B.C. LaPrade topped Jarrett Jacques in overtime (Photo/Virginia Tech Athletics)
BLACKSBURG -- No. 16 Virginia Tech wrestling opened the 2019-20 season with a convincing 29-10 victory over ninth-ranked Missouri as the Hokies won the final four matches to earn the win on Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum. Mitch Moore capped off the thrilling victory with a fall in 26 seconds that ended the match and give Tech its first win ever over the Tigers.
B.C. LaPrade tied the team score at 3-3 with a 3-1 sudden victory over Jarrett Jacques in a top 20 showdown at 157 pounds. LaPrade battled out of a possible takedown in the third period (ruled out-of-bounds), then earned the win with his own takedown with seven seconds left in the first overtime period.
At 165, David McFadden put Tech up in the team scoring 7-3 with a major decision over Peyton Mocco. It was McFadden's 87th win as a Hokie and the 19th by major decision.
In another top 15 match at 184, Hunter Bolen returned to the mat after a redshirt season and defeated Dylan Wisman. Bolen used two takedowns in the first and a reversal in the third to take a four-point lead with almost two minutes of riding time. However, Wisman tied it up at 9-9 before the final horn, but Bolen won with 1:22 of riding time to put Tech back up 10-7.
John Borst earned a bonus point for Tech with a major decision over Rodrigo Diaz at 285. Leading 5-2 in the third, Borst used two takedowns, a stall point and riding time to get the major decision.
At 125, Joey Prata gave Tech a 17-10 lead with a 2-0 victory over Dack Punke. Prata escaped from Punke in the second and rode him the entire third round to get the win.
Mitch Moore pinned Alex Butler, but it was not his fastest fall in his Tech career - 19 seconds against Princeton's Josh Breeding.
149: Brock Mauller (MU) dec. Brent Moore (VT), 6-0
157: B.C. LaPrade (VT) dec. Jarrett Jacques (MU), 3-1 (SV-1)
165: David McFadden (VT) major dec. Peyton Mocco (MU), 15-4
174: Connor Flynn (MU) major dec. Cody Hughes (VT), 12-1
184: Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. Dylan Wisman (MU), 10-9
197: Wyatt Koelling (MU) dec. Stanley Smeltzer (VT), 8-1
285: John Borst (VT) major dec. Rodrigo Diaz (MU), 11-3
125: Joey Prata (VT) dec. Dack Punke (MU), 2-0
133: Collin Gerardi (VT) forfeit
141: Mitch Moore (VT) fall Alex Butler (MU), :26
The Hokies will take part in the Southeast Open Sunday in Roanoke before getting back to dual action next Sunday against Northwestern. The Nov. 10 "Mat on the Mound" is set to take place at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park at 1 p.m.