Virginia Tech takes down Northwestern at Mat on the Mound

BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech wrestling improved to 2-0 in duals this season after a 21-18 win over No. 21 Northwestern at the first ever Mat on the Mound. John Borst won a major decision in the last match of the day to secure the win for the 11th-ranked Hokies at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.

  • Joey Prata got the Hokies off on the right foot with a 2-0 decision over Mike DeAugustino in the first match. Prata had an escape in the second period and held on to riding time to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
  • No. 17 Mitch Moore pinned his second opponent in as many duals. The sophomore got the fall over Jack Tolin in 2:13.
  • Redshirt senior David McFadden had another major decision. McFadden, ranked fourth in the country, defeated Northwestern's Shayne Oster 18-6 to give the Hokies crucial bonus points.
  • Christiansburg native and 10th-ranked Hunter Bolen improved to 2-0 on the year with a major decision. Bolen had four takedowns and a two near fall to beat Jack Jessen 15-3.
  • With Tech down 18-17, John Borst got his second major decision of the year 9-0 over Jack Heyob to secure the 21-18 win for the Hokies. Borst had three takedowns and almost three minutes of riding time.

    125: Joey Prata dec. Mike DeAugustino, 2-0
    133: No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (125) MD No. 15 Collin Gerardi, 13-4
    141: No. 17 Mitch Moore WBF Jack Tolin, 2:13
    149: Yahya Thomas MD Brent Moore, 12-2
    157: No. 3 Ryan Deakin MD No. 18 BC LaPrade, 12-3
    165: No. 4 David McFadden MD Shayne Oster, 18-6
    174: Tyler Morland dec. Cody Hughes, 6-1
    184: No. 10 Hunter Bolen MD Jack Jessen, 14-3
    197: Lucas Davison dec. Stanley Smeltzer, 5-3
    285: John Borst MD Jack Heyob, 9-0

    Virginia Tech will travel to No. 3 Ohio State for their first road dual of the season next week. The Hokies' third top-25 matchup will be at 12 p.m. ET on Nov. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
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