Sam Latona won in the final match to give Virginia Tech the victory (Photo/Virginia Tech Athletics)
BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech wrestling defeated NC State 17-16, criterion 3.21.c after a takedown and near fall in the final seconds of the dual by redshirt freshman Sam Latona.
With the No. 8 Hokies trailing the No. 3 Wolfpack 16-13 going into the final matchup at 125 pounds, eighth-ranked Sam Latona stunned the fourth-ranked Jakob Camacho at the buzzer to not only steal the match, but the night. Latona's takedown with seconds left tied the meet at 16, but it was the near fall at the very end that put the Hokies ahead on the third criteria, 49-48 in total match points.
With the win, the Hokies clinch at least a share of the ACC Dual Meet Championship and are the only undefeated ACC team remaining. This is the second time in as many seasons that Tech has knocked off the No. 3 team in the country after defeating third-ranked Ohio State on Nov. 17, 2019.
133: #8 Korbin Myers (VT) MD #13 Jarrett Trombley (NCSU), 13-5
141: #10 Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. Sam Hillegas (VT), 5-1
149: #11 Bryce Andonian (VT) dec. Ed Scott (NCSU), 9-5
157: #2 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. Connor Brady (VT), 9-4
165: #1 Mekhi Lewis (VT) dec. #15 Thomas Bullard (NCSU), 5-0
174: #7 Daniel Bullard (NCSU) MD Dakota Howard (VT), 10-2
184: #2 Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. #4 Trent Hidlay (NCSU), 2-1
197: #16 Isaac Trumble (NCSU) dec. Stan Smeltzer (VT), 6-5
285: #19 Deonte Wilson (NCSU) dec. #17 John Borst (VT), 3-1
125: #8 Sam Latona (VT) dec. #4 Jakob Camacho (NCSU), 7-4
The Hokies wrap up the regular season next Friday in Cassell Coliseum with a dual vs. No. 15 Pitt at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network. Tech will win the ACC Dual Meet Championship outright with a win.