)


    2015

    #3 Joey Dance (125 lbs), Kevin Norstrem (133 lbs), #4 Devin Carter (141 lbs), #7 Sal Mastriani (149 lbs), Nick Brascetta (157 lbs), #7 Zach Epperly (174 lbs), Jared Haught (197 lbs), #10 Ty Walz (285 lbs)


    2014

    #16 Joey Dance (125 lbs), Dennis Gustafson (133 lbs), #4 Devin Carter (141 lbs), #10 Zach Neibert (149 lbs), Chris Moon (165 lbs), Austin Gabel (174 lbs), #16 Nick Vetterlein (184 lbs), #14 Chris Penny (197 lbs), Ty Walz (285 lbs)


    2013

    #5 Jarrod Garnett (125 lbs), Erik Spjut (133 lbs), Zach Neibert (141 lbs), #8 Nick Brascetta (149 lbs), #7 Jesse Dong (157 lbs), #3 Peter Yates (165 lbs), Austin Gabel (174 lbs), Nick Vetterlein (184 lbs), Derrick Borlie (197 lbs), David Marone (285 lbs)


    NCAA Champions

    Mekhi Lewis (2019 - 165 lbs)


    NCAA All-Americans

    2022: Korbin Myers (133 - 6th), Bryce Andonian (149 - 3rd), Mekhi Lewis (174 - 2nd)

    2021: Sam Latona (125 - 6th), Korbin Myers (133 - 4th), Hunter Bolen (184 - 7th)

    2019: Mekhi Lewis (165 - 1st), David McFadden (174 - 5th), Zack Zavatsky (184 - 8th)

    2018: David McFadden (165 - 5th), Zack Zavatsky (184 - 6th), Jared Haught (197 - 2nd)

    2017: Joey Dance (125 - 5th), Solomon Chishko (149 - 6th), Sal Mastriani (157 - 8th), Jared Haught (197 - 4th), Ty Walz (285 - 4th)

    2016: Solomon Chishko (141 - 6th), Nick Brascetta (157 - 3rd), David McFadden (165 - 6th), Zach Epperly (174 - 3rd), Jared Haught (197 - 6th), Ty Walz (285 - 4th)

    2015: Devin Carter (141 - 3rd), Nick Brascetta (157 - 4th), Zach Epperly (174 - 7th), Ty Walz (285 - 7th)

    2014: Joey Dance (125 - 4th), Devin Carter (141 - 2nd), Chris Penny (197 - 6th)

    2013: Jarrod Garnett (125 - 6th), Zach Neibert (141 - 8th), Nick Brascetta (149 - 8th), Peter Yates (165 - 4th)

    NWCA All-Americans

    David McFadden (165 - First Team)

    Hunter Bolen (184 - First Team)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Sam Latona (2022 - 125)

    Bryce Andonian (2021 - 149)

    Mekhi Lewis (2021 - 165)

    Tom Sleigh (2019 - 197)

    Zach Epperly (2017 - 174)

    Zack Zavatsky (2016 - 184)

    Joey Dance (2015 - 125)

    Sal Mastriani (2015 - 149)

    Zach Neibert (2014 - 149)

    Jesse Dong (2013 - 157)


    ACC Champions

    2022: Korbin Myers (133), Mekhi Lewis (174), Nathan Traxler (285)

    2021: Sam Latona (125), Korbin Myers (133)

    2020: Hunter Bolen (184)

    2019: Mekhi Lewis (165), David McFadden (174), Zack Zavatsky (184)

    2018: Dennis Gustafson (133), Brent Moore (141), David McFadden (165), Jared Haught (197)

    2017: Joey Dance (125), Solomon Chishko (149), Zach Epperly (174), Zack Zavatsky (184), Jared Haught (197), Ty Walz (285)

    2016: Joey Dance (125), Zack Zavatsky (184)

    2015: Joey Dance (125), Devin Carter (141), Nick Brascetta (157)

    2014: Dennis Gustafson (133), Devin Carter (141), Zach Neibert (149), Chris Penny (197)

    2013: Jarrod Garnett (125), Nick Brascetta (149), Jesse Dong (157), Peter Yates (165), David Marone (285)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 9-4

    2021: 9-0

    2019-20: 11-3

    2018-19: 9-5

    2017-18: 14-3

    2016-17: 18-1

    2015-16: 16-2

    2014-15: 14-2

    2013-14: 18-5

    2012-13: 16-3


    ACC Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 2nd

    2021: 2nd

    2019-20: 5th

    2018-19: 2nd

    2017-18: 1st

    2016-17: 1st

    2015-16: 2nd

    2014-15: 3rd

    2013-14: 1st

    2012-13: 1st


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 8th (52.5 points)

    2021: 15th (36.5 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 11th (50 points)

    2017-18: 8th (47.5 points)

    2016-17: 6th (63.5 points)

    2015-16: 4th (82 points)

    2014-15: 10th (54 points)

    2013-14: 8th (49 points)

    2012-13: 10th (43.5 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Tony Robie (2017 - Present)

    Kevin Dresser (2006 - 2017)


    Best Lineup (Comprised of Wrestlers between 2013-22)

    125 - Joey Dance: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#2 x2, #3, and #16 seeds), 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 5th), 3x ACC Champion

    133 - Korbin Myers: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#3, #4, and #14 seeds), 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 6th), 2x ACC Champion, 2x NCAA Qualifier for Edinboro

    141 - Devin Carter: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#4 x2, #6 and #9 seeds), 3x NCAA All-American (2nd, 3rd, 5th), 4x ACC Champion

    149 - Bryce Andonian: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#6, #11 and #20 seeds), 2022 NCAA All-American (3rd), 2021 NCAA Round of 12 Finisher, 3x ACC Runner-Up

    157 - Nick Brascetta: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#8 x2 seed), 3x NCAA All-American (3rd, 4th, 8th), 3x ACC Champion

    165 - Peter Yates: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#3 and #6 seeds), 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 5th), 2x ACC Champion

    174 - Mekhi Lewis: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#2, #4, and #8 seeds), 2019 NCAA Champion, 2x NCAA All-American (1,2), 2x ACC Champion

    184 - Zack Zavatsky: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#3, #5 x2, and #6 seeds), 2x NCAA All-American (6th, 8th), 3x ACC Champion

    197 - Jared Haught: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#3, #4 and #6 seeds), 3x NCAA All-American (2nd, 4th, 6th), 2x ACC Champion

    285 - Ty Walz: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#3 x2 and #10 seeds), 3x NCAA All-American (4th, 4th, 7th), 2017 ACC Champion


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #8 TJ Stewart (VA), #16 Caleb Henson (GA), #81 Tom Crook (FL), #204 Aiden Lacoma (VA)

    2021: #20 Cooper Flynn (TN), #44 Trey Kibe (PA)

    2020: #13 Hunter Catka (PA), #26 Sam Hillegas (PA), #32 Clayton Ulrey (PA), #48 Eddie Ventresca (NJ), #113 Sam Fisher (VA), #143 Koby Allred (VA)

    2019: #17 Connor Brady (OH), #22 Bryce Andonian (OH), #40 Sam Latona (AL)

    2018: #56 Mitch Moore (OH)

    2017: #19 Mekhi Lewis (NJ), #24 John Borst (VA), #50 Hunter Bolen (VA)

    2016: #47 Brent Moore (OH), #53 Kyle Norstrem (FL), #71 Jarrett Degen (MT)

    2015: #17 David McFadden (NJ), #54 Dayton Racer (IA), #62 Andrew Dunn (PA)

    2014: #10 Solomon Chishko (PA), #28 Zack Zavatsky (PA)

    2013: #6 Joey Dance (VA), #16 Kevin Norstrem (FL), #29 Zach Epperly (VA), #86 Dennis Gustafson (VA), #93 Jared Haught (WV)

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