Virginia Tech closes out 2019 with 29-3 win over Chattanooga
BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech wrestling defeated Chattanooga 29-3 Saturday night in Cassell Coliseum. With the win, the Hokies claim their fourth dual victory of the season and close out the 2019 slate.B.C. LaPrade defeated Chattanooga's Tyler Shilson by an 11-2 major decision. LaPrade used three takedowns and a two-point near fall to claim bonus points for the Hokies.
The Hokies showed why they're ranked fifth in the country Saturday, winning nine of the night's 10 matches. Tech is now an undefeated 4-0 in duals this season with their next one coming up on Jan. 3 at No. 24 Central Michigan.
John Borst also picked up bonus points via major decision. Borst had six takedowns over Grayson Walthall to win 14-4.
Freshman Bryce Andonian made his dual meet debut Saturday night and took a 5-3 decision over Tanner Smith. Wrestling at 149 pounds, Andonian had a takedown in each of the first two periods and hung on for the victory.
Hunter Bolen remains undefeated in duals this season after claiming a 10-4 decision over Matthew Waddell. Bolen had four takedowns in the match and now holds a 4-0 dual meet record.
Stanley Smeltzer won his first dual match of the season by a 3-1 decision over Rodney Jones. Smeltzer claimed the thrilling victory by scoring a takedown with under a minute remaining in the third.
125: Fabian Gutierrez dec. #14 Joey Prata, 9-4
133: Collin Gerardi dec. Franco Valdes, 2-1
141: #18 Mitch Moore dec. Mason Wallace, 8-3
149: Bryce Andonian dec. Tanner Smith, 5-3
157: B.C. LaPrade MD Tyler Shilson, 11-2
165: #6 David McFadden dec. Drew Nicholson, 7-2
174: Cody Hughes dec. Hunter Fortner, 3-2
184: #3 Hunter Bolen dec. Matthew Waddell, 10-4
197: Stanley Smeltzer dec. Rodney Jones, 3-1
285: #16 John Borst MD Grayson Walthall, 14-4
The win over Chattanooga wrapped up the 2019 schedule for the Hokies. After the holidays, Tech will travel to Central Michigan for a dual with the No. 24 Chippewas on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. ET. The Hokies will then return to Cassell Coliseum on Jan. 11 for a 7 p.m. dual with West Virginia.
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