Virginia Tech beats Central Michigan to kick off 2020
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Virginia Tech wrestling won their fifth dual of the season Friday night over No. 24 Central Michigan to remain undefeated.With the Hokies trailing 3-0, Collin Gerardi got Tech on the board with a 7-6 decision over Drew Marten. He was trailing 6-5 with under 40 seconds remaining, but Gerardi pulled off a reversal to take the match by one point. The win gives Gerardi a 4-1 record in duals this season.
With the win, the No. 5 Hokies improve to 4-0 over ranked opponents this season. Virginia Tech previously beat No. 9 Missouri, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 3 Ohio State.
Bryce Andonian took the mat in a dual for the second time in his career, and he picked up his second career dual win. Squaring off against Corbyn Munson, Andonian used a reversal and a four-point near-fall to take an 8-3 lead and never gave it back to win the match 13-8.
B.C. LaPrade gave the Hokies their first lead of the dual after beating #16 Logan Parks 3-2. With the match tied 2-2, LaPrade had an escape in the third period and was able to hang on to pull of the upset over Parks. LaPrade is now 4-1 in duals this season and 2-2 against ranked opponents.
David McFadden was the second Hokie to pick up bonus points Friday night with a 22-9 major decision over Tracy Hubbard. With the win, McFadden ups his win total to 99 career wins. He is now in sole possession of 13th on the Virginia Tech all-time wins list. McFadden is one win away from 100, a feat only 12 Hokies have accomplished.
Cody Hughes extended the Hokies' lead to 16-7 after winning a 7-4 decision over Jake Lowell. Hughes has now won three straight dual matches, giving him a 3-2 record in duals this season and 7-6 overall.
Hunter Bolen clinched the dual victory for the Hokies after an 18-4 major decision over Ben Cushman extended the lead to 20-7. Bolen remains an undefeated 5-0 in duals this season and improves his overall record to an impressive 15-1.
125: #11 Drew Hildebrandt dec. #12 Joey Prata, 3-1
133: Collin Gerardi dec. Drew Marten, 7-6
141: Dresden Simon MD Josh Baier, 18-4
149: Bryce Andonian dec. Corbyn Munson, 13-8
157: B.C. LaPrade dec. #16 Logan Parks, 3-2
165: #4 David McFadden MD Tracy Hubbard, 22-9
174: Cody Hughes dec. Jake Lowell, 7-4
184: #3 Hunter Bolen MD Ben Cushman, 18-4
197: Landon Pelham WBF Stanley Smeltzer, 3:21
285: #5 Matt Stencel dec. #18 John Borst, 3-1
Virginia Tech is set to take the mat in Cassell Coliseum for the first time in 2020 against West Virginia Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. The dual will be the Hokies sixth of the season and can be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
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