CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia Tech wrestling put the North Carolina loss behind them with a 20-16 win over Commonwealth Clash foe Virginia in Charlottesville Friday night.No. 18 Mitch Moore got the Hokies on the board with a 10-4 decision over Brian Courtney. It looked like Moore was about to pick up his seventh pin of the season, but Courtney was saved by the first period buzzer. Moore finished the match strong and gave the Hokies their first three points of the night.
After a slow start, the No. 7 Hokies rattled off six-straight match wins to improve to 9-1 on the season. Tech has now defeated its archrival in eight-straight duals dating back to January of 2015.
Two Hokies scored bonus points Friday night, each by major decision. Freshman Bryce Andonian and redshirt sophomore Hunter Bolen won 13-4 and 12-4, respectively.
The Hokies get their first ACC win of the season, while handing Virginia its second conference loss. Tech stands at 1-1 in ACC play this year.
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Bryce Andonian followed up Moore's three points with four of his own. The freshman picked up the 13-4 major decision over Denton Spencer by using a combination of takedowns and a four-point nearfall. Andonian improves to 14-4 on the season and 5-2 in dual matches.
No. 18 B.C. LaPrade gave the Hokies the lead with an 8-5 decision over Justin McCoy. LaPrade was holding on to a close 6-4 lead late, but shot in for a takedown to secure the win for Tech. The victory was the 11th of the season for the redshirt junior and his eighth dual win.
Bouncing back from his defeat last week, No. 5 David McFadden won the fourth-straight match for Tech. McFadden had a takedown and the riding time advantage to win a 5-1 decision over Cam Coy. The redshirt senior picked up his 17th win of the year and is now up to 103 career wins.
Cody Hughes added to the Hokies streak, winning the team's fifth-straight match. It was a defensive battle between the redshirt senior and Vic Marcelli as Hughes used an escape and riding time to win a 2-0 decision. The win was the 10th of the season for Hughes, reaching the double-digit plateau for the third time in his career.
No. 2 Hunter Bolen just keeps winning, claiming the sixth straight match for Tech. He picked up a 12-4 major decision over Michael Battista for his 20th win of the season, most of any Hokies' starter. The Christiansburg native is 10-0 in duals this season, outscoring his opponents 39-0.
125: #2 Jack Mueller (UVA) WBF #13 Joey Prata (VT), 4:10
133: Louie Hayes (UVA) dec. Collin Gerardi (VT), 5-3
141: #18 Mitch Moore (VT) dec. Brian Courtney (UVA), 10-4
149: Bryce Andonian (VT) MD Denton Spencer (UVA), 13-4
157: #18 B.C. LaPrade (VT) dec. Justin McCoy (UVA), 8-5
165: #5 David McFadden (VT) dec. Cam Coy (UVA), 5-1
174: Cody Hughes (VT) dec. Vic Marcelli (UVA), 2-0
184: #2 Hunter Bolen (VT) MD Michael Battista (UVA), 12-4
197: #9 Jay Aiello (UVA) MD Stanley Smeltzer (VT), 13-4
285: Quinn Miller (UVA) dec. #18 John Borst, 6-4
Virginia Tech will have an off-day Saturday before returning to action Sunday afternoon at Old Dominion. Sunday's dual will start at 1 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.