Virginia Tech upsets Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Virginia Tech wrestling defeats third-ranked Ohio State Sunday in Columbus. The upset victory is already the second of the season for No. 11 Tech, first over a top-3 opponent.Collin Gerardi kick started the Hokies, claiming a 7-1 decision over No. 14 Quinn Kinner. Gerardi, ranked 13th in the country, landed a reversal and a four-point near-fall to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
Joey Prata secured the win for the Hokies after a 5-2 decision over No. 20 Malik Heinselman to end the dual. Sunday was the second straight win for the Hokies when the dual came down to the last match.
After Ohio State took a 4-3 lead, Brent Moore seized momentum back for the Hokies, pinning eighth-ranked Sammy Sasso in just 1:16. It was Moore's fastest fall of his career and gave Tech a 9-4 lead.
No. 14 B.C. LaPrade then increased the Hokies' lead to eight points after defeating Elijah Cleary 3-1. LaPrade scored a takedown in the third period to take the lead and rode out the decision.
Cody Hughes picked up his first win of the season with a 6-3 decision over Rocky Jordan. Hughes' three points gave Tech a 15-7 lead.
Hunter Bolen beat Zach Steiner 8-1 to extend Tech's lead to 11 and stay undefeated on the year. Bolen is ranked 11th in the country by Intermat and showed why with a flurry of takedowns to claim the decision.
After a couple of Ohio State wins, Tech held on to an 18-15 lead going into the final match of the day. Joey Prata stepped up and defeated No. 20 Malik Heinselman 5-2 to secure the six-point victory for the Hokies. Prata is now 3-0 on the year.
133: #13 Collin Gerardi dec. #14 Quinn Kinner, 7-1
141: #1 Luke Pletcher MD #18 Mitch Moore, 13-5
149: Brent Moore WBF #8 Sammy Sasso, 1:16
157: #14 B.C. LaPrade dec. Elijah Cleary, 3-1
165: #14 Ethan Smith dec. #4 David McFadden, 5-4
174: Cody Hughes dec. Rocky Jordan, 6-3
184: #11 Hunter Bolen dec. Zach Steiner, 8-1
197: #1 Kollin Moore TF Stanley Smeltzer, 24-9
285: #11 Chase Singletary dec. John Borst, 4-2
125: Joey Prata dec. #20 Malik Heinselman, 5-2
No. 11 Virginia Tech has a break in their dual schedule. Their next dual is back home at Cassell Coliseum against Chattanooga on Dec. 21. In the meantime, Tech will travel to two tournaments starting this Saturday at the Navy Classic in Annapolis. The Hokies will then compete at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas Dec. 6-7.
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