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Virginia Tech sweeps quad meet, improves to 4-0

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Virginia Tech wrestling won all three bouts Sunday at a quad meet vs. Ohio, Kent St. and West Virginia to improve to 4-0 on the 2020-21 season. The eighth-ranked Hokies lost just eight of the 30 matches Sunday afternoon and recorded 13 bonus-point victories.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
  • No. 18 Sam Latona was the only Hokie to go 3-0 Sunday afternoon. After winning his first match via forfeit, Latona won his second match in a 10-2 major decision before taking down No. 12 Killian Cardinale 3-2 in the only ranked matchup of the day.
  • The Hokies recorded three wins by fall in team-scored matches, including Sam Hillegas' second pin of the season after winning his first collegiate match via fall last week vs. Campbell. Bryce Andonian and Collin Gerardi also won by fall.
  • In Tech's 32-9 win over Kent St., the Hokies won seven matches, six of which were bonus-point wins. No. 1 and 2 in the country, Mekhi Lewis and Hunter Bolen, respectively, each secured technical falls in the win over the Golden Flashes.
  • Six Hokies made their dual debuts Sunday in Morgantown: Hunter Catka, Sam Fisher, Jake Hart, Clayton Ulrey, Nathan Warden and Brandon Wittenberg. Ulrey and Connor Brady also got their first career wins at 157 pounds, both earning bonus points.
  • Collin Gerardi wrestled for the first time this season after missing the Campbell dual last week, recording a pin in the dual with Ohio in 5:37.

    No. 8 Virginia Tech 39, Ohio 6
    125: No. 18 Sam Latona wins via forfeit
    133: No. 9 Korbin Myers (VT) dec. Mario Guillen (OHIO), 7-2
    141: Collin Gerardi (VT) WBF Conor McCrone (OHIO), 5:37
    149: No. 13 Bryce Andonian (VT) WBF Alex Mosconi (OHIO), 1:36
    157: Clayton Ulrey (VT) TF Kamal Adewumi (OHIO), 18-2 (5:00)
    165: No. 1 Mekhi Lewis (VT) MD Colt Yinger (OHIO), 12-2
    174: Logan Stanley (OHIO) dec. Sam Fisher (VT), 8-5
    184: Carson Brewer (OHIO) dec. Nathan Warden (VT), 4-3
    197: Andy Smith (VT) wins via forfeit
    285: Hunter Catka (VT) dec. Jordan Earnest (OHIO), 10-4

    No. 8 Virginia Tech 32, Kent St. 9
    125: No. 18 Sam Latona (VT) MD Jake Ferri (KENT), 10-2
    133: Brendon Fenton (KENT) dec. Brandon Wittenberg (VT), 5-2
    141: Sam Hillegas (VT) WBF Avry Mutschler (KENT), 1:49
    149: Kody Komara (KENT) dec. Jake Hart (VT), 3-2
    157: Connor Brady (VT) MD Ian Senz (KENT), 14-1
    165: No. 1 Mekhi Lewis (VT) TF James Limongi (KENT), 17-2 (6:47)
    174: No. 13 Andrew McNally (KENT) dec. Dakota Howard (VT), 13-8
    184: No. 2 Hunter Bolen (VT) TF Tyler Bates (KENT), 17-2 (5:00)
    197: Andy Smith (VT) dec. Colin McCracken (KENT), 6-4 (SV-1)
    285: No. 16 John Borst (VT) TF Jacob Cover (KENT), 15-0 (7:00)

    No. 8 Virginia Tech 24, West Virginia 10
    125: No. 18 Sam Latona (VT) dec. No. 12 Killian Cardinale (WVU), 3-2
    133: No. 9 Korbin Myers (VT) dec. Joey Thomas (WVU), 8-2
    141: Sam Hillegas (VT) dec. Jeffrey Boyd (WVU), 7-4
    149: No. 13 Bryce Andonian (VT) MD Brayden Roberts (WVU), 11-3
    157: Connor Brady (VT) dec. Alex Hornfeck (WVU), 8-2
    165: Peyton Hall (WVU) MD Jordan Florence (VT), 13-4
    174: Scott Joll (WVU) dec. Dakota Howard (VT), 13-8
    184: No. 2 Hunter Bolen (VT) MD Anthony Carman (WVU), 18-6
    197: No. 1 Noah Adams (WVU) dec. Andy Smith (VT), 7-3
    285: Hunter Catka (VT) MD Michael Wolfgram (WVU), 17-3

    Extra Matches
    197: Stan Smeltzer (VT) WBF Jace Bradbury (WVU), 4:19
    285: John Borst (VT) TF Jacob Padilla (OHIO), 17-0 (3:51)
    125: Joey Prata (VT) MD Colton Drousias (WVU), 12-0
    141: Collin Gerardi (VT) dec. Ryan Sullivan (WVU), 5-1
    157: Clayton Ulrey (VT) dec. Caleb Dowling (WVU), 7-4
    125: Joey Prata (VT) dec. Tomas Gutierrez (KENT), 6-1
    197: Stan Smeltzer (VT) TF Ryan Boyle (KENT), 19-4 (7:00)

    UP NEXT
    The Hokies will stay on the road and pay a visit to Chapel Hill for a ranked matchup with the Tar Heels Friday night. The dual will be shown on ACC Network as part of the network's Friday Night Duals package starting at 6 p.m.
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